The threat realities of the world are changing so drastically that security, police and army personnel now need latest body armor to protect them at any point in time.
Considerable development has taken place in the last 20 years in the technology and products like vest, soft carrier or soft armor inserts. From super-light soft to plates and inserts, the technology of developing is also progressing very fast keeping pace with the threat landscape.
The body armor, plates or inserts that you need, depends on the level of danger you may face, and your kit should be tailored to fit your purpose and mission.
Guessing that most of you who are reading this don’t own any and seriously considering to upgrade your self-defense preparation, here are some essentials that’ll give you a fair understanding.
Soft Body Armor
Lightweight and flexible, this is made up of synthetic materials like Spectra Shield made by Honeywell, Dyneema, Twaron, and Kevlar, a DuPont’s product. Most of the cops wear this under their uniform.
This type of armor is tested and rated by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) that is categorized as per as the protection they provide against different types of bullets.
Level I-.22 LR / Level IIA-9mm to .40 S&W/ Level II- 9mm to .357 Magnum/Level IIIA- .357 SIG to .44 Magnum/ Level III- 7.62mm rifle rounds/Level IV-Armor-piercing .30-06.
Note that, these vests will give protection against pistol and shotgun bullets but not the rifle rounds.
Soft Body Armor Plates
Soft body armor plates are used to give protection against rifle threats. Typically these are designed to supplement soft armor (with a few exceptions where these act as standalones. Grey Ghost Gear company makes Level IV stand alone plates).
Plates are also rated based on the rounds they can resist. Level III gives protection against rifle rounds, and Level IV withstands armor-piercing rifle rounds.
Different materials are used in making the plates, the most common being the ceramic and polyethylene which are then wrapped in proprietary coverings. The inner component defeats the bullet, and the backing material keeps it inside the plate.
The soft armor and plates must be worn in carriers, and most companies provide a polyester or cotton carrier with Velcro straps.
These are fall into two categories: The full carriers (which can carry both soft and plate carriers) and the plate carriers.
Points To Remember
Carriers by themselves offer no protection at all; therefore keep your armor in the carrier.
Carrier and armor need proper care. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to keep them in decent shape.
Armors mostly have a life of 5 years based on wear and tear, general use and weather condition.
Replace the armor if it has received a shot. Because, the impact weakens that spot and could fail if hit in the same place for the second time.
These are bulletproof, not knife proof. In case if you need protection against a knife attack, you need to go for stab-resistant armor.
To conclude, educate yourself thoroughly on your real needs and buy a armor that suits your needs.
The body armor , irrespective of armor vest, plates or soft armor inserts that you need, depends on the level of danger you may face, and your armor kit should be tailored to fit your purpose and mission. Soft body armor plates are used to give protection against rifle threats. Typically these are designed to supplement Category: soft armor.