- Body Armor | Ballistic Protection
BALLISTIC PROTECTION, BODY ARMOR & PLATE CARRIERS
It is paramount that our law enforcement and military personnel have the appropriate body protection when on duty and in the field. Different weapons, situations and threat levels determine the type of body armor that one wears. It is important to note that police and military body armor is used to protect and deter bodily injury. For example, bulletproof vests are not a 100% guarantee that the wearer will not get hurt by a projectile, ballistic vests are there as an extra barrier to entry.
Galls carries the best body armor selection from top brands including Point Blank, Second Chance, Elbeco, Condor and Galls to name a few that offer the newest technology along with the highest quality of products.
Different Types of Body Armor
Today there are two main types of body armor for sale: regular non-plated personal armor and hard-plate reinforced personal armor. Within these broad categories, there are different types of tactical armor that are worn.
- Ballistic Vests
- Stab Proof Vests
- Spike Proof Vests
Police vests are an example of ballistic vests. These police tactical vests can be concealable armor, tactical armor, armor carrier vests or even soft body armor. They help absorb the impact and reduce or stop penetration to the body from firearm-fired projectiles and shrapnel from explosions.
Stab Proof Vests
Stab proof vests are usually worn by police, paramedics and security staff who need protection from the possibility of stab attacks/knife fights. A stab vest is a reinforced piece of police body armor, worn under or over other items of clothing, which is designed to resist knife attacks to the chest, back and sides.
Spike Proof Vests
One may think that stab proof vests are the same as spike proof vests, but there is a major difference. A main difference between the vests is that the vests that a stab-proof armor vest uses Kevlar and chainmail and/or plastic laminate to create a tough surface that can stop the penetration of weapons.
Ballistic Body Armor Threat Levels
When you purchase armor, it is important for agencies to consider the threat levels their officers and personnel face every day. NIJ, National Institute of Justice, has created body armor performance standards. It is broken down into different body armor levels based upon degree of threat. We are proud to offer many different levels of NIJ compliant vests and body armor.
Here is a breakdown of the different threat levels you’ll need to consider when purchasing tactical body armor.
Level IIA – Tested to withstand 9mm and .40 S&W ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.
Level II – Tested to withstand 9mm and .357 Magnum ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.
Level IIIA – Tested to withstand .357 SIG and .44 Magnum ammunition fired from longer barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.
Level III – Tested to withstand 7.62mm (M80) lead core rifle ammunition.
Level IV – Tested to withstand .30 caliber Armor Piercing Rifle Round (M2 AP) ammunition.
Popular Tactical Body Armor
A law enforcement favorite is the Elbeco BodyShield External Vest Carrier. This police vest carrier incorporates fully integrated communication technology, including a smart on-body camera, and has a professional profile that allows the ballistic vest to be worn over police uniforms. This tactical vest carrier is also made from a Syntex polyester material that’s liquid and stain-resistant. The ample pocket compartments of this body armor vest offer dependable storage for tactical gear and documents.
The Point Blank Spike 2 Vest is designed to protect corrections officers against spikes, shanks and other potentially lethal handmade weapons. This lightweight body armor vest meets NIJ 0115.00 standards and has trauma plate pockets to accommodate a variety of different sized body armor plates.
The Galls GL Body Armor Threat Level IIIA is a type of concealable armor that’s made from kevlar XP for comprehensive protective coverage and enhanced mobility. This kevlar vest features a six-point strapping system for a customized fit and optimum comfort. The extended shirttails in the front help hold the kevlar armor in place while the ballistic panels themselves are self-supported to prevent sagging.
Offering our law enforcement and military professionals the most trusted ballistic protection options including NIJ Compliant Ballistic Armor is a priority here at Galls. When looking for the best body armor for sale, we have what you need. Shop for full body armor including outer vests, plate carriers, tactical vests, riot suits, riot shields, ballistic shields, ballistic plates and much more.
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