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SAPI vs. ESAPI: Which Plate Type Is Best?

Body armor, including bulletproof vests and bulletproof plate carriers, can protect the wearer from gunfire and other projectiles. While we may think body armor is only worn by military and law enforcement members, they're also regularly worn by citizens looking to maximize safety. When researching body armor, many people may encounter jargon and acronyms they don't understand. Many materials are used to make bulletproof inserts, and Kevlar is just one of many available materials. Some popular materials used in body armor include ceramic, steel, polyethylene and aramid. Each body armor material offers unique advantages and can safeguard the wearer from various projectiles and ammunition types. SAPI and ESAPI are two styles of body armor that are regularly used by the...

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The History and Evolution of Body Armor

As law enforcement and military professionals increasingly use firearms, the need for protection and body armor is becoming more important. While early forms of ballistic body armor were created in the mid-1800s, modern body armor wasn't created until the end of World War II. Read more about body armor history and who invented body armor and bulletproof vests. Early Uses of Body Armor The earliest iterations of body armor in medieval times were made with a variety of materials, including leather, chainmail, wood, horn and metal. In battles, officers wore armor as a symbol of power and status — the more ornate the armor, the higher the wearer's rank.  As weapons technology developed, so too did body armor. Metal body armor protected...

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Does Body Armor Expire?

A body armor expiration date helps determine when body armor may no longer be as effective. Over time, body armor will break, and some materials may degrade more quickly than others. For example, bulletproof vests may have a lifespan between five to 10 years, depending on the material. While expired body armor may provide some level of protection, it's not as strong, dependable and effective as body armor that hasn't expired. An expiration date helps a user determine when the product is more effective and reliable or when a user should consider replacement body armor. Learn more about how long body armor lasts below. How Long Does Steel Body Armor Last? Steel is an exceptionally strong material for body armor...

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Bulletproof Vest Buying Guide

If you want to invest in a bulletproof vest, it is important to know the various styles and materials, each providing unique benefits. Each bulletproof vest offers multiple levels of protection, mobility and affordability. When buying a piece of body armor, you invest in your personal safety. Learning about the best bulletproof vests can make all the difference and keep you adequately protected. Bulletproof vest materials can prevent a projectile or bullets without penetrating the wearer's body. Learn how to buy a bulletproof vest and the best ballistic vests for each application. What Is a Bulletproof Vest? A bulletproof vest is a type of body armor regularly worn by law enforcement and the military to provide a high level of...

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Bulletproof Plate Carrier Buying Guide

Bulletproof carriers remain an essential aspect for law enforcement, the military and more. They can easily be worn over clothing or under it if a wearer needs discreetness in addition to extra protection. Armor plates can be added to the front and back of carriers to keep the wearer safe from gunfire, especially rifles. A proper carrier will allow for an adequate range of motion without inhibiting breathing or sacrificing protection. When researching how to buy a bulletproof carrier, you will want to learn about the best plate carriers available and which material and type are right for your unique needs. What Is a Bulletproof Plate Carrier? A plate carrier is similar to a bulletproof vest and is an important piece of body...

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