Learning and FAQs on Body Armor & Ballistic plates

Quick Comparison of Armor Types:

  • Our Armor: Better than Kevlar.  We use the more advanced, lighter, and longer lasting polyethylene.  Over 10 years in the making - 
  • All Body Armor in General: Retains stopping power over 5 years and degrades over time.
  • Body Armor Standards:  You'll see things like IIIA and IV across our site.  These signify the stopping power of the armor.  Below is a very simplified list and explanation.
    • IIIA = Stops select pistol bullets - Example: 9mm & .45
    • III = Stops select rifle bullets - Example: 5.56 & 7.62
    • IV = Stops select AP (Armor-Piercing) bullets - Example: .308 & 7.62 API
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  • Armor Materials: 


Quick Maintenance Guide:

  • Safe Use:  Any body armor you buy from anywhere - Use for 5 years with proper care.
  • Cleaning Bullet-Proof Vests: Separate body armor from carrier.  Begin by carefully scraping off large mud clumps.  Use warm water and a soft brush to gently clean remaining stains (Only apply water to brush). Let air dry away from the sun. *Most of our vests are machine washable and you can skip this if there is a "Machine Washable" tag.*
  • Cleaning Carrier Vests: Separate all parts.  Begin with carefully scraping off large mud clumps.  Use warm water and a soft brush to gently clean remaining stains. Let air dry away from the sun. 
  • Care of Body Armor: Do not wash. Do not leave in sunlight. Do not soak in water.  Body armor isn't washable. If damaged, replace as soon as you can.


Quick Policies:

  • Return Period: 30 Days
  • Return Exemptions: We reserve the right to refuse a return for any reason.  We usually return almost anything though.
  • General Returns: Take a picture of the issue and include it in the return request.  We pay return shipping if we made a mistake.
  • Shipping Period: 10-15 Days inside the U.S. (Unless faster shipping is purchased.)
  • Handling Period: 3 Days  
  • First Responder Discount:  10% discount for law enforcement, military, and first responders.  Make an account and then email Responder@AtomicDefense.com with an image of your credentials for automatic discounts.
  • International, State, and County Government Purchases:  Please contact Gov@AtomicDefense.com if you don't already have an account.
  • Not all equipment available to civilians:  For access to armored vehicles, ammunition, contracts, and more - contact Gov@AtomicDefense.com
  • Your Information:  We don't your sell information. No exceptions.


Q: What are our plates made of?

Polyethylene (PE) and Ceramic because it provides better protection and usage.  Pure polyethylene on all NIJ IIIA and lower ratings.

Q: Does our armor meet all NIJ guidelines?

Yes, all guidelines from the National Institute of Justice are always met.

Q: What is the lifespan of armor plates?

5 years, and don't let anyone tell you longer.  Please do the research.

Q: Are Atomic plates multi-hit capable?

Yes, all plates are tested for a minimum of one round per NIJ standards.  Though, it does depend on the type of round and type of armor.

Q: How much do your plates weigh?

They are all different.  Our NIJ III plates are less than the 6+ pound standard.  A lot lighter than steel plates and lighter than kevlar.

Q: Do you offer custom orders?

Yes, please contact Sales@AtomicDefense.com with your orders and questions.

Q: What is the difference between X-line coating and the cloth?

X-Line helps compress and slow the wear of the armor. Cloth does the same but less effectively.

Q: Can you private label for me or can I be a dealer Atomic?

Yes, we can private label or you can sell Atomic products and earn a 5% commission.  

Q: Do you accept wire transfers?

Yes, on large orders before production. 40/60

Q: Do you sell AR500 plates?

No, we consider steel unsafe and barbaric when compared to our polyethylene.

Quick Legalities:

  • **Safe For Travel: No need to worry, you can travel through TSA security with our polyethylene armor.
  • **Legal To Own: Civilians in the USA can own and use body armor.  Consult an attorney for specific use cases.


**Consult a legal representative from your state and specific jurisdiction if you have questions regarding the legal aspects of any items listed here.  

**Laws constantly change and we do not promise that you will be able to purchase our equipment tomorrow.

**US law states that you cannot wear body armor while committing a crime.  

**You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Atomic Defense, its officers, directors, employees, agents, distributors, advertisers, sponsors, content partners and affiliates from and against any and all claims, actions, demands, liabilities, costs, or expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, resulting from your breach of the Terms of Use.



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