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Everyone talks about guns these days – whether we should ban them or leave them be, what’s good to buy and own for personal protection, but few people talk about body armor. With the growing number of shooting incidents, terrorist attacks and civil unrest, anyone can benefit from having body armor as it gives you a level of protection no other gear can. Still, this being said – you need to know how to navigate your way around all the types, styles and levels out there.
Today, the variety of firearms you can purchase in the US makes it necessary to consider protective gear as well. Body armor has left the lines of military and law enforcement operatives and security agents, and is now widely available and used by civilians as well. Being smart about staying safe in different situations and environments entails more than simply being aware of your surroundings. And the rising numbers of shooting incidents, random attacks, urban crime and terrorism only prove the need for body armor in everyday life.
Body armor should be selected based on a variety of factors,including potential threats expected, utility and comfort as well as environment adaptability. The most important variable, however, is the level of protection it can provide against an array of pistol and blade attacks and the safety it can guarantee.
Based on these criteria, body armor products are categorized into one of six levels:
Level I: Generally not recommended, the lowest level protects only against fragmentation and very low velocity pistol ammunition,such as a. 38 Special and .22 calibers.
Level IIA: Suitable against vast majority of threats encountered on the street by law enforcement officials, although it does not protect against blunt trauma injuries. It is tested against 9mm and .40 calibers.
Level II: Considered the best balanced option between blunt trauma protection, cost, and thickness / comfort / concealability. It performs well 9mm and .357 Magnum calibers at higher velocity.
Level IIIA: Well suited for high-risk situations as it covers more of the uncommon or unusual threats, such as 9mm and 44 Magnum calibers at sub-machine gun velocity.
Level III: With more comprehensive safety coverage, Level III extends to cover even 7.62mm NATO rounds, which makes it suitable for military personnel and security operatives in high-risk areas.
Level IV: The highest rating for Body Armor offers protection against armor-piercing .30-06 caliber rounds and all lower level threats.
As it’s getting easier to acquire semi-automatic and higher-caliber weapons, higher levels of protection are becoming more popular with civilians and professionals. For general patrol duty and survival purposes, a concealable, soft body armor vest in Level III will do the job. It provides the highest blunt trauma protection rating in soft body armor. The best for very high-risk situations to cover more of the uncommon or unusual threats. It can keep you safe from .44 Magnum Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point, 9 mm FMJ and lower level calibers .40 S&W Full Metal Jacket and .357 JSP.If the situation calls for it, you can upgrade your body armor to a higher level with the addition of SAPI plates that are inserted in the front and back pockets of the vest. But this will add weight and make your armor bulkier and more uncomfortable for prolonged wear. There are also combined systems that offer protection against firearms as well as sharp-edged blades and spike weapons. These are well-suited for an urban environment, where it’s easy to conceal knives, pieces of glass, screwdrivers and other materials that can be used as weapons.