TACTICAL AND BULLETPROOF HELMETS
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Know More About Ballistic Helmets
BALLISTIC HELMET GUIDE
A ballistic helmet or commonly referred to as a tactical helmet can seem like an indestructible barrier. After all, what could be more protective than a hard shell and multiple layers of hard plastic followed by soft foam on top of your vulnerable skull?
The average person’s first thought may be that these are made to withstand shots from a gun. Our tactical helmets are covered for up to a level 3A NIJ Standard of personal protective equipment.
Most ballistic helmet tests are performed with handgun rounds traveling at about 1,200 feet per second. Tactical helmets should also protect against shrapnel.
The vast majority of bulletproof helmets are made from Aramid fiber, a material that is strong and good at stopping bullets. Aramid fibers can be spun together to create an incredibly strong thread. The combination of these fibers can be woven together to make a strong material that is very lightweight but when processed in correct way – provides protection against handgun ammunition.
The materials a helmet is made from are extremely important, as the shell should be rigid enough to withstand the impact of a bullet without deforming and causing blunt trauma to the head. The shell of the helmet is designed to deform on impact and absorbs energy, but it must also be strong enough not to fragment or break into pieces that could cause serious brain injury.
Good shell distributes the impact evenly, rather than allowing it to concentrate in one area. Most manufacturers use a plastic liner inside the helmet which reinforces the structure of the shell so it can withstand intense impacts without shattering. The liner itself is also designed to deform on impact but not fragment.
The short answer is yes.
Ballistic helmets can stop a multiple bullets fired at them from various distances. The shell of the helmet is typically rated at a specific level, for example NIJ Level IIIA or III, which means it will stop bullets from that category of weapon. Depending on the design helmets can stop 9mm round, .44 Magnum bullet or even 7.62x51mm rifle round.
Detailed information on what type of bullets and fragments does the helmet stops is usually provided by manufacturer in the product specification sheet.
When you’re looking for the best tactical helmet possible, there are several things that you should take into consideration. For instance, you want a helmet that can be accessorized with night vision goggles or be specially designed with a rail system to hold any type of light or equipment No matter which type of bulletproof helmets or protective headgear that you choose, the most important thing is to make sure that it fits well and is comfortable on you.
You don’t want a helmet that is too tight or too loose; if it’s too small it could cause pain and headaches, while one that’s too big might not be protective enough for you. A factor to look at when searching for the ideal tactical helmet is cost. Some of them can be surprisingly expensive (especially those made from high-quality materials with excellent protection), and it’s important to find one that you can afford or have a sale.
There are a few different kinds of ballistic helmets that can provide additional protection for your head and additional features: comfort pads or NVG mounts. Each has its own specific purpose, so make sure that you know what each will do before making a purchase.
One of the most popular types of helmet is called an “MICH” (Modular Integrated Communications Helmet) is used by military personnel for combat purposes. Because these are made from more durable materials, they can provide extra protection from bullets and comfort due to comfort pads used. This specific type of helmet is used by the military because it provides more versatility and flexibility than a standard one, so make sure you know what you’re looking for when purchasing a ballistic helmet.
Generally speaking, yes – in most states it is legal to buy and wear bulletproof helmets.
Please note however that each state has its own law regulating ownership and possession of body armor, usually referred to as “body armor laws”. In general – it is legal for anyone to wear a bulletproof vest or helmet in the US , unless you are convicted felon. Law makes no exceptions for LEOs and security officers. Many claim that ballistic helmets are legal only for law enforcement officials, or for those who have a license to carry (LTC) legal permit. This is not correct, body armor regulation does not depend on occupation or legal status.
As always – we strongly advice you check exact laws with your local county Sheriffs office. Their contact details can be found in the phone book, or online.
To measure the head circumference, you can use a standard measuring tape or a piece of string. Wrap the measuring device around your head right above your eyebrows and ears; this should be as tight as possible without being uncomfortable.
Measure the string with a ruler after marking it where it overlaps on itself. Look at this measurement to determine what size helmet you need; if it’s an odd number you should get a helmet that is one size larger for that perfect fit.
As obvious as it may seem, before you purchase a helmet or body armor you need to know what size head circumference it will fit on. If your helmet doesn’t have the perfect fit properly in the first place, then it won’t be able to protect you properly when there’s an incident.
If you’re an officer of the law, then it’s almost a necessity. If you are an civilian – maybe you don’t need one right now at all. But what about in the future? You have nothing to lose by investing in something that could save your life someday. What would you do if you were in the shoes of a police officer during one of those heated moments when things are getting rough and tough? Would you like to be wearing a thin hat or something more solid? The choice is really yours. Why shouldn’t we civilians have that same level of protection right from the start too?
It’s much better to buy this kind of protection before you need it. And even better if you buy it in advance, and then never have to use it. If you’re not in law enforcement or security work, it’s still possible to get one if your occupation involves being near gunfire.
A ballistic helmet is useful to military, and law enforcement professionals. But what about the ordinary citizen that might become a victim of crime? There are so many crimes that involve guns and bullets in general these days!
The reason why it’s interesting is that some people believe that dropping a helmet will damage the aramid fibers and render them useless. It’s not entirely true – dropping helmet should not destroy it’s integrity and affect ballistic performance. Bulletproof helmets are design to withstand much more powerful impacts. To be even more specific – no one seems to have conducted any tests on this so far. We stand on a position that in the case of a ballistic helmet dropped from around waist height (which is probably what would happen during e.g. urban operations) the impact energy shouldn’t reach the level to damage the protection capabilities of aramid fibers.
Of course, dropping tactical helmets from heights significantly higher than waist height should only be done when absolutely necessary. It’s also good practice to inspect your helmet (including military helmets) after every impact regardless of its size or force the impact exerted on it.
One thing you do want to avoid is dropping the helmet on a hard or very rough surface with big force – it may cause back face deformation. This could potentially ruin its structural integrity and even damage the internal components of tactical helmet.
Ace Link Armor helmets come on 5 years manufacturers warranty. We guarantee providing ballistic protection of the helmet during that time please however remember that service life of a ballistic helmet is affected by the following factors:
- Type and grade of ballistic material used in the construction;
- Condition of ballistic material (i.e., scratches, cracks) as well as any aging that may have occurred while stored.
Over time, helmets will exhibit wear and tear due to physical misuse, natural exposure to weather conditions such as heat, cold and humidity. Always remember to take good care of your helmet and store it according to manufacturer instruction. It’s important to keep in mind that a helmet can only protect you when it’s doing its job properly, if it has been damaged or leaked before this will probably happen again during another instance where you need it to be worn the most.
The best thing you can do is to buy quality gear, seek out more info, learn how to use it properly and then make sure that the gear you have still works as intended. If you’re unsure if your gear has been damaged check out your tactical helmet before using it again; you should only ever use a helmet after taking this step and making sure there isn’t any visible damage present on or near it and that the pads inside the shell are still intact to the actual helmet.