- Consider your threat level
- Current trends indicate that a potential adversary that a civilian may encounter will most likely be armed with a handgun.
- Consider your fields of fire when it comes to home defense
- Understand the concepts of cover and concealment
- Do your research on what materials will stop which bullets
- Most common material is kevlar
- Soft armor can be purchased for $200 and up
- Worn by regular police officers across the USA
- Designed to stop pistol cartridges
- Will NOT stop rifle rounds.
- This includes:
- Will not stop stabbing weapons such as knives and arrows
- Corrections Officers often wear special stiffened protective vests to stop knife attacks.
- Designed to stop rifle rounds
- Steel armor plates
- Cheapest option but a high risk of shrapnel and ricochet when hit
- Polyethylene armor plates
- Very lightweight
- Most polyethylene plates are not rated to stop 62 grain .223 bullets.
- Ceramic plates
- Heavier than polyethylene
- Will generally stop armor piercing threats such as .30-06 AP and .308
Caveats Related to Body Armor
- Emergency First Aid
- Armor is not a substitute for lack of first-aid skills
- Trauma bandages and Qwik-Clot can be very helpful
- Trauma plates
- Even if the armor stops the bullet, the blunt impact trauma can seriously hurt you.
- Rifle plates can be heavy over a period of wearing them.
- It gets hot when wearing armor.
- Only buy armor that has a current NIJ certification
- Be sure to check the manufacturing date on the armor panels
- RUN AWAY
- Zylon was decertified by the NIJ back in 2005 since the material loses its protective properties when wet.
- Be very wary if the label on the armor panel reads “SECOND CHANCE“
- As pictured to the right, Zylon has a dark yellow/gold color to it.
- Kevlar has a light yellow color to it.
- Dragon Skin
- It is a promising technology and concept but it has yet to be fully certified by the NIJ
- Threat Level
- Rifle bullets punch right through soft armor
- Unprotected spots
- Armpits and the sides are common weak spots on most body armor setups.
- Visibility and protection are often inversely related
- How fast can you put it on?
Check out www.BulletProofMe.com
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- Body Armor Guide For Dummies (suburbanprepper.com)
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- Another Body Armor Giveaway… (gunmartblog.com)