Friday, October 14, 2011

Survival Gear - The Survival Vest - Part Two - Body Armor

Depending upon its rating, a “bulletproof” vest or in more correct terminology, body armor, will help to protect you from the risk of injury or death from a majority of ballistic threats that you may encounter. While normally not a requirement for everyday use, in a worst case scenario body armor may give you an additional safety factor. It is important to remember that there are many cases in which the amount of protection derived from using body armor may be limited due to various other factors. 

These factors may include, but are not limited to:

1. Rifle ammunition.

2. High velocity pistol ammunition.

3. Pistol ammunition fired from a rifle.

4. Armor piercing ammunition.

5. Objects with sharp edges or points.

6. Injuries due to ricochet or deflection.

7. Exposure of body parts not protected by the armor.

It is also important to remember that any unusual type of ammunition or other special situation can defeat body armor. There is also the distinct possibility that you will suffer some form of blunt trauma or internal injury as a result of being shot. Even with body armor, there is always a risk that you will suffer some type of serious injury or death if you are shot.

Body armor reduces the risk of injury or death. It does not make you invulnerable.

The concealable body armor in the above pictures is from Point Blank Armor and is Level 111A and is a type commonly used by many law enforcement and corrections officers.

The link below lists the threat protection for different levels of body armor:

Got body armor?

Staying above the water line!



millenniumfly said...

Any specific recommendations for the budget-conscious consumer?

riverwalker said...

To: milleniumfly

You can find them used (no bullet holes, lol)on E-Bay pretty cheap (ballistic inserts also). Usually they are older models like mine.

Our body armor was replaced by Point Blank's new Vision series of concealable body armor.

Body armor is NOT cheap if you purchase it new!



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