• Patrick OConnell

Why You Need Body Armor

The Vel Tyes Hugger Tactical Vest and 3A Armor Model 1 provide comfort and protection. By combining a comfortable tactical vest with NIJ-certified padded armor, an officer is more likely to wear protection when he needs it most. In the end, the armor you can afford and wear in the event of an accident is much better than a T-shirt: In the last 10 years of FBI crime statistics, 36% of cops killed in crime did not wear body armor. [Sources: 8, 10]

When purchasing body armor, law enforcement agencies should consider the types of threats their agents may face and select body armor with appropriate properties to protect agents from such threats. This type of armor is useful for people working in law enforcement who need to be fully protected from a wide variety of threats. This type of armor is useful if someone is facing multiple threats or doesn't know what weapon the attacker might have. One type of armor is hidden vests, which are usually worn by police officers. [Sources: 0, 5, 11]

Concealed vests protect them from firearms, knife attacks and glass shards, but not from rifle shots. The police are more likely to confront criminals with guns and knives than criminals with guns. Hence, since they feel sufficiently protected, they choose to wear concealed armor. [Sources: 0]

They can contain soft or hard armor to provide the different levels of protection required. Manufacturers also make combined armor that can withstand these two threats. Multi-threat armor provides protection against various weapons and attacks. Despite the lack of bulletproof armor, bulletproof and bulletproof armor can withstand many types of pistols and rifle ammunition. [Sources: 5, 11]

Level IIIA soft armor does not provide protection against rifle ammunition, but does protect law enforcement officials from the most common ballistic threats they may encounter in the field. [Sources: 8]

The Model 1 3A armor designed by Vel Ty surpasses these industry standards. Watts said that the combination of the Hugger tactical vest and the 3A Armor Model 1 soft armor creates a ballistic system that can work throughout the day. [Sources: 8]

It's great for replacing awkward hard armor like shotgun plates and can stop bullets that pose a higher level of threat than pistol and shotgun cartridges. It can also be used in conjunction with IIIA + soft armor to achieve ICW Level III protection and is resistant to firearms, shotguns, shots, cuts, impacts, and tasers. It will provide protection against nearly all pistol and shotgun shots and can still be low enough to be worn under a loose shirt. [Sources: 1, 12]

Soft armor also wraps around the body and provides more protection than plate armor. Soft armor is flexible and supple, yet extremely durable and protective. Hard shells provide the highest possible level of protection, but they are not as comfortable or lightweight as soft shells. [Sources: 1, 11]

Plus, stealth vests aren't that hard to put on once you figure out how they should fit, and even the outer plate holders with armor inserts are pretty easy to install because the whole device is outside. Bulletproof vests are great if you can wear them all day, for example, to the police or security forces. [Sources: 7, 13]

Personally, I think the armor is so important that I have a couple of kits under the bed in my "safe room" next to the long pistol that I will be using to defend the house. If you have enough time to grab the rifle when an intruder enters your home, you will probably also have enough time to pull the vest over your chest. I believe this is a smart and necessary piece of equipment for any home protection plan. If your armor cannot protect you from most bullets or knife attacks, then there really is no reason to own and wear it to begin with. [Sources: 1, 3]

You should also consider buying bulletproof vests for yourself and your family so that everyone has a certain level of bullet protection. However, each armor is different from what it is designed to protect, and it is important to research what level of threat you seek to defend against and what type of armor this type of protection can provide you with. This type of armor will be much heavier and less stealthy than most soft armor, but the tradeoff is a much higher level of protection. [Sources: 0, 11, 12]

Our multi-threat defense system can also be used with detachable rifle plates and can be used with IIIA vests to achieve adjustable protection levels (IIIA to IV). [Sources: 12]

As a potential protective gear owner, you can rest assured that the protective armor is classified according to NIJ standards. So if you want the highest level of protection tested, look for armor that is both NIJ certified and FBI or DEA compliant, but be prepared to pay more. We also recommend that you research the types of threats you are trying to protect yourself from, as the more protection you get, the more likely the armor will be heavy, especially if you have hard armor plates. In an SHTF or natural disaster scenario, when your home is attacked by multiple intruders who want items they think you have, having armor for each member of your family is just common sense as a level of protection against bullets that can pierce your doors and windows. [Sources: 3, 10, 11, 13]

When it comes to lethal weapons, some kind of armor has always been required to protect the body. It could be metal armor, braided chains, sturdy cowhide, or something else. Ever since humans have fought each other using deadly weapons, there has been some level of armor or protection to protect the body from physical attacks. One such method was the use of personal armor, whether it was ancient warriors clad in boiled leather, samurai clad in elaborate lamellar armor, or ancient medieval knights with their iconic plate and shield armor. [Sources: 0, 3, 10]

Many of today's armor manufacturers do much more to meet the needs of women wearing specially cut ballistic gear that matches the female anatomy, such as the Bulletblocker IIIA Cut Out female body armor pictured above. [Sources: 13]

In fact, some of the best armor brands you can find in the United States come from overseas. Before we discuss our recommendations... we will guide you through important technical aspects so that you can choose the armor that best suits your end use and budget. These ratings can help you choose the armor that suits your specific requirements, and you should use them as a guide to the type of armor you need. AR500 uses independent testing and is very aware of what their armor can and cannot handle. [Sources: 9, 13]

The NIJ 0101.07 standard for body armor also includes a separate ballistic threat specification for testing ballistics-resistant equipment for US law enforcement applications. The revised standard, which was released in 2019 under the name NIJ Standard 0101.07, includes improved testing methods for female armor and updated armor protection levels that include additional rifle threats facing US law enforcement. [Sources: 5]

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[1]: https://www.buckeyefirearms.org/seven-things-you-don%E2%80%99t-know-about-body-armor

[2]: https://www.itstactical.com/gearcom/body-armor/taking-hit-body-armor-really-worth-weight-expense-civilians/

[3]: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/everything-you-wanted-know-about-body-armor-86671

[4]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_armor

[5]: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/body-armor-protecting-our-nations-officers-ballistic-threats

[6]: https://www.readyman.com/blogs/news/77238403-body-armor-is-it-worth-it

[7]: https://bulletproofbodyguard.com/blog/why-a-bulletproof-vest-is-impractical-for-civilians/

[8]: https://www.police1.com/police-products/body-armor/articles/what-good-is-body-armor-that-you-dont-want-to-wear-6lWFAbWXR8wWNHST/

[9]: https://www.pewpewtactical.com/best-body-armor/

[10]: https://www.recoilweb.com/archives-body-armor-101-what-you-need-to-know-51103.html

[11]: https://sourcetacticalgear.com/body-armor-guide/

[12]: https://safelifedefense.com/body-armor-guide/

[13]: https://bulletproofzone.com/blogs/bullet-proof-blog/body-armor-the-ultimate-buyers-guide

[14]: https://www.reddit.com/r/preppers/comments/8j3uxo/6_reasons_to_own_body_armor/

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