This is kind of a weird review to write, because I have to acknowledge that just going to school has become dangerous enough that this product exists. The SentryShield Bulletproof Backpack Shield was designed to give kids a chance if there should be a school shooting. It gives parents peace of mind to know they have done something actionable, and created a line of defense should the unthinkable happen. Odds are it won’t, but if it does, you’ve got a layer of protection.


It weighs under two pounds and SentryShield says it has the stopping power of steel. Even more. At the same time, It won’t set off scanners at the airport because it doesn’t have any metal in the construction.

The Sentry Shield Bulletproof Backpack insert is certified to IIIA Level by the National Institue of Justice, the same agency that authorizes and updates equipment standards for law enforcement. Level IIIA means it can protect against a variety of small arm weapons and will slow down rounds such as 9 mm, .44 Magnum, 357 SIG fired from handguns. The bulletproof insert is meant to slow down impact to prevent penetration. In the video below, you can see it in action.

I like this for travel to questionable areas, for adults to put in their briefcases and purses to provide some security. When just going to a concert, movie theater, or school can get you shot, it’s not a bad idea. I’m curious to see what the long term implications of this product is–will it save lives? I showed this to a teacher friend of mind and she thought it was a good idea.

While I’m happy to see innovations coming out to mitigate the craziness of the world, it’s a sobering thing to have to consider, especially for parents. But it’s empowering when you might feel vulnerable. And it provides that wrong time-wrong place protection that just might be life saving. I’m a total security geek and I actually really like having something like this. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. It also makes a great addition to your Emergency Kit. Find the SentryShield Bulletproof Backpack Insert HERE.