If you’ve decided to look into protecting your home and family with a ballistic shield, you’re not alone. Over the past few years, more and more Americans have acquired one of these protective devices that have traditionally been used only by police and the military. But before you purchase one, it’s useful to be aware of the qualities of a superior model. Here are a few questions to ask.

How Heavy is a Ballistic Shield?

Most people expect that a device capable of stopping a bullet would be heavy. But a typical round ballistic shield is surprisingly easy to lift. Many models weigh as little as eight pounds. Search for one that is best suited to your size and strength. Make sure you’re able to handle the shield with one arm, as you may want to have one hand free to handle, if necessary, a firearm.

Will a Ballistic Shield Stop Any Bullet?

A top quality ballistic shield should be rated to withstand an NIJ IIIA threat level. In other words, it can stop up to a .44 magnum round at 1,400 feet per second. Do an online search for ballistic shield test videos to learn more about their stopping power.

What is a Ballistic Shield Made Of?

Ballistic shields are most often comprised of materials such as UHMWPE (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene), which has the highest impact strength of any thermoplastic presently made, or pre-preg aramid fibers, commonly used in aerospace and military applications. Be sure to ask any dealer about the specific composition of their shields.

A ballistic shield is one of the best investments you can make in the safety of you and your loved ones. By doing as much research as possible and asking the right questions, you can feel confident you’ll be acquiring the best possible model.

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Robert Gombos

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