Types of Bullet Proof Body Armor
Whether attending an actual gunfight or walking down the street in self-defense gear, many people don’t realize that carrying body armor has become a common part of daily life. The question that many people have is if it is legal where they live. This article will address the issue of when buying body armor and will provide some information about what types of body armor are currently available.
When purchasing body armor
it is important to remember that it is only legal in three states Connecticut, Maryland, and New Hampshire. In other words, body armor may be purchased legally but it may not be worn by the law enforcement officials that are sworn to protect and serve. When buying body armor, it is recommended that one buys the highest quality armor that they can afford. Body armor can not be shipped to a non-custodial parent in Connecticut; neither can it be worn by a convicted felon in Maryland or a person with a restraining order in New Hampshire. In other words, if you own a piece of body armor that has a scratch or small tear, it is best to have it inspected by a certified armor specialist before purchasing it.
One type of body armor that law enforcement officers
are known to use is the baton vest. It is designed with a thin inner liner and is worn by sworn police officers in many cities throughout the country. In recent years, the number of officers who carry this kind of body armor has dramatically increased. Because of this, it is no longer classified as a private security device and it cannot be purchased by civilians unless it is custom made. In addition, a certified ballistician will evaluate any vest that is for sale to ensure that it meets the requirements of the state’s laws regarding the carrying of firearms and it complies with all local and federal regulations.
Another type of bulletproof vest
is the standard in body armor. This type of body armor was developed for the United States Army in 1995 and is widely used throughout the force. The thickness of this vest is one of the reasons that the average police officer can carry such large caliber weapons. This bulletproof armor is usually made from thick nylon and constructed with several layers of padding between the bulletproof jacket and the protective jacket. It is designed to resist piercing the toughest ammunition at close range but it does not stop a conventional handgun. Although it can withstand several shots, it is not effective at stopping the majority of handguns.
NIJ Threat Level III Body Armor
is the next generation of defense against handgun rounds. Unlike other types of body armor, it is made from especially heat-resistant steel plates that can withstand high temperatures and are coated with a highly durable epoxy liner. This type of test is commonly used in hospitals, the military, and law enforcement. When worn under a shirt, it creates an instant barrier between the wearer and the handgun. If a person is wearing body armor that is rated above NIJ Threat Level III, the handgun rounds will stop if they are fired upon by an assailant who is wearing this type of clothing.
As you can see, there are three different styles
of bulletproof vests available. They all have their advantages and disadvantages and each one varies in price. When purchasing a bulletproof vest, be sure to find one that is rated for the amount of handgun ammunition you will be carrying. Keep in mind that the longer the lifespan of the vest, the more money you will have to pay for it, so don’t go for a cheap vest if you can help it.