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Body Armor for Law Enforcement

Bulletproof vests for police officers are an essential precaution, as well as plates, carriers, and other equipment depending on your field and responsibilities. Read on for some of the best body armor for law enforcement and how to choose the right armor and armor levels for your department.  How to Choose Body Armor for Your Department or Individual Officer If you’re at all familiar with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) body armor standards, you likely know they’re categorized by five different threat levels: Level IIA: Level IIA body armor has been NIJ-tested and rated to withstand .40 S&W and 9mm ammunition from slower-moving bullets out of handguns. It doesn’t offer protection from rifle ammo — probably not the best choice for SWAT teams, FBI agents, or anyone doing raids. Level...

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Body Armor Levels | Ratings Compared

NIJ Level Comparison of Body Armor Different weapons pose different levels of threat. As such, different body armor products offer different levels of ballistic or knife stab protection.   The U.S. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) created the 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. As such, body armor that has satisfied a certain NIJ standards level will have satisfied CAST standards for that level, as well. The NIJ also works closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop their standards.  Ballistic threat levels are explained in terms of the size...

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Common Items That Are and Are Not Bulletproof

Pop quiz time! What can stop a bullet? Drywall A door An engine block A couch Car door   Correct answer: an engine block! A car’s engine block has been accepted as a good place to cover yourself from bullets. It’s important to know what common objects bullets can and can’t go through in case you need to take cover.  Keep reading to discover what can stop a bullet. Can Bullets Go Through Walls?  Yes, bullets can easily go through walls! Most houses, especially newer ones, are made out of cheaper materials like vinyl siding and drywall. Typically, drywall is used in conjunction with 2x4 wooden boards, paint, and insulation. In most walls, wood 2x4 studs are placed vertically and...

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Why You Should Work Out in Body Armor

Ever seen someone at the gym, running with a plate carrier? Was your initial reaction to think, “That’s weird, why are they training with a plate carrier?” Before you judge them as being over-the-top, they are actually on to something.  Plate carrier workouts have many health benefits. Keep reading to discover advantages of doing a plate carrier workout as your next sweat session. Benefits of Plate Carrier Workouts 1. Pump Up Your Workout Intensity Training with plate carriers increases the intensity of your workout by adding fixed weight to your body. When you build up strength by doing a plate carrier workout, your body will become more accustomed to wearing the gear. To increase intensity, try doing push ups, pull...

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Body Armor Cleaning, Maintenance and Storage

Body armor, just like any other garment you wear on your body, is bound to get dirty. Proper cleaning and maintenance are essential if you want your body armor to last long. Let's face it — you don't want to be shopping for body armor every few months.    Each body armor piece has a special washing and drying method, but bulletproof vests are particularly delicate when it comes to cleaning. You can easily compromise the effectiveness of your vest with improper care. Below, we'll explore various tips for cleaning, maintaining and storing body armor. Cleaning may not be your favorite thing in the world, but you'll thank us later.  Materials Used to Make Body Armor Most bulletproof vests are made of PE (Polyethylene) or Kevlar fabrics. In some instances, carrier vests can...

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