Bulletproof vests which are also known as ballistic vests, body armor, and go by many other names are body warn armour solutions designed to protect the wearer from bullets and other types of projectiles.
These projectiles are generally designed to cause injury or death, and Bulletproof Vests have been refined since conception to provide updated protecion against man made projectiles generally fired from guns but can also be effective against silent crossbow like weapons and shrapnel.
Often made from strong, lightweight materials which can absorb and disperse kinetic energy of bullets, reducing their velocity and impact force.
Depending on design specicification and intended purpose there are many different types of bulletproof vests. Varying levels of protection can be acheived through the combination of advanced generally man made materials Modern bulletproof vests are generally soft body armor and hard body armor combined, to combat modern high velocity weapons. Softer body armour intended solely for small arms fire is also specced.
The soft element of body armor is typically made from multiple layers of strong, flexible materials such as Kevlar, Dyneema, or Twaron. These advanved materials are ideally designed to absorb and spread the impact of a bullet, reducing the likelihood of serious injury or death.
The advantage of soft body armor is that its generally lightweight and comfortable to wear. This type of armour is used by law enforcement officers, military personnel, and other individuals who need protection from small arms fire.
Hard body armour, on the other hand, is increasingly being specced as standard equipment in modern militaries and law enforcement agencies. Being made of of rigid materials such as ceramic, steel, or titanium. It is usual to achieve full torso protection and plates are also used within soft shell armour to increase protection to vital areas.
Hard advanced materials either used alone or in combination with advanced materials like Kevlar provide significant protection against high-velocity bullets and armor-piercing rounds. Hard body armor can be heavier and certainly less flexible than soft body armor, therfore it is typically worn by soldiers and other individuals who are at high risk of encountering heavy gunfire.
We should state that while bulletproof vests can obviously greatly reduce the risk of injury from projectiles like bullets, they are not 100% effective, and no current mass produced body armour will be ideal in all situations. However well designed no bulletproof vests or body armour system can offer complete protection against all types of bullets and other dangers. The most advanced bulletproof vests available on the market today, whilst offering excellent protection, have their limits.
It is vitally important that you ensure any vest or body armour product fits properly, and is stored and maintained according to manufacturers guidelines in order to provide optimal protection and longevity.