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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 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.
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 vests can be concealable armor, tactical armor or armor carrier vests. 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 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 are stab proof, use 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 levels based upon degree of threat. We are proud to offer three different levels of NIJ compliant vests and body armor.
Here is a breakdown of the different threat levels that you need to consider when purchasing a body armor.
Level II – Tested to stop 9mm and .357 Magnum ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.
Level IIA – Tested to stop 9mm and .40 S&W ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.
Level IIIA – Tested to stop .357 SIG and .44 Magnum ammunition fired from longer barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.
Popular Ballistic 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.
The Point Blank Spike 2 Vest is designed to protect corrections officers against spikes, shanks and other potentially lethal handmade weapons. This spike proof vest meets NIJ 0115.00 standards, have trauma plate pockets to accommodate a variety of sized plates.
Offering our law enforcement and military professionals the most trusted ballistic protection options including NIJ Compliant Body Armor is a priority here at Galls. We carry 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. Whether you need tactical gear, body armor, outer vests, or plate carriers, we have a large selection for you to choose from.
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