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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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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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