We are often asked if our made in North America body armour lines are NIJ certified. They are not.
They DO however meet and by far exceed the NIJ standard set forth by that organization.
S&J Hardware believes that soft and hard armour should be freely available to citizens, and that it should be an affordable item. In a world where we are becoming more and more disarmed, the last line of defence is often to hunker down and wait an indeterminate amount of time for Law Enforcement to arrive and settle the situation. We also strongly believe that Law Enforcement and other front line service workers that don’t have large budgets should be able to effective protect themselves on the job.
NIJ is a for profit company that sets the standards, revises them and qualifies testing facilities to test body armour product to their standard. Companies send in samples of a specific product, and pay around $40,000 USD PER INDIVIDUAL PRODUCT LINE to have it tested and certified. NIJ regularly (about once a decade) updates the standard (a major one is coming next year) and all products have to be retested to that standard. If you have three certified products, that means $120k in retesting.
Our armour is tested at a facility in Ottawa Canada to the NIJ standard. We are NOT certified by NIJ, but all our armour meets, and again, BY FAR exceeds the NIJ standards.
So what does this mean for you, the consumer? It means that you don’t have to pay for us to be tested at NIJ and get certification. Thats the core reason behind the pricing on our armour. We do not compromise on quality. We have an in house engineer that works on our designs and close long term relationships with the suppliers and manufacturers we use to produce our armour products.
We stand by our beliefs and the quality of our products, and intend to continue to product the best possible armour products and the most accessible prices we can.