Dispelling the "Bulletproof" Myth: 10 Essential Facts About Body Armor
May 01, 2023
As you consider investing in body armor for your protection, it is essential to be well-informed. In this article, we debunk the myth of "bulletproof" armor and provide you with ten key facts about body armor that will help you make an informed decision.
The "Bulletproof" Myth:There is no such thing as bulletproof body armor. For every armor product on the market, there is a projectile capable of penetrating it. Reputable manufacturers and designers of ballistic-resistant products avoid using such misleading language.
Lethality of Bullets:All bullets have the potential to be lethal. No body armor guarantees complete protection against every shot. Blunt force trauma from bullet impact can cause injury, unconsciousness, or even death. NIJ standard 0101.06 requires a back face signature of under 44mm to minimize the risk of injury.
Beware of False Claims:Many unscrupulous companies’ market "bulletproof" products, particularly online. Always do your research and verify the legitimacy of the company and product before purchasing.
Concealable and Tactical Carriers:Carriers are made from various nylon materials to hold ballistic-resistant panels. Without these panels or inserts, carriers do not provide ballistic protection.
Importance of NIJ 0101.06 Compliant Body Armor:NIJ 0101.06 compliant body armor offers increased protection against current ballistic threats. This globally recognized standard sets the minimum resistance requirements for soft and hard body armor.
Life Expectancy of Ballistic Panels and Plates:Ballistic-resistant products typically have a shelf life of 5-10 years. Factors affecting degradation include environmental conditions, usage, and care.
"Waterproof" Armor is Also a Myth:Just like "bulletproof," the term "waterproof" armor is misleading. Reputable companies describe their products as water-resistant, meaning they can withstand water penetration to a certain extent, but not entirely.
How Ballistic-Resistant Vests Work:Ballistic-resistant vests contain layers of materials like aramid and polyethylene that catch and absorb the impact of projectiles without penetration. Reducing back face signature (BFS) or trauma is essential in minimizing injury from bullet impact.
Understanding V50:V50 represents the velocity at which 50% of impacting projectiles penetrate the target, and the other 50% do not. This value is used as a norm to assess ballistic performance.
Proper Care for Ballistic-Resistant Panels:Store your body armor in a dry, flat area without heavy items on top. Avoid exposing panels to moisture, which can degrade ballistic materials. Clean ballistic-resistant panel inserts with a damp cloth and never machine-wash, dry-clean, or iron them.
By understanding these essential facts about body armor, you can make informed decisions when choosing the right protection for your needs. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our online product catalog.