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Materials Used to Make Body Armor

Kevlar vs Steel vs PE (Polyethylene) Body Armor Kevlar, steel and Polyethylene (PE) are the most used materials in the manufacture of body armor. Kevlar and PE are mainly used to make soft body armor, while steel and ceramic are used to make hard body armor. PE and Kevlar have revolutionized the development and manufacture of body armor. Body armor before the introduction of PE and Kevlar was bulky and rather uncomfortable to wear. Kevlar is way lighter and is said to be up to five times harder and stronger than steel. PE (Polyethylene) body armor is the best in all fronts. It is lighter than Kevlar, and up to 15 times stronger than steel. PE is a thermoplastic material. PE...

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Body Armor Levels | Ratings Compared

Body Armor Levels | Ratings Compared Different weapons pose different levels of threats. As such, different body armor products offer different levels of protection. Body armor products are categorized into different levels according to the level of ballistic or knife stab protection they offer. The US National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has come up with standards to measure protection levels. NIJ also works very closely with the UK Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) to develop globally accepted body armor standards. The two authorities work hand in hand while testing body armor. As such, body armor that has satisfied certain NIJ standards level will have satisfied CAST standards for that level as well. The protection standards of body armor...

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Body Armor for Civilians VS Military

Comparing Civilian and Military Body Armor Body armor refers to all kinds of protective clothing that is designed to protect your body from penetration or impact caused by weapon attacks. In most instances, body armor is used to protect oneself against attacks by bullets and crude weapons. Traditionally body armor has been a preserve of military personnel and law enforcement officers. However, body armor is being used by private citizens and private guards to protect themselves nowadays. There is a big difference in the threats faced by military personnel and those faced by any of the other parties mentioned above. Also, there are regulations that govern the use of body armor by private citizens. These regulations, at times and in...

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