• Diamondback Tactical body armor is protective clothing, helmets and shields that mitigate damage from ballistic impacts. Body armor can be in multiple forms, most commonly soft armor panels and hard armor plates that are inserted into tactical vests and jackets to protect vital areas.
  • Body armor is defined and regulated by the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice and provides guidelines and standards for testing and wear.
  • See: http://www.nij.gov/topics/technology/body-armor/pages/welcome.aspx
  • It is legal for persons to purchase and own personal body armor in the United States. The exception is that convicted felons anywhere in the United States are restricted from purchasing or possessing body armor and can face severe penalties if they do so. In addition, the use or possession of body armor during the commission of a crime can result in additional charges.
  • The State of Connecticut prohibits the purchase body armor over the internet so sales of body armor in Connecticut must take place face to face, such as at a retail store.
    • There are no background checks for the purchase of body armor, which means you are solely responsible for your purchase and ensuring you have the legal right to purchase and possess Diamondback Tactical products.
    • Diamondback policy is to sell body armor only to persons 18 years and older.
      • To ensure uniform levels of protection, the National Institute of Justice has developed a rigorous set of tests, protocols, and certification processes to define the capabilities, use, and performance of body armor. These levels employ a range of performance criteria, including size and type of ballistic rounds, muzzle velocity, number and locations of ballistic impacts on armor, firing distance, back-face deformation, and other technical parameters.
      • The current and most up-to-date standard for NIJ-certified armor is the NIJ 0106 standard, which applies to soft and hard armor, and the NIJ 0108 that applies to hard-armor ballistic shields.
      • The body armor levels offered by Diamondback Tactical are Level 2 and Level 3A, which are soft-armor panels, and Level 3 and level 4, which are hard-armor rifle plates. Below is a quick reference chart with credit to Wikipedia.
Armor Level Threat Protection
Type I (.22 LR; .380 ACP) This armor is designed to protect against the following threats, but it is no longer part of NIJ standard:

  • 2.6 g (40 gr) .22 Long Rifle Lead Round Nose (LR LRN) bullets at a velocity of 329 m/s (1080 ft/s ± 30 ft/s); and
  • 6.2 g (95 gr) .380 ACP Full Metal Jacketed Round Nose (FMJ RN) bullets at a velocity of 322 m/s (1055 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
Type II (9 mm; .357 Magnum) New armor protects against:

  • 8 g (124 gr) 9 mm FMJ RN bullets at a velocity of 398 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1305 ft/s ± 30 ft/s); and
  • 10.2 g (158 gr) .357 Magnum Jacketed Soft Point bullets at a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
Type IIIA (.357 SIG; .44 Magnum) New armor protects against:

  • 8.1 g (125 gr) .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets at a velocity of 448 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1470 ft/s ± 30 ft/s); and
  • 15.6 g (240 gr) .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets at a velocity of 436 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
Type III (Rifles) New armor protects against:

Type IV (Armor Piercing Rifle) New armor protects against:

  • 10.8 g (166 gr) .30-06 Springfield M2 armor-piercing (AP) bullets at a velocity of 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
      • Additional Resources: NIJ 0101.06 certification standards and protocols: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/223054.pdf
      • Only new armor manufactured and certified to NIJ standards is warranted by Diamondback Tactical to defeat the threats listed above.

All Diamondback Tactical armor products are certified to National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards. We also offer some special threat plates that are independently tested against specific rounds. Please see product specifications for detailed performance standards.

All Diamondback Tactical soft armor products are manufactured at our facility in North Carolina. Some products are supplied in partnership with other armor technology manufacturers and assembled and/or finished and labeled at Diamondback’s facility.

Diamondback Tactical has multiple sales platforms for retail sales. These platforms include our own website, Amazon.com, Grainger.com, and OpticsPlanet.com.

Diamondback Tactical uses UPS for product shipping. Please note that Diamondback Tactical may change shippers depending on delivery circumstances.

Diamondback Tactical strives to have all products for in stock orders delivered within fifteen (15) days of receiving the order. For out-of-stock orders, Diamondback Tactical will contact you to advise when your order will be shipped, which is usually within 30 days.

You may return undamaged items sold and fulfilled by diamondbacktactical.com within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Beyond 30 days and up until 90 days items may be returned for store credit based on item condition. Please see our Return Policy for more details.

Most refunds are usually completed in 3-5 days after we receive and process your return. However, depending on the transaction, some refunds can take up to 2-3 weeks to process.

Yes, if you would prefer an exchange to a refund or store credit, simply let us know when in your initial contact about the return.

Questions from retail customers can reach a customer service representative directly by calling 1-800-882-7667. Or, you can email us at info@diamondbacktactical.com for further details or if you have a question not listed above.