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Kevlar vs Steel vs PE Body Armor

Comparing Body Armor Materials: Ceramic, PE, Steel and Kevlar Kevlar, steel, Polyethylene (PE) and ceramic are four common materials in body armor manufacturing. In this handy guide, we'll explore each of these materials and when they're most suitable. So, sit back and relax as we take you through the exciting journey of body armor comparisons — you'll probably be an expert by the time we're done. Ceramic First, we'll explore the pros and cons of ceramic body armor plates. Pros Ceramic plates are typically about 37% lighter than steel plates and cheaper than PE, typically costing under $200. They're generally good for five to seven years — provided that they don't take a bullet, obviously —  which is a pretty impressive life span for their price and fragility. Consider ceramic body armor if the...

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Choosing The Best Bulletproof Backpacks

Body armor is not just about vests, insert plates and helmets. Bulletproof backpacks are becoming a very popular product among the American population. Deciding what kind of bulletproof backpack to buy depends on what applications you will use the body armor for. Bulletproof bags are made of various materials that protect the wearer from gunfire and other potential projectiles. Learn more about how to buy a bulletproof backpack and what bulletproof backpack styles are available. Who Needs a Bulletproof Backpack? A bulletproof backpack can be a sound investment to protect against potential gunfire and other projectiles. Bulletproof backpack inserts are made of strong, durable materials to absorb gunfire shock and prevent the round from perforating the armor. You may want to invest in a...

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Bulletproof Plate Buyer's Guide

Congrats — you've made it to our complete bulletproof plate buyer's guide. If you're reading this, it's probably safe to say your job is no walk in the park. Are you a cop? Do you work in the military? How about a security guard? All of these — and more — require bulletproof vests and plates. There's simply no way around it. You need quality protection from potential shootings on the job, and that's why we're here to help. With risky jobs like these, a high-quality bulletproof plate isn't just a want, it's a need. Trust us. To determine which type of body armor you'll need for work, read on to learn about the NIJ plate protection levels, sizes and materials. Choosing...

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How to Travel With Body Armor: Common Rules and Regulations

Body armor is essential for law enforcement, military professionals and even civilians. If you are traveling with body armor, including bulletproof vests, plates, helmets and blankets, you've come to the right place. Airlines and countries have their own policies and restrictions, so it's important you understand these regulations before traveling — but it's pretty easy to travel to other states or countries with any kind of body armor. Overall, it is legal to own and wear armor in the United States as long as you are not a convicted felon. I know, there's a lot of different types of protective gear and research around what's allowed and what's not, but we have taken care of that for you. Our article...

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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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