Best places to keep your gun at home
When deciding what place is safest to store a weapon in your house you quickly realize that there is no perfect hiding spot because it depends on many factors that pin us into tough choices. Like having to choose between always keeping your gun within arms reach or storing it in a safe where it is sure to be out of reach of anyone but you. Or like making the decision of having your gun always loaded and ready to go, as opposed to keeping your weapons in a room separate from your ammunition and body armor.
People who like to keep their guns in drawers, nightstands, and between mattresses argue that in the occasion of a break-in the speed in which you can be armed and ready not only gives you the advantage but decreases the chances of getting caught off guard. Yet, choosing to leave guns strewn about your house does increase the risk of you inadvertently arming your home invader which can leave you in a tougher spot. Another aspect to consider is if to leave your gun cocked; people for it tend to feel safer knowing that fine motors skills is the first thing you lose when the adrenaline starts kicking in, so loading a gun could be an issue for some when in highly stressful situations. Those against propose the argument that cocking the gun not only gives out a warning sound (which could save you the trouble of actual confrontation) but gives you more time to gather your wits before you make any final decisions. As Wyatt Earp once said, “Fast is fine but accuracy is final. Learn to shoot slow in a hurry.”
For some, keeping a loaded weapon close by at all times is not an option. People with children or those who would rather have their guns in a more secure location tend to favor safes. These can range from a small one or two weapons safe, to large ones built to house rifles and body armor as well. But with all gun strongboxes comes the same issue; in the event of a break-in, accessing and arming yourself in time could prove to be a challenge. Considering how a split second can make a world of difference, choosing to keep everything locked in a safe can be a secure yet risky option. Another potential drawback to safes is how expensive it can get to purchase and install some of them, but for people with collections or invaluable weapons this might be the most ideal way to go in terms of safekeeping. Some also reject the idea of safes since they can be specifically targeted by intruders, so a market for concealed safes has a rise in options like fake furniture, ornaments and regular household items that can conceal weapons around their home.
Technology has definitely benefited gun owners recently given the fact that we can now have access to higher grade protection for weapons than ever. Ranging from trigger locks that prevent unintentional discharges to fully customizable gun locks that feature thicker steel, resistance to fire damage, electronic locks, quality upholstery and even fingerprint recognition. With all this technology available there is little excuse for not being protected, but the most important thing to figure out is.. What s your ideal protection?
Security Personnel and Body Armor
The body armor and security industries are two closely interdependent trades. On one hand there’s the ballistic protection market which, fueled by the security industries never ending need for the latest improvements in bullet and stab resistance, continues to implement the latest technological advancement in engineering to further decrease the chances of serious injury or death. Considering those, there is the security industries constant growth; which nowadays ranges from shopping malls to high profile government institutions. All of the vastly different areas of operation entail varying levels of threat. For example, the dangers a bar security employee might find himself faced with are mostly stabs and low caliber guns; yet on the other hand an armored vehicle security guard might be more inclined to use a much higher grade of body armor that also protects against assault rifles and sub-machineguns. In some sectors of the security industry, other lesser-known types of vests are used like covert armor carriers, which provide a discrete fit, and are often times concealed completely. This concealability comes along with a lighter overall weight and the inherent flexibility of Kevlar plates. This lightweight armor is usually worn beneath layers of clothing and is mostly used for securing private parties, high-end nightclubs or VIP protection scenarios.
One of the sectors that has arguably seen the largest growth in semi-private security has university campuses. Given the unfortunate reality that school shootings have been at an all-time high, some colleges have begun to adopt higher measures of security for the protection for their staff and students. Campus security face many dangers on the job and some tasks are not necessarily recognized. Beyond the basic “speeding on campus” traffic stops and all of the drunken bar fights, public intoxication and indecent exposure that tend to be a regular part of the college party scene. Some of the basic tasks of any university officer are to conduct daily and nightly patrols of buildings for anyone of ill intent. Their job also forces them to confront and questions the presence of any stranger on campus that may seem like a risk to himself or others, knowing and spotting suspicious behavior is key to this part of the job. Most officers are even trained to detect the presence of religious extremism and the recruitment strategies commonly used on young students. While most of the day-to-day interactions for campus and local police are relatively benign, Campuses tend to attract other more serious dangers like car chases, drug dealing, armed robbery, bomb threats and even mass shootings. So while it may seem like Campus PD’s do not need a lot of protection, very serious threats can arise out of nowhere, so it is better to be prepared for the worst.
Ultimately, all security jobs require specific gear, and when acquiring your ideal piece there must be a certainty of the threats and situations that protective armor will be exposed to. Ideally, managers should consider the most suitable options in order to assure their staffs safety on the job. Moreover, since there still is not a thing as a bulletproof officer, it is up to the people in the industry to strive for improvement and advancement in a field only limited by imagination and time.
Should body armor be legal?
Is there such a thing as Overprotection?
When considering how precious and delicate life can be, one is often confronted with questions like, do I feel safe? Am I being prepared? Is there such a thing as “too prepared?” The most common conclusions tends to be that no matter how protected you are, you are not bulletproof. And nowhere less is that the case than in states like Connecticut, where state laws have been passed that directly confront the second amendment. These laws severely criminalize the buying and selling of protective body armor by any means that is not a person-to-person transactions. As a direct consequence, Public Act 98-127 not only restricts civilians’ access of life-saving protection but also directly affects law enforcement and military personnel, who depend on catalog or online bulk transactions, from acquiring an indispensable part of their gear. Why does that matter in Florida, or any other of the 49 states, you may ask. With New York following Connecticut’s footsteps and queuing up a few body armor restrictions this year the picture could not be clearer since some other anti-gun states are expected to jump on the bandwagon against self-protection for all the wrong reasons. The main drive behind these attempts to forcefully restrict the American people of their constitution given right is the general disarming of America with school shootings bearing the burden of being the excuse.
“The people intent on committing these atrocities outfit themselves with the macabre tools of their trade … and the defensive gear to ensure they do the most damage,” says Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center. A D.C.-based gun control research organization.
Although Mr. Sugarmann attempts to make a solid point about how the use of protective gear can, in some situations, hinder police’s attempts at controlling a situation since the criminal can be better protected against police force. To stop the main concern, criminals being better protected from law enforcement, some states have made it illegal for a person with a criminal record ranging from a simple misdemeanor to anyone that has been incarcerated from ever attempting to own any type of body armor or weapon. While this might put a dent in most former criminals attempts at acquiring protection there are still a wide variety of known ways you can acquire bulletproof protection illegal through the internet. So are these laws really helping the public (which should be their sole intention) or are they inadvertently just making it harder for the common law-abiding citizen American to take their safety into their own hands.
Should these restrictions continue to spread across the states we could inevitably find ourselves at a point where choosing protection based on your personal needs will be a thing of the past and only an option for certain law officers and active military personnel; confining citizens to a very limited and compromising number of options for self-preservation. In a country built on the foundation of freedom, having limited options for protections seems to directly interfere with that fundamental right. So does body armor hurt people? Of course not, their invention came from the need to preserve life and minimize injuries. And taking into account that police scanners, radar detectors and night vision binoculars are still 100% legal, we can only ask ourselves; Are we focusing on the problem at hand? Or just demonizing an important life-preserving tool in order to feel a little “safer.”
What is Spalling and How Dangerous is it?
When it comes to shooting steel, certain precautions need to be observed in order to protect oneself and bystanders from the lead fragments that inevitably bounce off the steel plate. These fragments, collectively, regardless of size, are referred to as “spall”. Now these fragments can be dangerous, they ‘bounce’ off the steel at considerable speed and can sometimes have enough mass to cause injury. The most dangerous form of spall is not really spall, but rather a “ricochet”. Luckily, spall is relatively easy to predict and therefore can be avoided.
When shooting at a steel plate, the spall typically deflects off the plate at around a 20-degree angle. Thus, one can imagine a “cone of danger” with the point at the bullets point of impact and spreading out from the plate at a 20-degree angle. So when adhering to the safe 180 rule at the range, shooting steel poses little to no risk because no one should be at a 20 degree angle to the target. Problems arise however when targets become damaged either through pitting or bending. This can radically change the behavior of the projectile lead compared to a flat plate. There have even been reports of nearly intact projectiles coming back directly at the shooter because of old bent targets. The pitting issue is primarily caused by the plate being shot with either too fast of a caliber, or with steel core or similarly hardened core projectiles, neither of which would have been recommended for use by the manufacturer.
Because rifle rounds contain so much more energy and velocity compared to their pistol counterparts, often steel target manufacturers list specific “minimum distances” for certain rifle calibers to be used with their targets. The reasoning behind this is twofold. First, the increased distance allows the projectile to slow down through air resistance so that it hits the plate with less energy and velocity, which will impart less damage on the target. Secondly, any fragments that come off a plate from a rifle caliber will be traveling much faster and carry much more energy than one from a pistol round. The increased distance reduces the likelihood of shrapnel hitting the shooter as well as allowing air resistance to act on the fragment reducing the amount of energy it carries and thus the damage it can cause.
So how does this apply to AR500 bulletproof vests?
The number one reason why people are concerned about spalling is that they are thinking of buying an AR500 or similar steel plate and trying to decide whether the “anti-spall” coating is worth the extra money. Anti-spall coatings are typically just truck bed-liner sprayed on very heavy. The most important consideration if you are planning on going to spend the extra money is to make sure the manufacturer applies enough of it for it to actually work. Given enough thickness, anti-spall coatings absorb near 100% of lead fragments for the first few rounds.
However, spending the extra money per plate often allows for the purchasing of a ceramic or other composite that does not have spalling issues. Moreover, the reality is that most spall will eject away from the surface of the plate at an angle such that it does not hit the user, and any few bits that do are typically trapped by the carrier itself. At the end of the day, AR500 and steel plates are the most cost effective option because they stop the highest threat rounds, repeatedly, for pennies on the dollar compared to ceramics. There is little need to worry about spall because at the end of the day, if you have to deal with spall, you just took a round center mass, you have more immediate issues that require your attention.
What defines “bullet-proof”?
The classical definition of “bulletproof” is typically presented as an object’s imperviousness to bullets. With the variety and often overwhelming power of modern munitions, making something impenetrable to every possible munition is impractical. When it comes to wearable bulletproof armor, having something that offers maximum protection while maintaining complete mobility requires some degree of compromise. At least it used to.
The government authority that sets the standards for ballistic armor is the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The NIJ thoroughly tests every vest upon its introduction to the market using their rigorous standardized laboratory methods. The NIJ first started doing these tests to determine which vests would be good enough for police officers and other law enforcement. Since then, the NIJ rating system has become the industry standard for law enforcement, military, and commercially marketed vests. Every vest is given a protection rating which describes what kinds of cartridges the vest is capable of stopping. The ratings serve as a convenient guide to classify and quantify the ballistic capabilities of each vest model.
Level I is only rated for rimfire and archaic cartridges, which are so rare in self-defense situations that no vests are commercially sold with a Level 1 rating. Level IIA describes a vest that is capable of stopping handgun velocity 9mm and other common slow velocity pistol cartridges such as .40 S&W. Level II offers protection against faster moving pistol calibers such as 357 Magnum and pistol calibers shot from carbines. Level IIIA is the highest rating Kevlar vests have been able to achieve thus far. These vests can stop nearly anything fired from a pistol, but they leave their wearer completely exposed to any variety of rifle calibers as well as some of the more exotic armor piercing pistol calibers such as 5.7x28FN. In the past, in order to get full Level III protection, which includes rifle calibers, one would have to spend an exorbitant amount to get hard armor capable of stopping even the lightest rifle cartridges. Because of the inferior steel used in these older vests, they would have to utilize thick, heavy plates in order to offer protection even against some of the more common rifle cartridges. With modern steel processing and hardening methods, it is now possible to get ballistic plates rated beyond Level III+, which is capable of stopping round more powerful than the .308 ball used to certify standard Level III. Level III+ exceeds the standards set by the NIJ and is vastly superior to the common vests used by law enforcement and even most military personnel.
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Hair so strong, it could stop a bullet
As history will tell you, for years, ballistic protection has essentially been the same in design and materials. But what if we wanted to start from scratch a make a whole new class of material, inspired by the structure of hair strands. According to several publications, a new study on hair could lead scientist to a new polymer for ballistics protection. In San Diego, CA at the University of California, there has been a new study conducted on the natural resilience and strength of hair. It has been observed for year’s hairs ability to withstand against deformation. Hair has a strength ratio close to materials like steel, and can be stretched one and a half times before breaking. This can be observed from the surface, but the team in California decided it was time to understand this mystery.
Unboxing the mystery
In running its testing, the team decided it needed to take a new approach on the examination of hair. They decided to observe it on a Nano scale level, to really understand the complexity behind the structure observing at this level allows for an extremely detailed visual to the effects of stretching or deformation. In testing they also wanted to see why hair can sometimes break or rip, despite its ability to maintain resilience, and what variables could attribute to this phenomenon. In a controlled environment, they watched as the strands altered during deformation. During testing they observed that hair, behaves differently depending on the speed of deformation or stretching. If a strand is stretched at a rapid rate, it’s virtually stronger than when it is stretched slower. You may be wondering how that may even be possible, well when stretched, the strand structure changes. This change in structure, is the inspiration behind the possibility of a new polymer.
Understanding the structure
The structure of the hair strand is made us of two main components, the cortex, and the matrix. The cortex is made up of parallel fibrils, and the matrix is composed of amorphous structure. The cortex has the ability to withstand strand stretching, while the matrix, is sensitive to the speed of stretching. These two components combine to give the strand the ability to hold its resilience during stretching. The two structures also, change as the strand is stretched. When deformation occurs, on a Nano scale level, it can be observed that the fibrils in the cortex are made up of thousands of coil shaped chains. These chains are called alpha helix chains. As the strand is stretched, these coils unravel to for beta sheets. According to results reported by team of researchers, this is the reason hair is able to withstand stretching without breaking. This structure change can also be reversible if undergoes a small amount of strain. This ability to withstand from kinetic forces, has the team inspired to create a new polymer based of its structure. The team is still testing the effects of moisture on hair before proceeding with polymer creation trials. They want to understand waters ability to make hair recover on a Nano scale level. The team believes that the key to building a great polymer lies in understanding the structure of the hair strands.
In your search for high tech protection, you should invest in a ballistic protection that is reliable, innovative, and dependable. Although the hair inspired polymer isn’t available as of yet, The Best Bullet Proof Vest has a huge selection of NIJ tested an approved armored plates, and plate carriers.
The first Bulletproof Vest
There were multiple bulletproof vest made in the early modern era. The first commercially sold bulletproof vest was a soft armor vest and was produced in Dublin, Ireland in the 1840s. The second soft armor vest was invented in Joseon, Korea in 1860s. The Koreans received numerous threats so they made this bulletproof vest to protect their army form the western army. This soft armor bulletproof vest was made of 10 layers of cotton fabric. The United States Navy captured a vest when the Koreans used them in war against the US. During the 1880s, an Australian gang made a ballistic vest from plough blades. Plough blades are used to farm various crops. These blades loosen the soil so that new seeds can be planted. This armor that the Australians used was almost 100 pounds! However this armor did not cover legs and hands. This was important because their mobility while wearing this armor was very minimal. American outlaw & gunfighter Jim Miller would wear a steel breastplate over his coat for protection. This plate saved his life on 2 different occasions and was proven to deflect handgun and shotgun bullets very easily. In 1881, physician George E. Good fellow noted that a self handkerchief stop a bullet from penetrating a faro dealer. Good fellow started to experiment with layer silk fabric 18 to 30 times to protect from bullets.
World War 2 body armor
During the second World War in 1940, Britain’s medical research council proposed that lightweight armor should be used by infantry. If some individuals were in more dangerous positions , then they would use a heavier armor suit. In 1941, trails started about the body armor made of steel plates. The armor provided great protection but restricted the mobility of a soldier. In 1943, the British released that most pilots died because of low velocity fragments rather than bullets. The British company began to produce flak jackets for bomber crew under contract with the Royal Air Force. The jackets that they manufactured for pilots were made of nylon fabric to stop shrapnel from impaling the pilots. The body armor that was designed for infantry in the early stages of World War II was considered to heavy for the soldiers because it restricted their mobility. The United States decided to manufactures body armor using Doron Plate. Doron plate was a fiberglass-based laminate. These vest were still heavy but provided more mobility for the soldiers.
In the 1980s, the US military produced Kevlar vest for infantry soldiers to wear. These vest were rated at NIJ level IIa. These vest were not as strong but would stop small handguns and fragmentation. These vest were great for mobility but not very effective because high velocity guns or large fragments would be life threatening. The bullets may not of pierced the armor but the energy of bullet would cause damage to the body. After being shot by a high velocity gun, the soldier could have internal bleeding, broken ribs, or even an exploded kidney. In 1991, ranger body armor was invented. This body armor would stop rifle caliber rounds. This vest was stronger and still light weight so the solider had the mobility they needed. Since the 1980s, several new innovations have been made to bulletproof vest. In 2017, The Best Bulletproof Vest, invented a new proprietary blend NIJ level IIIa plate that is only 4 lbs. This plate is very light compared to steel plates but still protects from higher velocity guns such as sub machine guns. Bulletproof vest have come a long way since the 1840s! Body armor is still being redesigned to this day to provide better mobility and better protection.
Who needs a bulletproof vest?
There are many situations where you may need a bulletproof vest in life. You always want to be prepared for the worst situation. Some people may need one for the work that they do. Other people need a bulletproof vest for personal protection. Other citizens use a vest for when they go shooting. The vest are multiple different uses.
Certain individuals are in a work field where they need protection. If you need to be protected while you are at work, a bulletproof vest will keep you safe. Bulletproof vests provide protection from nearly every weapon. You may need a vest if you work as a police officer or security guard in a high crime area. A bulletproof vest could be the difference between you living another day. You are less likely to be injured on the job when wearing a bulletproof vest.
Bulletproof vests can provide you with sense on security. If you live in a high crime neighborhood, then you probably worry about your safety on a daily. If you purchase a bulletproof vest you have more protection against weapons such as; guns, knives, and even bats. Don’t live in fear that something tragic will happen when you walk outside your house. Instead You can buy a bulletproof vest and never have to worry about your safety.
You may not have to worry about your safety at work or in your neighborhood. In that case you may be wondering why you would need a bulletproof vest. If you ever go hunting and shooting in the woods you may want added protection for the worst case scenario. You don’t want to go hunting for a deer and end up getting shot in the back. Your friend could accidentally shoot you or you could have a bullet ricochet. To prevent either of these terrible things from happening, you could wear a bulletproof vest. Some of the vest even come in camouflage so that you can still blend in when hunting. This is great so that it doesn’t interfere with your hunting but it keeps you protected.
A bulletproof vest can keep you protected when you need it to. If you work in a dangerous area this could be the difference between you going home to your family. Living in an unsafe neighborhood does not have to prevent you from doing the things your normally do. If you use body armor you would be protected anywhere you go. If you use firearms with friends whether you are hunting or shooting for fun, a bulletproof vest could come in hand. This vest could keep you safe when using firearms. Don’t jeopardize your life for a small price.
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.
Who needs a bulletproof vest?
The reasons for choosing to purchase and own a bulletproof vest are varied and widespread, but they all typically boil down to the decision to protect oneself. After all, body armor is just that, armor. It is an insurance policy that you wear over your vital organs to save your life from an otherwise lethal event. The vast majority of people will go their entire life without ever getting shot, and that is generally a good thing. Yet, just like other catastrophic events, it does happen, and it is better to be prepared beforehand rather than after.
There is the small but growing number of people, particularly in the United States, that are choosing to be prepared for the worst. Prepping is an increasingly popular cultural phenomenon and while it may seem silly to some, it never hurts to be over prepared should anything bad happen. From natural disasters to collapses of rule of law and governmental turmoil, danger does exist, especially in the hypothetical future where anything might happen. While many focus almost blindly on offensive weaponry for self-defense with the proliferation of Concealed Carry programs and home defense planning, almost no consideration is typically placed in actual defensive measures. The best laid bug out plan or prepping strategy can easily be scrapped by a single stray round when not wearing armor capable of defeating it. With the variety and customizability of ballistic armor today, and the ever-falling price tag, there remains few excuses to refuse to integrate it into a self-defense strategy. Steel rifle rated bulletproof vests often seem to be overkill for the average civilian, but these too have their specific advantages that make them perfect for certain applications. Compared to Kevlar soft vests, AR500 steel plates do not degrade with light and heat, and thus have a theoretically infinite shelf life so long as they do not rust. This allows them to be purchased once and stored until they are needed.
The most surprise purchasers of high-grade rifle rated NIJ Level III+ AR500 plates are actually those already issued body armor. Law Enforcement and first responders looking to upgrade from their standard issue soft vests typically move up to AR500 steel rifle plates as opposed to the flimsy Kevlar vests they are issued. Contrary to popular belief, the soft Kevlar vests issued to police units across the country and the world are extremely vulnerable to rifle cartridges, offering little to no resistance against anything not fired out of pistol. With the growing threat of domestic terrorism and police targeted violence, the likelihood of an officer being faced with a rifle threat is greater than it has ever been and many feel justifiably under protected by their standard issue vests.
Bulletproof Vests on their own are simply pieces of gear designed to protect their user from harm. They are protective in the same way that a motorcycle helmet protects its wearer from potential harm. No one has ever been killed or injured from an attack from a Kevlar vest as far as the records show. Bulletproof Vests often receive negative press because they are found in stashes of weapons recovered by the police when they raid drug cartels and other nefarious organizations. Bulletproof vests as a result have acquired a stigma of being owned by those looking or expecting to be in conflict with the authorities, yet this is not their only role. Many own bulletproof vests and other ballistic armor to protect themselves in everyday situations and have their critical place in any good home-defense or prepping strategy.