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Are side plates necessary?
The question of running a rifle plate rig with side ballistic plates comes up quite often as people frequently get concerned about the lack of side protection offered by traditional plate carriers. There are several disadvantages to having hard side plates, namely weight, cost, and loss of mobility.
If someone has already committed to burdening themselves with hiking around with approximately 18lbs of ballistic plates strapped them to protect themselves from rifle fire, it may seem like a logical progression to go ahead and throw side plates on as well. The problem is that side plates are still extremely heavy. Each side plate can weigh up to 5lbs, so what was an 18lb rig is now 28lbs, a 55% increase. Not only is the now the upper limit of what even the fittest men can comfortably wear, but that 10lbs could have been better spent on other gear like water, shelter, or firepower.
The second major negative is the increased cost of side plates. The price of purchasing a specific plate carrier that has side pockets coupled with having to buy two additional plates is often the price of another whole two-plate vest. The reasons for this are fairly straightforward. While the cost of the material used in side plates will obviously be less than the much larger forward and rear plates, the processing in manufacturing and labor hours are roughly equivalent. Add in the fact that there are fewer suppliers of side plates in the market, and the price for a side plate is approximately the same as a front plate. The same goes for the manufacture of plate carriers that can accommodate side plates. The additional material, complexity and labor hours, coupled with fewer suppliers competing in the marketplace means the price is significantly higher than a two-plate carrier is.
The third and probably most important downside is the significant loss of mobility that comes with running side plates. Depending on their size and cut, they can restrict the arms from lowering completely. They cause the vest to become rigid in three dimensions making bending and twisting nearly impossible. This is particularly noticeable when running for cover in drills. Not only does the increased weight and un-natural top heaviness slow you down, but also once you hit the deck all of the plates hit each other and often times do not lay properly causing them to jab into the user. Once finally under cover, moving the shoulders and peeking from behind cover is practically impossible with the shoulder and torso contortions necessary to shoulder a rifle in confined spaces.
These negative characteristics of side plates are not helped by their limited actual protective value. What most people typically do not address is the actual likelihood of being shot in the side where a side plate would come into play. If worried about being hit by a “sniper” or similar long-distance shot, such marksmen typically do not shoot when presented with a target at a profile. This is because the target area presented is smaller than if you were facing them dead on or with your back to them, reducing the chance of a hit that would unnecessarily expose their position.
While it is true that in an ambush scenario, the attacking force is more likely to attack from a flank, but how long does it really take you to rotate and face the force? A second? Maybe less? Moreover, from then on out you are stuck carrying 50% more weight for no added functional protection in the middle of a firefight. Bulletproof vests are great, and can save your life. However, in a firefight, structural cover that can absorb the energy of the bullets is going to be better in the long run, especially when it comes to protecting your extremities and head. So which is better, having 10lbs of steel to protect you from possibly 1 second of danger while slowing you down, possibly preventing you from reaching cover in time, or having a practical balance of protection and mobility that can keep you from being shot in the first place?
Ballistic Protection, with foam?
The scientific community never ceases to amaze the world, with the many studies on different innovations in the world of ballistics protection. On a constant basis, new theories and materials, are put to the test in the search to find the best protection available. A new study conducted at North Carolina State University, has resulted in a new take on an old material. A new foam, based from metals, that could change the structure of body armor. Professor Afsaneh Rabiei led the team of researchers that has discovered a new way to provide ballistics protection, even armor piercing bullets. The team has crafted a composite metal foam or CMF, for abbreviation. This foam is made by taking molten metal, and blowing gas through it while its still hot. While the gas is passing through the high temperature metal, a froth is created. . The material is then allowed to cool, after decreasing temperature, the foam maintains its structure, while keeping its weight light. The real question is, “Can the foam protect against bullets?”.
If able to protect against ballistics, the material could be a huge game change for the world of body armor. It is important to note that any potential ballistic protection material, should be tested vigorously. The research team put their ballistic protection theory to the test. In a controlled environment, the team put the foam against different firearms to see how it would withstand as a material for body armor. The material was tested in a plate form similar to realistic application. Before testing the foam was combined with boron carbine ceramics on the strike face, and the back plate was Kevlar, for safety purposes. Then the plate was put in a controlled environment, this was to gain an accurate insight on the effects of being fired upon. When fired upon, the team used several types of rounds. Even including all the way up to the 7.62 x 63 M2 armor piercing round. This round is built to beat current body armor made at NIJ standards. The results for the foam however, shocked us completely.
After testing the team concluded that the foam has the potential to be used in body armor as a lighter and more protective alternative. The foam itself was able to not only stop an armor piercing bullet, but in the video released, the bullet almost looks as if it is denigrated on impact. The bullet itself only penetrated the armor less than an inch, and had only 8mm indentation in the back. Perceptively, the NIJ allows for armor to have up to 44mm indentation, which means the foam out performed against a armor piercing bullet. The team is still testing the foams ability to with stand environmental factors and time, but have concluded this material could be the future of ballistic protection. They have also found several other potential uses for the foam. One example is the storage and transfer of explosives. Another example is for space exploration, the foam has the ability to block heat and radiation. It could also be used in the nuclear waste shipping industry. This material could lead the realm of body armor as we know it. Imagine, being able to wear high level protection without the burden of weight holding you back.
Currently, there are few options that allow that, but at the The Best Bullet Proof Vest you have the ability to get high level protection, at an affordable price. We are having a sale on our NIJ level 5 protection. We also offer one of the largest strike face on the market, at only 18lbs!
Do I need a bulletproof vest for hunting?
Hunting has always been a part of human nature since the dawn of time, and although it is mostly done as sport, a lot of consumers still use it for its initial purpose of providing sustenance. During the peak season, a lot of areas are often saturated with hunters looking for their next game. Although this sport is a necessity to some of the population, a lot of people often have safety concerns with the industry. While hunting many people are concerned with the idea of possibly being shot at while hunting during the season. There are a lot of safety precautions you can take, and you may wonder, are they enough to guarantee ones safe return home. Well the addition of a bulletproof vest can give you more of a safe guard against any potential threats.
Oversaturation during peak season
Hunters are generally only allowed to hunt most game within their designated seasons. During the peak of these seasons a lot of the hunting grounds are saturated with hunters looking to complete their kills for the season. On average in 2016, there were 16.61 million people over the age of 16, participating in hunting over the course of the year. This number has been at a steady rise since its spike in 2011. This increasing population only makes it harder to maintain a safe hunting environment, with the abundance of participants. But imagine, if you were to make the addition of a bulletproof vest than you can increase your chances of a safe and successful hunt.
On average, every year 1,000 people are killed by hunters during the season. In addition, majority of the people killed are hunters. Although this number isn’t as high as other recreational activities, there tends to be an added danger to the community involved. For example, if there is a peak hunting season in a specific area, the whole community may have to be on alert for fear of being mistaken as game. One way to protect yourself in said communities is to invest in an anti-ballistic, so you can have that added protection.
When hunting there are several tips you can follow to further ensure that you have a safe season. The first is the most important, make sure you understand the seriousness of carrying a loaded weapon. When people forget the severity of carrying a loaded weapons they tend to make silly mistakes. The number one cause of hunting accidents is poor judgement, it could be with the firearm or mistaking people for game. For example, on November 24th, 2016, a man was fatally shot by his son during a hunting accident in rural New York. The son made the mistake of shooting his father, under the impression he was game. Either way, remaining completely focus during your hunting expedition could save a life or two. Another cause of hunting accidents, are peoples inability to follow firearm safety rules. There are five main rules when dealing with a firearm while hunting, these include:
1. Keeping the barrel of the gun pointed in a safe direction
2. Treat every firearm with the same respect, loaded or unloaded
3. Ensure you know what is in the front and back of your desired target
4. Remain off the trigger
5. Never fire outside your safe zone of fire
These simple rules adds to your chance of remaining safe during your hunt. Imagine if you had the addition of an antiballistic, in the event you are shot at, you have an added protection while in the field.
Specifications for Bulletproof Vest
The Best Bulletproof Vests are designed and manufactured in the United States. We believe in giving our customers the best quality vest at a low price. The vest come with molle webbing for all of your attachments. Our bulletproof vest are made of denier nylon so that it will last through all conditions it is put through. The vest also have adjustable Velcro straps. The Best Bulletproof vest have multiple add-ons to ensure customer satisfaction.
The Best Bulletproof Vest is made of Molle webbing. Molle webbing stands for Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment. Our company is one of the few to have molle webbing on the vest. This webbing is great for any tactical attachments that you have. It provides a quick & easy way for you to be able to access your tactical gear. You can use the molle webbing for ammo, knives, or another weapon.
Denier Nylon is one the best materials on the market. This high quality material is what each of our vest are made of. Denier nylon is tightly woven fabric that will not prevent puncture. This material should be able to withstand all conditions and environments. This material we used called denier nylon is also waterproof. You don’t have to worry if you are caught in a rain storm.
Our bulletproof vest come with adjustable Velcro straps. This straps will make sure that anyone is able to use it comfortably. You can adjust the velcro straps at the waist and also at the shoulders to provide the most comfortable experience. You don’t have to worry about the vest not fitting since you can adjust each strap. Our vest are made to fit the way you want to ensure that our customers are comfortable when wearing the vest.
In conclusion our bulletproof vest meet the highest standards. We try our best to make sure that each vest is up to the standards that the customer expects. We use denier nylon to ensure that are vest are not punctured. This material is also waterproof so if it happens to get wet it will not be ruined. The vest are made with molle webbing for any attachments a customer may have to add. The adjustable strap that the vest are made with, ensure that it will fit our customer. The Best Bulletproof Vest strive to please the customers.
History of Body Armor
Ever since the first battle of the very first war mankind has been using weapons to harm one another for anything from religion to the politics. With the creation of these weapons came body armor, from the basic shield and bronze the Greeks and Romans utilized all the way to present day highly sophisticated light yet very effective bullet proof vests. Over the course of history we have seen as there is one big development in either body armor or weaponry the other area must make advancements to try to be better then the other. As we go further into this article we will see real examples of this and will see how body armor has advanced in relation to weapons over the course of history.
We will start with the Greeks and Romans who reigned when the weapons at the time were simply swords, javelins and arrows. This meant that combat was always held at a close distance and was very violent. As a result the soldiers carried a shield and wore very thick heavy bronze and iron body armor. This armor was made to take and deflect heavy blows from their enemies who were typically the barbarians. The barbarians on the other hand noticed the bulkiness in their armor made the soldiers much slower and therefore wore body armor made of leather and mail which was much less protective but far lighter and allowed them to be much more mobile which allowed them to attack their enemies from their horses and run hoping that they could avoid a fatal blow. Now we move onto the medieval period, as weapons advanced from the previous era the body armor had to catch up in order to be effective. So one major development in this era was the development of chain mail. Chain mail is a series of rings interlocked together that was very effective against defending from weapons that either stabbed or slashed. The reason why this body armor is a huge improvement over the Greek and Roman armor is because it was far lighter and therefore made the soldiers a lot more mobile. Despite the effectiveness against these weapons chain mail was not very useful against maces, hammers or any other weapon that used brute force as a way to get through the armor. Over time as a way to at least absorb some of the damage taken by these weapons the soldiers would wear a type of advanced leather or jerkin over or underneath the chain mail to provide a bit more protection or as a means to occasionally deflect blows from the enemy. While this did provide a bit of extra protection it was still not very useful against weapons such as crossbows, or maces. As a result solid iron or metal plates were slowly beginning to be wore which provided much more protection. These became much more commonplace as we see eventually soldiers wear body suits entirely out of metal plates. This would be what most people know as knights in shining armor in present day. While this armor was effective at receiving and absorbing blows it was also very heavy. With some suits wearing over a 100 pounds, this extra weight made the soldiers far less mobile.
With the discovery of gun powder in China in the 9th century which led to the creation of guns made all body armor before it obsolete. It took over a thousand years for the first modern bulletproof vest to be invented by polish engineer Casimir Zeglen. Before this many people experimented and found ways to stop or slow down bullets with layers of metal or soft body armor crated by the Japanese, but these methods proved to be far too ineffective (the metal armor) or far too expensive to be wildly produced (the Japanese softer body armor). This early vest provided protection against low caliber guns of the era and the weight of the material he wore was only half a pound per square foot, so it was extremely lightweight. This was just the beginning of a new revolutionary form of body armor that would forever change the way body armor was looked at.
It wasn’t until the 1960s that new fibers were discovered that made truly bulletproof vests as we know it today. With this Dupont’s Kevlar ballistic fiber was invented. This vest had the ability to stop much higher velocity bullets and higher caliber bullets then previous vests. There is also another alternative to kevlar in present day vests known as AR500 armor. This armor can withstand bullets fired from anything to a handgun to an assault rifle. Now with the AR500’s higher stopping power comes the fact that it is heavier then any kind of kevlar vest. Both of these vests are now considered the best body armor available today
As we have seen the development of armor over the course of history we have seen great advancements in the field. It only leads one to wonder what could future armor be like. The trend for body armor is for it to be cheaper, lighter and higher stopping power. Is it possible that someday there will be whole body suits that could be activated with a press of a button that protects the user from any type of harm? The possibilities are endless and the sky is the limit for the development of body armor as researchers and billions of dollars are being poured into in the military to find more effective weapons and defense systems.
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Flak Jackets or Bulletproof Vests?
Even though now we use the terms “flak jacket” and “bulletproof vest” interchangeably, there was a time were flak jackets did not fall into the bulletproof category, and they could even be seen as two separate, different kinds of protection. It took several modifications and improvements in order to make a flak jacket light in weight and truly bulletproof, like it is now. It all started out during World War II, when new equipment and tools were being invented and tested. These advancements were necessary in order to thrive in the midst of the chaos. For a while, the main focus was the improvement of body armor, which triggered the invention of what we know as the flak jacket. The word “flak” is a derivation of the abbreviated form of the German word Flugabwehrkanone, which is a type of antiaircraft gun. The first flak jacket was nothing more than a nylon vest with steel plates sewn inside. Even though they did their job of protecting well, the main complication was that they were too heavy, what affected the mobility and velocity of the user, which are essential abilities in any gun encounter. After the war ended, the flak jackets were restructured and used for general combat use. The new design excluded the steel plates, exchanging them with more layers of dense nylon, making it “lightweight” since it weighed about 4 kg. Tested during the Korean war, it proved to prevent chest, back and abdominal wounds by up to a seventy percent. The biggest weakness then was that it was less effective at stopping riffles and other arms fire.
The great turning point, however, came with the invention of Kevlar, an ultra strong fiber. The invention was made by DuPont chemist Stephanie Kwolek, in the search for a way to make radial car tires lighter. Kevlar allowed the flak jackets to stop bullets as effectively as nylon, but it would also make it considerably lighter in weight, which was a desired advantage. The current flak jackets are not made out of nylon or Kevlar only. Instead, they feature pouches that allow the insertion of armor plates, which makes them even more protective and safe. The standard flak jacket now consists of both Kevlar and the insertion of plates, and it weights about 4.5 kg. There a several types of plates, made out of different of materials according to the preferences and circumstances of the user. The main purpose of this combination is to make the flak jacket strong enough to stop 9mm bullets, making it worthy of being referred to as a bulletproof vest.
Concealable Bulletproof Vests
Bulletproof vest too heavy? Can’t wear your favorite clothes with your current bulky vest? Don’t want anybody knowing that you’re wearing one? Lots of civilians embrace and sometimes even love the idea of owning a bulletproof vest but, in some occasions, it is better to keep things practical, simple, and private. For these applications and situations, wearing a concealable bulletproof vest is the absolute best choice.
What is a concealable vest?
As the name implies, a concealable or “concealed” bulletproof vest is a thin, lightweight, and compact vest that protects and individual for bullet impacts.
Since concealable armor is thin and soft, it is perfect for everyday wear and its applications can be extended further than just providing body protection. Concealed armor can also provide side, lower body, and head protection and it is suitable for extended wear.
Depending on the clothing used, these vests can provide absolute discretion while worn. The key to successfully hiding one lies on professionally measuring one’s body dimensions to customize the fabrication of the vest.
Since stealth is as the top priority besides safety, concealable bulletproof vests are required to be manufactured from light yet strong materials which are usually Kevlar and Aramid. When applied successfully, these materials can provide sufficient protection from handguns and even shotgun rounds except slugs.
These vests are designed to protect individuals from real-life threats, where machines guns and assault rifles are not commonly used.
Kevlar is a highly customizable material thus, multiple layers of it can be applied to reach different levels of bullet protection. According to the U.S. National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a typical concealable vest usually offers protection from 9 milimeter FMJ (Full Metal Jacket) bullets at 1090 feet per second. Scale wise, this means that most concealed vests are tested for Level IIA NIJ standard protection.
If a higher level of protection is desired (NIJ IIIA for example), more layers of either Kevlar or Aramid can be added to the concealable vest. Theoretically, this would allow the vest to achieve higher bullet-resistance from faster and larger bullets, but this usually, if not always, results in a thicker, less discrete vest.
In some of the U.S. States, civilians are allowed to buy and use bulletproof vests. However, in some states like Connecticut, residents are prohibited from acquiring body armor unless it is done in a face-to-face manner (Connecticut State Constitution).
As of this article’s date, the state of New York still allows civilians to purchase bulletproof armor, but this state might be in the works of new legislation that might prevent so. As a result, it is advised to buy now while it is legal.
Concealable bullet proof vests are made from the same materials that conventional ones are and sometimes, they can be less expensive than their counterparts because less material is required during production. However, this may not always be true because concealed vests usually require tailoring and customized cuts from expensive equipment.
Expect to invest around 350 U.S. Dollars on a concealable vest.
Is there any other information that I should know in regards of body armor?
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what is the difference between a curved steel plate and a flat steel plate?
When it comes to choosing which hard armor plate is best for your bullet proof vest, there are many options. Plates can be either made of steel, ceramic, or polyethylene. Plates most often come in 2 shapes. There is the curved plate and the flat plate. When people are shopping for plates, they often fail to pay attention to this type of detail. Choosing the right curvature of plate is very important, because at the end of the day this is what is going to protect you and what will determine how truly safe the vest is. Bullet proof vests, need to be adaptable to any person, any size. When determining the curvature of the plates being used, it is important to keep in mind protection, mobility, coverage, and size.
Curved plates are plates that do not lay flat on the chest, but rather adapts to the shape of the human chest. They are said to be more comfortable since they adapt to the body. Some would argue that since it wraps around the body it would protect a bit more. Curved plates are also said to mitigate penetration by not allowing rounds to impact at a 90 degree angle.Curved plates One downside of using a curved plate in your bullet proof vest, is that it is very complicated to make one for each body, and they usually come in one standard size. This becomes a problem, when a big chested women wants to use a vest, that is made for a man. Curved plates are designed in such way, that at impact the bullet is deflected. The problem with the bullet being deflected, is we do not know where the bullet will go.
Flat plates are less expensive than curved plates. People who do not really know much about the product, would say that curved plates are better than flat plates. Truth be told, flat plates are safer than curved plates because while curved plates will make the bullet deflect, flat plates will automatically stop the bullet. The problem of having a bullet deflect, is when the bullet deflects, you do not know where it will go. Flat plates are also better than curved plates, because although curved plates are supposed to adapt and curve your chest, it is impossible for it to actually fit everyone the right way. Flat plates are definitely considered to be the best option for you bulletproof vest for multiple reasons, not to mention it is the lighter, and much cheaper.
When it comes to choosing the right plate for your bullet proof vest, it is very important to do your research, and choose the right plate. At the end of the day, the plate is what truly will determine how protected you are from a bullet. Choosing the right kind of plate, is essential for your safety, comfortability, and protection.The Best Bullet Proof Vest is definitely the best option when it comes to a comfortable, and safe bullet proof vest. For more information, you can go right to our website TheBestBulletproofVest.com
What kind of bulletproof vest should I get?
So you’re looking for the best level of protection and the overall best body armor to get when it comes to your security. Knowing what you need for a job or just everyday life is essential and we can help you find it! If you are here to learn more about the suitable gear to wear on in any situation, you’ve come to the right place. As professionals in the field of body armor, we can help you find the perfect gear to shield yourself in life-threatening situations; and not only that, our vests can offer many other benefits!
Levels of protection for body armor
So what are the best plates to get when it comes down to protection in any situation? The Best Bulletproof Vest’s body armor is made out of AR500 hard armor, which is rugged, reliable, and stress fracture resistant. This material is then formed into metal plates that slide right into the vest, offering flexibility and comfort. The vest comes with multiple armor plates and has both front and rear plate compartments to ensure maximum security. Our company prides itself on having the highest level of ballistic protection that surpasses even the NIJ III Standard-0101.06 for military and law enforcement protection. We even offer protection against spike and stab attacks. We also offer other levels of protection like NIJ I, NIJ IIa, NIJ II, NIJ IIIa, and NIJ III (which is our best protection), but we ensure that you as the customer only get the best level: NIJ III.
What are bulletproof vests made of
The Best Body Armor along with multiple other companies prides itself on having durable, flexible, and most importantly comfortable vests that the ballistic plates can rest easily in. The vests have integrated MOLLE webbing, described as Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment. This material allows a wide variety of tactical accessories to be attached if needed. MOLLE is used in many different ways when it comes to the material and vests. There are three modes of attachment in the MOLLE arena, The ‘Natick Snap’ that uses a webbed strap, the ‘Malice’ clip that is quite similar to the ‘Natick Snap’ in that they both interweave but the ‘Malice’ clip must be attached using a screwdriver, and the ‘Weave & Tuck’ category mostly composed of interwoven straps tucked into the item’s back. A lot of information, but just know that this material is used by some of the highest forces such as the British Army and the United States Army, so we can trust it’s safe.
Where do I find this body armor
The Best Bulletproof Vest is the place to go when it comes to these pieces of protection. And we offer our vests as low as $299! This includes various colors, adjustable vests, completely hand made in America, tested by the government, and most importantly, able to withstand bullets, blades, and spikes. There is also a 10 year warranty, in case something happens and you need a new vest, and priority shipping when duty calls and you need it soon. The Best Bulletproof Vest wants to help you protect yourself. We care about your safety and if you ever have any questions, feel free to hop on our website thebestbulletproofvest.com and speak to a live representative immediately!
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