NIJ Level IIIA (3a) Invictus Soft Armour Panels (2023)

Features
Low profile and flexible lightweight fabrics
Unisex design
Water and oil resistant
UV and fungal growth resistant
Scalable configurations - addoptional components to increase protection area

Protection & Coverage
Independent testing to the standards
NIJ Level IIIA (3a) .44 magnum edge to edge performance
Incudes protection against 9mm FMJ, .357 magnum and 7.25x25mm Tokorev LC

STANAG 2920 V50 fragmentation550-575m/s
Coverage area f
ront, back, sides with optional components available

Compatibility
Panels are compatible and transferable between most VestGuard external covers
This solution is compatible with VestGuard ICW and SA hard armour plates to achieve rifle protection
Place behind hard plates to achieve the required rifle protection level

Sizing
Incremental sizes S-XXXXL
Bespoke

Materials
Layers of unidirectional ballistic fabrics
Encapsulated in a sonic welded waterproofpolyurethane (PU) bag
Heat and flame resistant (BS 6941:2003)

Applications
Civilian
Military
Media & press
Government
Law enforcement
Emergency services

Colours
Outer finish in white or black depending on availability of materials

Weight & Thickness
Weight from 1.48 kg (1.96kg Size L)
6.7mm flexible technology wraps aroundthe contours of the body

Care
Easy cleaning
Care instructions included

Accreditations
ISO 9001:2015 quality standard
CE marked ergonomic design

Manufacturers Warranty*
5 Year Protection Guarantee
1 Year excellence warranty
Made in the UK by VestGuard withQuality and Protection Guarantee

Availability
Some sizes / colours may be available
This item may be made to order

Bulk Purchases
Please contact our sales team
+44 (0)1621 816614 orcontact us

Optional component parts

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Collar

Shoulders

Groin

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Side backing
IPad backing

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UK Delivery

Our aim is to dispatch orders received before 12:00 the same working day, subject to stock availability. Orders received after 12:00 will be processed and dispatched the next working day, subject to stock availability.

Orders will be dispatched via the delivery method chosen at time of order whenstock is available for dispatch. Please contact us as soon as possible if a different method is required.

Please be aware that our emails confirming your order are automated so please check your junk emails. If you have not received a confirmation email and would like further updates on your order, please email sales@vestguard.com

We rely on outside courier services to deliver all our goods. Whilst we cannot guarantee any delivery times, our team are always happy to assist in the event there is a question about delivery.

If there is no one present to receive an order a card will be left to advise a delivery has been attempted and arrangements can be made to re-deliver or collect the order from a local depot.

We cannot be held responsible for any items lost due to misinformation provided so please ensure the delivery details are accurate.Proof of identity is required when collecting any package.

If an order is required urgently, please telephone our team for stock availability.

Please check sizing carefully to ensure the right product is purchased. If you are unsure send us an email or call a member of our sales team. (check our policy on returns and exchanges.

Buying online is safe and easy

We accept all major credit and debit cards using Sage Pay secure portal

We accept PayPal and funds must be cleared prior to dispatch

For security reasons we can only accept deliveries to the card holders registered address

Large Orders and Tenders

Contact VestGuard sales team if your requirement is for a larger number of units.

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We will provide you with a quotation based on your requirements.

Lead-time based on 100-1000 units is approximately 6-8 weeks from confirmed date of order.

International Orders

All our products are available for sale to customers in every country, however our website is unable to accept orders from non-uk customers. Please contact VestGuard UK by phone +44 (0)1621 816614 or by email sales@vestguard.com to purchase products if you are outside of the UK.

Some items are military grade products and may require a license to export, which we will advise you of when you contact us.

VestGuard is able to manufacture 1 unit up to 100,000 units of body armour.

We offer delivery methods by air, road and sea.

VestGuard is an internationally recognised brand name with over 500,000 units sold worldwide to customers in all sectors.

VestGuard have supplied products to over 8000 customers in 50 different countries. We aim to meet any requirement quickly and to a high standard.

Become a VestGuard Agent

If you would like to become a VestGuard agent or stock VestGuard products in your country please contact Oliver Lincoln, Managing Director, at sales@vestguard.com to discuss the opportunity.

Frequently Asked Delivery Questions

Q. I have placed an order, how long will it take to come?

A. We will always endeavour to ship your goods out the very same day via the method of delivery you have chosen (please note our cut off times above). Where this is not possible, we will ship your order the next working day. If any of the items on your order are out of stock we will contact you as soon as possible to advice you of the lead-time. Due to the vast array of variations on our website, we cannot guarantee stock availability at time of order.

Q. I need some body armour urgently, can you help?

A. Yes, we are very quick to react to urgent operational requirements and hold stock of many ranges of body armour for same and next day delivery. Contact us as soon as you are aware of the urgency to ensure we have the best possible lead-time to assist you.

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Q. Can you ship to another address other than the registered card holders address?

A. Yes, you can make payment for goods via online bank transfer or over the counter of any bank or building society. Once the funds are registered as received we will proceed to ship your order to any delivery address you request.

Q. Can you ship to another country?

A. Yes, we are able to ship to almost any country in the world. We have a network of couriers who can offer a full range of air, sea and land based services to wherever it needs to go. We can also offer EX works, FOB, CIF, and C&F options depending on your needs. We can also provide Certificates of Origin, and other documentation for local customs and assist with anything on route. Prices vary so please contact us for a quotation.

Q. Can I return a product?

A. Yes. You can return a product if you contact us within 7 days and return within 14 days. If you have been made aware that these items have been made to order, there may be a restocking fee for returning an item which is made to order for your requirements.

Q. Can I return a bespoke product?

A. No. You can only return a bespoke product if it is faulty or damaged for repair/replacement. All goods are inspected before they leave our offices to ensure they are of the highest quality. Bespoke products are made to specific requirements for you or your customer and as such are unique to your needs.

VestGuard body armour may not conform to standard clothing sizes and we recommend reviewing the below sizing guide before purchasing. We also strongly recommend completing theSize Submission Format the bottom of this page either before or after your purchase and our team will suggest the most suitable size for your needs based on the measurements you provide. You can submit as many forms as you have body amrour and we will be able to advise on each.

Chest Inches (cm)Waist / Stomach Inches (cm)Front lengthInches (cm)Back length Inches (cm)
Small34-38 (86-96)26-30 (66-76)13 (33)17 (43)
Medium38-43 (96-109)30-34 (74-86)14 (35)18 (46)
Large43-46 (109-116)34-38 (86-96)15 (38)19 (48)
XL46-48 (116-122)38-42 (96-107)16 (40)20 (51)
XXL48-50 (122-127)42-46 (107-117)16.5 (42)20.5 (52)
XXXL50-52 (127-132)46-50 (117-127)17 (43)21 (53)
XXXXL52-53 (132-135)50-53 (127-137)17.5 (44)21.5 (54)
MICHPASGT / SF
Inches (cm)Inches (cm)
Small20.5-21.6 (52-55)20.5-21.2 (52-54)
Medium21.6-22.8 (55-58)21.2-22.8 (54-58)
Large22.8-23.6 (58-60)22.4-23.6 (57-60)
XL24.0-25.2 (61-64)23.6-25.2 (60-64)

Please consider the clothing that will be worn during typical duties under or over your body armour. Body armour is ergonomicallydesigned to sit around your belly button +/- 1 inch.This is the ideal position to allow the wearer to sit or crouch whilst wearing body armour. Most of our body armour is adjustable around the waist and shoulders and will typically size up and down a size to meet your individual requirements.

Take measurement from the forehead and extend the tape all the way around your head.

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Size Guide and Measurement Form (body armour and helmets)

Frequently Asked Sizing Questions

Q. How do I know what size I am?

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A. You will need a tape measure and our sizing table. Measure around the largest circumference of your Chest and Waist/Stomach. Using these two measurements identify the sizes of both on the sizing table and then select the highest of the two. This will be the most suitable size to fit your body shape. We suggest completing theSize Submission Formto ensure the best size is recommended to match your measurements.

Q. What height does the vest fit?

A. People are all different shapes and sizes and body armour works differently between overt and covert styles. If you are between 5'8" and 6'1" our standard armour should be suitable to fit your body. If you have a shorter or longer upper body than usual please contact us to discuss which size is most suitable for you.

Q. Do you supply female sizes?

A. All of our NIJ level II(2), NIJ level IIIA(3A) and Home Office HO1 KR1 SP1 armour are made from very flexible and thin layers which contour and fit the body shape of both our male and female customers. Some higher level solutions may not be as flexible in standard stock sizes and may not suit some body shapes. Please contact our sales team if you require further assistance.

Q. What happens if the vest does not fit me?

A. We will always do our very best to supply the perfect size first time. If you feel you do not have the right size please contact us to discuss how we can assist you.

Q. I want a vest that will fit me perfectly, can this be done?

A. All our vests are designed to size up and size down, with most of our latest models offering full tailoring over the shoulders, and around the waist. This allows the vest to be fitted exactly to the individuals preferences. in 99% of cases, a standard vest will fit our customers. By completing theSize Submission Formbelow our teamcan assess each individual and advise further. With over 20 years of experience in the industry we can guarantee satisfaction.

Please complete the below measurements for VestGuard to recommend the most appropriate sizes for your needs. This form can be submitted before or after an order is made and will help VestGuard ship out the most appropriate size for your body shape. Please complete one form for each vest purchased.

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ChestWaist / StomachFront lengthBack Length
Inches (cm)Inches (cm)Inches (cm)Inches (cm)
Small34-38 (86-96)26-30 (66-76)13 (33)17 (43)
Medium38-43 (96-109)30-34 (74-86)14 (35)18 (46)
Large43-46 (109-116)34-38 (86-96)15 (38)19 (48)
XL46-48 (116-122)38-42 (96-107)16 (40)20 (51)
XXL48-50 (122-127)42-46 (107-117)16.5 (42)20.5 (52)
XXXL50-52 (127-132)46-50 (117-127)17 (43)21 (53)
XXXXL52-53 (132-135)50-53 (127-137)17.5 (44)21.5 (54)
MICHPASGT / SF
Inches (cm)Inches (cm)
Small20.5-21.6 (52-55)20.5-21.2 (52-54)
Medium21.6-22.8 (55-58)21.2-22.8 (54-58)
Large22.8-23.6 (58-60)22.4-23.6 (57-60)
XL24.0-25.2 (61-64)23.6-25.2 (60-64)

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FAQs

What will Level 3A soft body armor stop? ›

Level IIIA armor is going to stop every handgun caliber round up to a . 44 Magnum. Since most LEOs killed and wounded are by small arms, such as handguns, Level IIIA is sufficient for normal police use. Level III armor withstands the shot from an AR-15 and other sporting rifles.

What rounds will a Level 3A vest stop? ›

Level IIIA vests are the toughest 'soft' armor available, able to stop . 357 SIG rounds and . 44 Magnum bullets – for officers expecting to face handgun-fire, this may be the best option. With many layers of protective padding, these can stop all of the above ammunition-types.

What is a Level 3A NIJ rating? ›

Level IIIA: Level IIIA is soft for easy flexibility but offers excellent protection against . 357 SIG and . 44 Magnum ammunition fired from longer barrel handguns. Level III: This hard body armor uses metal plates or other composite materials to withstand rifle rounds.

What will penetrate Level 3A body armor? ›

Under NIJ 0101.06 requirements, level IIIA armor is tested against . 357 SIG and . 44 MAG. However, level IIIA body armor is capable of stopping most handgun rounds on the market.

Will IIIA stop 9mm? ›

NIJ Level IIIa is the highest level available in soft armor and can stop all of the above ammunition, as well as 9mm Parabellum rounds fired from semi-automatic and .

Does soft body armor stop bullets? ›

Knife-resistant body armor

Soft ballistics are designed to protect against threats such as bullets and shrapnel. However, it may not be as effective against edged weapons such as knives or sharp objects, as they can penetrate the protective material.

Will 357 Sig penetrate body armor? ›

According to the NIJ, Level IIIA body armor defeats a . 357 Sig FMJ Flat Nose (FN) weighing less than 8.1 grams or 125 grain. The muzzle velocity must be under 1,470 ft/per second at this weight for a Level IIIA to stop the bullet.

What level armor do cops wear? ›

What level body armor do police wear? Most patrol officers choose to wear level IIIA soft armor vests for their everyday wear while on duty. But this is often supplemented with level III and IV 5 x 8 or 7 x 9 hard plates that can come in small form factors for inclusion with everyday duty wear.

What will a IIIA helmet stop? ›

Even so, Level III-A represents the current benchmark for ballistic helmets used by military and special forces. Level III-A provides greater protection than level II and against most factory handgun loads in the calibres 44 Magnum, 9mm, and 357 Magnum, as well as against lesser threats.

Is NIJ 3A stab proof? ›

Bullet and stab-resistant vest | NIJ 3A | ProtectionGroup.

Will Level 3A stop 308? ›

Will Level 3 Body Armor Stop a . 308 Winchester? Yes, a NIJ Level III body armor plate will stop a 7.62 x 51mm bullet from penetration.

Does Level 3A stop buckshot? ›

Level IIIA protects the wearer from shotgun rounds including 00 buckshot, 12 ga. slugs and even submachine gun rounds. In conjunction with our level IV rifle plate, our armor protects against rifle threats all the way up to .

How long does 3a body armor last? ›

Believe it or not, body armor is manufactured with an expiration date, which is usually around 5 years after a vest is produced. While expired vests may still offer considerable protection, they aren't nearly as reliable or consistent as a vest that is not expired.

Is soft body armor worth it? ›

Soft Armor is lightweight armor that provides pistol-rated protection, is highly concealable, and is flexible due to its material composition. The downsides to soft armor panels are it does not provide rifle-rated protection, have a higher backface deformation, and have a shorter shelf-life of 5 years.

What body armor will stop a 308? ›

Level III polyethylene plates are ultra-lightweight and can stop rifle bullets up to and including 7.62mm/. 308 caliber.

Will Level 3A stop a rifle round? ›

The most important thing to remember about a Level 3A soft armor insert is that it will stop handgun bullets, but will not stop any rifle caliber bullet, including a 5.56mm (M193) or 7.62x39mm.

What is a cop killer bullet? ›

Teflon-coated bullets, sometimes colloquially, also known as "cop killer bullets", are bullets that have been covered with a coating of polytetrafluoroethylene.

Will Level 3A stop shotgun? ›

Level 3A protects against shotguns and handguns including a . 44 magnum.

What is the strongest soft armor? ›

Bulletproof vests at Levels I-IIIa use soft materials like Kevlar®, which are incredibly strong and can trap and slow bullets to a complete stop. A bulletproof vest at Level IIIa can stop the vast majority of ammunition used in handguns and is the strongest soft body armor available.

What handgun can penetrate body armor? ›

223-caliber/5.56mm weapons. Even from a short barrel, these calibers can defeat Kevlar easily.

Why is armor piercing ammo illegal? ›

To protect the lives and safety of law enforcement officers from the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest when fired from a handgun, the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), as amended, prohibits the import, manufacture, and distribution of "armor piercing ammunition" as defined by the statute.

Will a .357 penetrate grizzly bear skull? ›

357 Magnum at close range, and the bear was then killed with a rifle. Upon skinning, they found that none of the six soft point handgun bullets had penetrated the bear's skull.

Does the FBI still use 357 SIG? ›

Current FBI regulations stipulate that three handguns, the double-action-only Smith & Wesson 4586 in . 45 ACP, the Glock Model 22 in . 40 S&W, and the SIG P239 chambered for . 357 SIG, are approved carry guns for its field agents.

Why is 357 SIG not more popular? ›

357 Sig offers some impressive ballistics but comes with some costs. Specifically, it's harder on guns, harder on the shooter, and more expensive. That isn't new information; this would be a clue as to why it isn't the most popular cartridge in the world for law enforcement or other purposes.

What level armor do Marines use? ›

Does the Military Use Level 4 Armor? The U.S. military wears only NIJ-Listed Level 4 plates in active combat environments, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and small conflicts in Africa and South America. The reason they always wear 4 is the protection it offers versus Level 3 plates.

What is level 7 armor? ›

UL 752 Level 7 Bullet Resistant Barriers

Most commonly used as a protection barrier against multiple shots from a military assault rifle, such as the M-16, and the like, with muzzle energy of 1158-1402 foot-pounds (1570-1901J). Nominal Thickness. 1 – 1/8” Nominal Weight. 11.7 lbs per square foot.

What vest do swat wear? ›

For this reason, the SWAT and tactical teams often use overt bulletproof vests, when they go into the field. Overt vests are vests that are worn over the clothing. They provide maximum protection against a barrage of weaponry.

Why do helmets only last 5 years? ›

Helmets have a limited lifespan because the resin and other materials used in the manufacturing process over time can be effected by your body fluids, hair oils, ultraviolet light and normal wear and tear. It is prudent advice to replace your helmet 5 years after purchase or 7 years after the production date.

Can an AR-15 penetrate a military helmet? ›

The military classifies the AR-15 and its variants as assault rifles because they were specifically designed for offensive combat operations. As a matter of fact, the Army's design specification for the AR-15 stipulated it had to penetrate a steel helmet at 500 yards. Those are the facts.

What is the strongest helmet army? ›

If you must choose one military helmet that is "the best," then the likeliest candidate is the ECH. The ECH is almost identical in appearance to the ACH but uses a different chin strap and is made of ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene-material (UHMWPE).

Who uses 3a body armor? ›

Level III (Rifle):

This armor is designed to stop rifle rounds, such as 7.62x51mm NATO and . 223 Remington. It is commonly used by military personnel and law enforcement tactical units. In a nutshell, a Level 3 body armor rating is designed to protect against NATO .

Will a knife penetrate a bulletproof vest? ›

The Difference Between Stab and Spike Protection

A bullet proof vest works by trapping and flattening a bullet within protective fibres, dispersing the energy across the vest. An edged weapon like a knife will impact in the same way, but will cut these protective fibres, rendering the vest useless.

What is the hardest hitting 308 bullet? ›

The Liberty Ammunition . 308 Win. is the fastest at 3,500 FPS, and exits a rifle with a muzzle energy of 2,700 FPE. This lead-free copper monolithic, fragmenting hollow-point Liberty Ammunition round is the next generation of one of the most popular hunting and long range rounds in existence.

Can 5.56 penetrate Level 3? ›

Level III will stop most of all 5.56mm and 7.62mm bullets, but will not defeat military-grade armor-piercing ammo. For example, a NATO M855 5.56 x 45mm bullet with a 62-grain steel core will defeat a Level III armor system.

Is 308 a dying round? ›

Better options exist and, the longer the shot, the wider the performance gap between the 6.5/6mm cartridges and the . 308. Clearly, the . 308 is dead among long-range competitive shooters, as they are not bound by nostalgia or logistics.

What hurts more buckshot or slug? ›

Slugs: The Shotgun's Heavy Hitters

They can even be fired from special slug barrels that contain rifling grooves to help stabilize the slug in flight. This means that a slug can deliver significantly more energy upon impact than buckshot or birdshot, and do it at a greater distance as well.

Will a 12 gauge slug go through body armor? ›

Finally, a slug is unlikely to penetrate body armor, but it transmits sufficient energy through the vest to cause massive and often debilitating injury.

Are slugs more lethal than buckshot? ›

A load of buckshot is devastating at close range while a shotgun slug allows for target engagement at longer ranges. Both types of shotgun loads are incredibly effective at harvesting big game and for self-defense.

What body armor lasts the longest? ›

While steel body armor lasts about 15-20 years before you need to replace it, standard ceramic body armor only last 5-7 years. And those 5-7 years is why you keep getting new armor.

Why is body armor only good for 5 years? ›

There are several reasons why body armor expires, such as weather or light, but what it comes down to is the chemical compounds that make up the armor. And those chemicals tend to break down over time.

Does soft body armor actually expire? ›

The short answer is yes, body armor expires. Expiration is due to the fibers in the vests breaking down over time. Just like your regular clothes, simply wearing your armor causes fibers to break down and that's completely normal.

What body armor do seals wear? ›

SAPI and ESAPI are the most technically advanced body armor fielded by the U.S. military, and are constructed of boron carbide ceramic with a Spectra shield backing that breaks down projectiles and halts their momentum.

Should body armor be tight? ›

Your side straps need to be tight enough to eliminate vulnerability gaps in your armor but still allow enough room for unrestrained movement. Your front and rear panels should also be even at the bottom. This aids with unnecessary wear and tear due to rubbing.

Is soft body armor stab proof? ›

As a rule, you can't count on soft body armor providing much protection against bladed or sharp-tipped weapons either. Seeing as soft armor's generally just fabric, knives and spikes can naturally slash or pierce the armor.

What caliber will a Level 3a vest stop? ›

Level IIIA vests are the toughest 'soft' armor available, able to stop . 357 SIG rounds and . 44 Magnum bullets – for officers expecting to face handgun-fire, this may be the best option. With many layers of protective padding, these can stop all of the above ammunition-types.

What body armor can stop 500 Magnum? ›

Level IV body armor can defeat a . 30-06 AP (armor-piercing) round. This means that Level 4 body armor will also stop all smaller rounds, including armor piercing 308, all pistol rounds (including Five-Seven, 500 magnum, and 50 Action Express), and shotgun slugs.

Will a .44 Magnum penetrate body armor? ›

However, any bullet – small or large – that travels at a high rate of speed will get through body armor. Huge handgun rounds such as . 44 Magnum and . 45 ACP will travel at slower speeds, which allows the body armor to stop them.

Will Level 3 soft armor stop 556? ›

Level III armor or greater is the best choice for protection among the armors on the CPL. 5.56mm/. 223 Green Tip Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) ammunition has a part steel core.

Can level 3a stop 308? ›

Will Level 3 Body Armor Stop a . 308 Winchester? Yes, a NIJ Level III body armor plate will stop a 7.62 x 51mm bullet from penetration.

Is Level 3a body armor stab proof? ›

The BulletSafe Level IIIA body armor is also stab-proof. Whether the attacker is using a knife, razor, axe, or even an ice pick, the BulletSafe Level IIIA Body Armor can withstand any type of weapon.

Does Level 3a stop buckshot? ›

Level IIIA protects the wearer from shotgun rounds including 00 buckshot, 12 ga. slugs and even submachine gun rounds. In conjunction with our level IV rifle plate, our armor protects against rifle threats all the way up to .

Is Level 3 or 3A better? ›

Level IIIA: Offers even greater protection, suitable for high-velocity 9mm and . 44 Magnum ammunition. Level III: Resists rifle rounds, specifically 7.62mm FMJ lead core rifle ammunition. Level IV: The highest NIJ body armor level, designed to withstand armor-piercing rifle rounds.

What level body armor do police wear? ›

What level body armor do police wear? Most patrol officers choose to wear level IIIA soft armor vests for their everyday wear while on duty. But this is often supplemented with level III and IV 5 x 8 or 7 x 9 hard plates that can come in small form factors for inclusion with everyday duty wear.

Will soft body armor stop a knife? ›

Vests that are designed to protect against bullets will not be able to protect against edged and spiked weapons, such as knives, bottles or needles. Similarly, a vest that is resistant to edged blades may not be able to protect against spiked weapons.

Will Level 3a stop a knife? ›

Level 3a of pure Kevlar won't stop most knives altogether. Take a Kabar for example, it will definitely reduce the depth of penetration. Depending on the knife, the energy behind it and location of penetration, the vest will do plenty of good.

What is the best armor against bullets? ›

Bulletproof vests at Levels I-IIIa use soft materials like Kevlar®, which are incredibly strong and can trap and slow bullets to a complete stop. A bulletproof vest at Level IIIa can stop the vast majority of ammunition used in handguns and is the strongest soft body armor available.

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