What Are Body Armor And How Does It Protect?
For many years the body armor was simply about being bulletproof. That is to say if someone shot you in the leg with a handgun you would be protected. But, that has changed over the years. There are now body armor types that protect against a variety of potential threats including tear gas, paintball guns, firearms, and cutting tools.
A common question is if one should wear body armor
when they are in a situation where one is wearing a soft target. In short, no. They still absorb bullet-shot, meaning they decrease the severity of wounds that happen, reduce the rate of healing, increase your chances of survival, and allow you to run away.
There are three types of protective armor
soft armor, hard armor, and ceramic fibers. The ceramic type is made from long strands of fiber that, when hardened, resembles a chain link. It is the cheapest and least protective of all three types of body armor. These plates, when applied to the torso, protect from a variety of objects penetrating the clothing. When the protective fiber has been stretched into the shape of the object, the bullet will be deflected before entering the body.
The next question might be, why is body armor important?
If I were attacked by someone, would I want to take a chance that my attacker could penetrate my soft armor or that the bullet could pierce the hard plates? The answer is, definitely not. This is why the market for body armor has been steadily growing over the years. More people are interested in protecting themselves in their homes, on their job, or just in their communities. Some of the manufacturers of plate body armor have recognized this growing demand and have taken steps to create better products.
In the United States, the original plate armor
was called the ballistic panel, which stood for Ballistic nylon. Over the years the ballistic panel has been reformatted into what we know today as the modern Safariland style plate. This is still a very effective product that provides superior protection to those that wear it. Most law enforcement agencies and military personnel still use Safariland-style plates for all of their protection needs including undercover carriers.
Today, some of the best additions to this soft armor
are the soft points that are located in strategic locations around the body. This helps to minimize penetration but does not decrease the level of force that penetrates the target. Safariland plates offer law enforcement agencies and military personnel the highest level of protection available with the least amount of bulk. Manufacturers that specialize in this hard armor have made tremendous improvements and are now much more efficient than the original ballistic nylon soft plates ever could be.