How is Armor Rated?

The US National Institute for Justice (NIJ) categorizes threat levels for various types of armor. Generally speaking 2A is rated for some handgun calibers, 3A is rated for handgun including 44 magnum while 3+ (like our hard plates) can withstand 5.56, 7.62x39 as well as handgun calibers. Level 4 plates are rated for larger rounds such as  
Read the NIJ PDF on armor testing 

 

What is Armor made of?

Two general types of armor exist, soft armor which is usually flexible and made of multiple layers of Kevlar, and hard armor made for Kevlar and ceramic plates or hardened steel. Steel plates are usually made of AR500 hardened steel, and while they may protect from some rifle calibers, they are also much heavier and can spall when hit. Ceramic plates are lighter and can be shaped to a body's contours better. 

 

What if my armor gets shot?

Although body armor may stop a round from entering your body, you can still suffer severe trauma because of the terminal ballistics of a round hitting you. Organ damage and internal injuries can still take place. You must seek medical attention. Some plate carriers allow you to add a trauma panel behind the plate to help reduce this damage.

 

Sale of Body Armor

Each province regulates the sale of body armor. Some have specific regulations, some do not. In many cases MMD will have to verify if you are permitted to buy Armor form us. You are also responsible for following your provincial regulations. 

BRITISH COLUMBIA: BODY ARMOUR CONTROL ACT
British Columbia has its own set of regulations that are very similar to the Alberta regulations. This will apply if you are purchasing Body Armour from within British Columbia.
Under the rules, body armor vendors may only sell to those who present a valid permit or have proof that an exemption applies.
Please refer to The Body Armour Control Act (British Columbia) for most update information regarding permits and exemptions: www.bclaws.ca

 

ALBERTA: BODY ARMOUR CONTROL ACT:
Alberta's body armour legislation is designed to help make Alberta’s communities safer and help police forces in their efforts to reduce gang violence across the province. The legislation ensures only those with a legitimate reason to do so or who have obtained a permit through Justice and Solicitor General can wear body armour.
Under the rules, body armor vendors may only sell to those who present a valid permit or have proof that an exemption applies.
Please refer to the Body Armour Control Act for most update information regarding permits and exemptions: www.bodyarmourcontrol.alberta.ca

Purchase of Body Armor requires a valid Alberta Body Armor Permit or a valid form of exemption listed in the Alberta Body Armor Control Act. For shipments being sent within the province of Alberta, a valid PAL may also be used as an exemption to purchase this product. The PAL does not qualify as an exemption in all Provinces, please refer to the Body Armour Control policies that apply to your particular Province.

Possession and Aquisition Licence (PAL) does not qualify as an exemption outside of Alberta

 

MANITOBA: THE BODY ARMOUR AND FORTIFIED VEHICLE CONTROL ACT ():
Much like Alberta, Manitoba has its own set of regulations that apply to Body Armour. This will apply if you are purchasing Body Armour from within Manitoba.
Under the rules, body armor vendors may only sell to those who present a valid permit or have proof that an exemption applies.
Please refer to the The Body Armour and Fortified Vehicle Control Act for most update information regarding permits and exemptions: www.gov.mb.ca/justice/safe/bafvca

 

SASKATCHEWAN: BODY ARMOUR CONTROL
Saskatchewan currently does not have any regulations on the purchase of Body Armour for individuals. We will use the Alberta Body Armour Control Act for regulation when dealing with sales of Body Armour to Saskatchewan. This will apply if you are purchasing Body Armour from within Saskatchewan.
Under the rules, body armor vendors may only sell to those who present a valid permit or have proof that an exemption applies.
Please refer to the Body Armour Control Act for most update information regarding permits and exemptions: www.bodyarmourcontrol.alberta.ca

 

ONTARIO: BODY ARMOUR CONTROL
Ontario currently does not have any regulations on the purchase of Body Armour for individuals. We will use the Alberta Body Armour Control Act for regulation when dealing with sales of Body Armour to Ontario. This will apply if you are purchasing Body Armour from within Ontario.
Under the rules, body armor vendors may only sell to those who present a valid permit or have proof that an exemption applies.
Please refer to the Body Armour Control Act for most update information regarding permits and exemptions: www.bodyarmourcontrol.alberta.ca

 

NOVA SCOTIA: BODY ARMOUR CONTROL
Nova Scotia has its own set of regulations that are very similar to the Alberta regulations. This will apply if you are purchasing Body Armour from within Nova Scotia.
Under the rules, body armor vendors may only sell to those who present a valid permit or have proof that an exemption applies.
Please refer to The Body Armour Control Act (Nova Scotia) for most update information regarding permits and exemptions: http://nslegislature.ca/legc/bills/61st_3rd/3rd_read/b035.htm