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BALLISTIC ARMOR - BUYERS GUIDE

Ballistic Armor

 Never in history has there been a piece of protection available as valuable to the safety and well being of the wearer than Ballistic Armor.  Body armour has since proven over the course of its usage and from the history of its use in conflict between men- or between man and machine for that matter- that the bulletproof vest has been able to  afford warriors and peacekeepers a second chance at life, especially if they have been unfortunate enough to find themselves in front of a projectile, with enough propelled force to injure or kill.  Bullet proof vests are now considered products that are essential to law enforcement in the united states and abroad by various enforcement agencies.

How parts of Body Armor work in conjunction to protect.

The different areas and parts of the Ballistic Vest include: the front and back ballistic panels; these include the aramid fabrics that are layered and make up the body armor panels of the bullet-proof vest that protect the wearer from injury to either the front or back of the torso.  One part of the armor provides the wearer with lightweight aramid fibers woven in a tight weave pattern so as to not allow bullet projectile to penetrate through and cause great bodily injury to the wearer.  Another part of the body armor vest is the ballistic panel cover that envelopes the woven aramid fiber to provide a watertight seal, thus preventing panel corrosion, breakdown from the elements, and exposure to harmful ultraviolet light.

Body armor and the coverage it provides the wearer from bodily injury.

Modern body armor and ballistic vest carriers are designed to hold ballistic armor plates in their proper placement.  Positioned on the human body in order to provide the best coverage from bullets or edged weapons, the Ballistic Body Armor has developed over the years with optimal coverage to the wearer.  Critical areas that need the most protection are vital organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. (the spine being the origin of the central nervous system is an important structure in need of coverage as well).  Many times, law enforcement agencies will place additional requirements for the gear, as they want the highest quality possible with options for accessories and other tactical gear that they may use in order to give them the advantage in situation they may find themselves in. Examples of some of these standards are the NIJ certification process for both hard armor and soft armor, the process is so rigorous that it is also used by the military for evaluation testing and not just the police.

When soft body armor is not enough to protect the protector.

While body armor is certainly the best protection against bullets and edged weapon threats, sometimes this basic level of protection needs to be augmented with higher ballistic rated aramid panels.  Ballistic Plate Carriers hold rifle rated hard plates that protect the wearer from rifle grade projectiles.  Many of these rifle rated ballistic plates are level 4 designated and tested to withstand armor piercing bullets from long barrel weapons, as well as the addition of bicep, collar, throat, and groin ballistic protection to create full body ballistic body armor protection. Below armor piercing Level 4 plates are lighter weight Level 3 rifle stand alone plates, and soft armor Level 3A handgun caliber rated panels- these make up the ballistic vest levels common in today’s ballistic vest ratings. As you can see their is a wide range of products available today in order to keep you safe.

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