Submit Stab-Resistant Body Armor for Testing (NIJ Standard - 0115.00)

Manufacturers interested in submitting armor for compliance testing should first review NIJ Standard-0115.00 (PDF) to ensure familiarity with testing, labeling and workmanship requirements. Second, the manufacturer should contact an NIJ-approved laboratory to schedule a compliance test. Once the laboratory has been contacted and a test date has been scheduled, the manufacturer should submit three identical armor samples of the same model to the Compliance Testing Program (CTP).

Along with the armor samples, the manufacturer should enclose the following:

  • Documentation that contains a request for the test.
  • The laboratory selected.
  • The tentative date the test has been scheduled.
  • The model designation of the armor model(s) submitted and the protection class(s).
  • Level(s) the samples are to be tested against.

Once the CTP has the armor, staff will inspect the samples to ensure that they meet the labeling/workmanship requirements and that the manufacturer has submitted all the essential documentation. After that, the CTP will forward the test samples to the laboratory for compliance testing.


Vendor for Spikes Used in Stab-Resistant Armor Testing

The Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES) and the Compliance Testing Program (CTP) of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) have identified the following vendors for obtaining the "spikes" used in stab-resistant body armor testing in accordance with NIJ Standard-0115.00 (PDF).

Precision Machine Works, Inc.
Attention: Leon Fincher
19028 Industrial Rd.
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: (540) 825-1882
Fax: (540) 825-7105

The American QuickSilver Company Inc.
646 Rushton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Phone: (513) 871-4517
Fax: (513) 871-9470


As additional suppliers are identified, their information will be posted to this page. Parties interested in being a supplier of this consumable test item should contact the CTP.

Contact the Compliance Testing Program (CTP) at –

Phone: (800) 248-2742 or (301) 240-7770 (outside of the U.S./International callers).
Fax: (301) 240-6730  

For further assistance, please contact NLECTC at

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