The 2004 Violence Policy Center report Vest Buster: The .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum-The Gun Industry's Latest Challenge to Law Enforcement Body Armor, which warned of the threat posed to law enforcement officers by the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum handgun round, has resulted in the development by a Camarillo, California, company of a new bullet-resistant vest capable of defeating the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum round. The vest has been certified by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) as meeting its Level IIIA soft body armor standards. NIJ standards do not currently cover the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum round, but the vest successfully defeated the round in tests conducted by an independent firm whose certifications are accepted by the government agency. According to Ari L. Markow, president of Pride Business Development Holdings, Inc., "After reading an article prepared by the Violence Policy Center entitled, Vest Buster: The .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum-The Gun Industry's Latest Challenge to Law Enforcement Body Armor, I became focused on the development of a new ballistic system that would help keep law enforcement safe from this possible threat. We emerged with a product to answer this call and others for protection against many of the hot rounds law enforcement is equally concerned about." so the S&W 500 was made to counter LEO body armor? I didn't realize the streets were being flooded with 500's Any WMD LEO's ever encounter a s&w 500 or fn fiveseven on the street? NYPD officers I've talked to have never seen one.