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Nevada-based armor manufacturer SafeLife Defense, a small business that began in its founder’s kitchen, is celebrating its 5th anniversary. The company, which was recently named one of the top 300 fastest-growing companies in America, has announced a “birthday sale” to celebrate their fifth anniversary.

Says founder Nick Groat,

“I want to start by thanking you for showing interest in our Body Armor. As I’m sure you have seen, there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to armor…and they are not all created equal.”

SLD, which is perhaps best known for its “Flexible Rifle Armor System” (FRAS), describes itself as the “fastest-growing armor company in the United States”.

This is because, they say, “We do body armor better than anyone else!”

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They continue:

• SafeLife Defense armor offers the best protection at the best price.
• We have a 5 Year Warranty on our Ballistic Material.
• We offer FREE Size Exchanges for 30 Days, so your gear fits PERFECTLY.
• If you contact SafeLife Defense armor, our Award-Winning Customer Service will help you.
• If you are ever shot, we will replace your armor for FREE under our Incident Guarantee.
• If you don’t love your gear, send it back for a refund under our Satisfaction Guarantee.

The company is currently moving into a new 140,000 square foot facility near the Las Vegas Raiders practice facility in Henderson, Nevada, and intends to add nearly 400 jobs over the next ten years.

Find them online at or follow on IG, @safelifedefense. Connect on Facebook, /SafeLifeDefense/.

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  1. Don’t buy this garbage. It’s made in China, thick as all hell, and not even NIJ rated.

    You’d be better off getting the Armor Express FMS line than anything from Safelife.

    • Better than nothing, ain’t it? e f fin f kn I di ot….
      nobody wants the garbage you reccomend…. probably own the crappy company… lol

      • It has been a while since I have had to do armor purchasing for personal or agency but one of the first things I learned to look for was certification and then double check the NIJ cert list to see if it is current or had been revoked. Not an end all be all practice but a good starting point to see if a company was worth looking into further. Also NIJ tested /= certified and rated is a word sometimes open to interpretation. Oddly enough 4chan is an excellent resource for filtering out a lot of garbage armor options and would have saved my old agency a solid 5 months at least.

  2. At least judging from evilBay, it seems that most of the body armor and ballistic helmets sold to Americans online are made in China. Hmm, wouldn’t it be interesting if Chicom manufacturers purposely sold defective body armor to Americans, body armor that would be useless against all Chinese-made ammunition?

    True or not, it would make a good novel or movie about a Chinese invasion (“Red Dawn” #3?) Fun fact: the second “Red Dawn” movie was originally about a Chinese invasion of America, but Hollywood bean counters wanted to keep access to the Chinese market, so in post-production, Hollywood changed all the Chinese flags and Chinese uniforms to North Korean flags and North Korean uniforms.

    As Wikipedia says, “While in post-production, the invading army and antagonists were changed from Chinese to North Korean in order to maintain access to the Chinese box office, though the film was still not released in China.[5]” See

      • You can make body armor out of the quater panels from a 58 Buick.

        true story: a guy I knew, cowboy type, was a collector of fancy belt buckles. The bigger the better. He had some one make him one out of a dozen track, this guy weighed about 145 so the belt pretty much covered him. One night he saunters into the bar, with his brightly polished doze track belt buckle and says,” Ye, ye, yeah ( he has a stuttering thing ) Ih, ih,It’ll stop a thir thirty eight .” One of the fellers, a bar fighter and notorious bad man says “”Step out side and we’ll see.”
        We all went outside to watch the fun , *Kapow* kerching, Belt Buckle fell on his ass, got up and said ” I, I, I, didn’t feel a thing !”.
        Later on he told me he didn’t think the guy would shoot, called him a stupid fck. ?

        • You can also make passably good knives from automobile leaf springs and a grinder.
          Back in the day I read a great story about a couple of drunk hoodrats who scrapped the kevlar from tires and made a homebrew vest and then tested it. One hoodrat shot the other, knocked him cold, and ran off to leave his pal for the cops. Cops got the homebrew vest. It was heavy, but knife resistant. Stopped the bullet that knocked the wind out of the hoodrat who got shot. Yeah, he actually survived after he sobered up.

  3. It’s interesting (to me, anyway) that IIa and II armor has all but disappeared from the market. IIIa is the minimum I see offered most places, and I wonder how long it will be before even that becomes obsolete as handgun bullet technology continues to improve.

    As for me, I currently have front and back Level III steel plates in my plate carrier from AR500 (Yes, I’m that “noob” who bought their heavy-ass body armor from them. Point and laugh as you will, I’m still glad to have it.)

    • Place holder for future upgrades and reminder to double check options and competitors. Up end the entry level 4 plates will be about as heavy and level 3/special threats will be substantially lighter.

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