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Different Kinds of Body Armor

Since the middle ages, body armor has been used to protect the wearer from any harm, coming from different kinds of weapons. Soldiers would not ride into battle without body armor, since this provided them with the best chances of getting back home, alive. Today, body armor is still being used to protect soldiers, police, and private individuals from any risk of getting shot, and stabbed. There are several kinds of body armor available, and here are some of the most popular.

Steel Plate Body Armor

These have a history going back into the middle ages. For many centuries, metal was the only option when it came to creating this armor. The metal is tempered so that it can offer protection against most high-velocity, and armor-piercing rounds. They are durable, strong, and widely available, making them the most common type of armor that has been used for many decades. However, steel plate body armor is heavy, and it can impede movement and agility. If you are part of a security detail, you need armor that will allow you to move at great speed, with ease.

Ceramic Hard Armor Plates

For centuries, ceramic has been used to make products that are strong, and durable. It has been incorporated into body armor, to provide protection that is not as heavy as the steel plate body armor. The fact that this armor is far lighter than the steel version, does not compromise its ability to stop bullets. This armor is now used by police, military and security details, to allow comfortable and effortless movement when needed.

Polyethelene Hard Armor Plates

Polyethylene plates are the lightest category of body armor that you can find. They weight at least 2 pounds less than the steel or ceramic versions. Polyethylene plates are quite rare and are only sold by some of the larger armor companies such as SafeGuard Armor who incorporate the plates into their branded carrier systems. This material has a ballistic level of III to IV, and protects against high-velocity, and armor-piercing rounds. The armor can also stop grenade shrapnel, but if you want better protection, without compromising your movement, you should opt for the ceramic version. The polyethelene version is suitable for someone who has to wear the armor for extended periods.

Although metal plates have dominated the hard armor industry for centuries, changes in the development of materials have almost replaced the metal variety. Ceramic and polyethelene are increasingly being used as people prefer the combination of stopping power, and their light weight. Even metals such as titanium offer challenges when it comes to weight. You can get full body armor, or add-ons made of these materials, to provide added protection to vital organs. Ideally, you should look for armor that is rated at level IV, if you want to ensure better protection. The choice of whether it is steel, ceramic, or polyethelene, should consider this feature. Look for leading suppliers of body armor, and see what kinds of materials they offer for both full armor, and add-ons, before making your decision on which brand to buy. Read independent online reviews, and forums, and see what other people are saying about the armor plates available, then make an informed decision.


Posted March 22, 2013. Guest article by SafeGuard Armor.


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