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Panic is rampant today inside one sector of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex (MICC) as word spreads that Pinnacle Armor's Dragon Skin flexible body armor passed the ballistic tests conducted Monday and Tuesday at United States Test Laboratory in Wichita, Kansas, on behalf of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).
Formal certification by NIJ of Dragon Skin for Level III protection is expected within the next few weeks.
Unlike the buggy-whip manufacturers who tried to ignore the foreseeable consequences the internal combustion engine would have on their products, the rigid ballistic-protective plate manufacturers fully comprehend the probable results of NIJ's certification. They will no doubt redouble their efforts to keep Congress from asking the tough questions about Army and Marine Corps fraudulent misrepresentations on this issue of life-or-death importance: What is the best-available body armor that our troops should be wearing?
A former President of Point Blank Body Armor, Inc., James Magee, Colonel, USMC (Ret.), had this to say when informed of the NIJ test results, "If Dragon Skin is NIJ certified for Level III protection, it will be the only body armor in the world that doesn't require augmentation with additional plates to achieve this level of ballistic protection."
The potential consequences of NIJ certifying Pinnacle Armor's Dragon Skin cannot be overstated. In an earlier interview, Magee said that if DOD were to ever decide to make Dragon Skin its standard-issue body armor, due to some event like NIJ certification, "... of 23 body armor companies in the US, 18 would go away and the remaining 5 largest would either buy Pinnacle Armor, or buy licenses to produce Dragon Skin."
In this same interview, Magee said, "Dragon Skin is hands down, the best body armor out there by two generations." His view has now gained crucial, independent confirmation as a result of this week's test results.
7.62 x 63 mm 180 GR, SP 2540 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 54 mm 147 GR, FMJ 2786 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 54 mm 180 GR, FMJ 2630 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 51 mm 148 GR, FMJ 2780 ft./sec. + 30-0
7.62 x 39 mm 150 GR, FMJ 2400 ft./sec. + 100-0
5.45 x 39 mm 54 GR, FMJ 3000 ft./sec. + 100-0
5.56 x 45 mm 55 GR, FMC 3000 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 63 mm 166 GR, M2 AP 2880 ft./sec. + 30-0
7.92 x 57 mm GR, mild steel core (LPS) 2415 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 54R mm 155 GR, steel case, armor piercing incendiary B32 2850 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 54R mm 184 GR, steel case, armor piercing B30 2850 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 54R mm 153 GR, steel case, armor piercing incendiary type 53 2675 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 54R mm 148 GR, steel case, hardened steel core type 53 3000 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 54R mm 147 GR, steel case, mild steel core (LPS) 2723 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 51 mm 151 GR, M61 AP 2800 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 39 mm 120 GR, armor piercing incendiary BZ 2500 ft./sec. + 50-0
7.62 x 39 mm 118 GR, armor piercing incendiary type 56 2500 ft./sec. + 50-0
7.62 x 39 mm 122 GR, steel case mild steel core (PS) 2300 ft./sec. + 100-0
5.56 x 45 mm 62 GR, M855 (SS109 Green tip) 3200 ft./sec. + 100-0
5.45 x 39 mm 53 GR, 7N6 2920 ft./sec. + 100-0
5.45 x 39 mm 57 GR, 7N10 3051 ft./sec. + 100-0
7.62 x 54R mm 187 GR, steel case, armor piercing incendiary BS40 Classified
7.62 x 51 mm GR, M948 Classified
7.62 x 51 mm 126.5 GR, M993 Classified
5.56 x 45 mm 52.5 GR, M995 Classified
Pinnacle Armor Inc.'s most advanced ballistic hard armor, their Level IV "+" ceramic composite flexible body armor will defeat multiple hits of 7.62x51mm AP rounds, like the Winchester/Olin .308 SLAP (Saboted Light Armour-Penetrating) round, which utilizes a tungsten sabot bullet. This particular level of ballistic protection will only be available to military end-users, although it's not available quite yet. However, it's expected to be ready for U.S. military use in the first quarter of 2006. Understand, again, that we're talking about Pinnacle Armor's unique and superior version of level IV body armor/ballistic protection, not your conventional, run-of-the-mill NIJ level IV SAPI protection. Pinnacle Armor Inc's unique Level IV "+" flexible ceramic hard armor will successfully take many more hits than conventional/standard NIJ Level IV SAPI plates, and provides coverage over a much greater surface area. In other words, it provides for more complete torso coverage, all the way up to total coverage.
Dragon Skin Body Armor (without plates) passes the test!!!