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How the UL752 5-Shot Pattern Safety Standard Can Protect You

If you have looked at our bullet resistance chart, you have likely noticed that Levels 6, 7, & 8 can handle multiple shots from various guns and bullets, while levels 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 can only handle a single shot. 
 
Now you may be wondering:
  • Why do we differentiate this feature?
  • How many shots are considered “multiple”? 
  • How many shots can a Level 8 panel withstand in one localized spot? 
 
These questions are important and valid, and we don’t want to leave any room for misrepresentation. That’s why very specific standards have been created for testing the bullet resistance of our panels. 
 
The Underwriters Laboratory is a third party quality management company that creates quality safety standards to protect the public. There are a few other valid quality management companies, but this is specific to UL. When certifying our bullet resistant panels, they created a 5-shot pattern to ensure consistency in testing and to avoid any grey areas of uncertainty. As you can see from the image below, all 5 shots are placed within a 4.5” square, such that the resulting shot spacing is approximately 3.18”. This means that with levels 6, 7, and 8, five bullets can hit it with about a 3.18-4.5” distance apart and the panel will still protect someone on the other side. 
 
This 5-shot pattern is accomplished with precision by using special equipment that ensures accuracy every time. We also do in-house quality control with this same method to ensure your product continues to maintain it’s quality, even after certification. All of Covenant Security’s bullet resistant products are UL certified so you can feel good about anything you purchase from us. If you have any more questions about how we test our bullet resistance panels, please reach out to us at sales@covenantsecurityequipment.com.
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