Product Test: BulletSafe panel for children’s backpacks

When I initially covered BulletSafe’s children’s backpack panel, I wasn’t sure if I thought it was a good idea. TFB readers had mixed emotions as well. I had an opportunity to test a panel and filmed the results.

Take a look at my findings, and let us know what you think in the comments.

MSRP on the plate is $99.00 and is available at

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • Mike N.

    Problem with the embedded video but here is the link:

    • Thanks Mike N. I fixed the link in the main article. Cheers!

      • valorius

        If you actually want to test just how good a IIIA panel is, test it against 7.62x25mm tokarov and ss198 5.7mm.

        Literally any level II or IIIA vest will stop NATO 124gr 9mm fmj.

        Some level III a panels will stop the rounds I cited, others won’t. The only way to know, is to test them yourself.

  • sianmink

    I don’t mind the video but a quick text summary would be appreciated. TFB readers aren’t always where they can freely view video.

    • Sorry about that. Bottom line, the panel did a great job. I sent a tight six shot group of 124g 9mm ball and the panel only failed toward the end. What wasn’t shown (because I for some stupid reason stopped filming) was the panel also withstood three 12ga buckshot rounds after being shot eight times with 9mm. The buckshot deformed the plate, but did not fail.

  • Anonymoose

    We need Level III plates to fit in students’ backpacks. Not just because of school shootings, but because urban college neighborhoods are essentially warzones.

  • valorius

    I made backpacks with 1/2″ fiberglass iiia plate scraps i got on ebay for dirt cheap. The stuff even stops LE only FN five seven 5.7mm SS198 rounds. Cost me 35 bucks to make 2 back packs and had enough left over for 2 full size trauma plates for my vests.

    • Renegade

      “And I was able to do it from the comfort of my own home! Call 1-800-285-7448 to find out how you can too!”

      Sorry, that’s how I read your reply.

      • valorius

        I didn’t do it from the comfort of my own home, but I am not advertising a service, hence no number.

        You can buy excellent an quality used level IIIA vest on eBay for anywhere from $75-150.

        Just make your own. Much Cheaper.