A body armor refers to protective clothing that has been designed to absorb/deflect slashing, and prevent penetration of threat weapons. Tactical body armor was originally known to be used by military forces, but nowadays, some have been designed to be used by private citizens, police, bodyguards, and rescue team. Body armors are either hard-plated or soft armors. Soft armors are usually worn inside.
There’re various types of body armors such as:
- Ballistic Armor. This is also known as the bulletproof vest and it provides resistance to bullets.
- Edged blade protection. It’s also called as a stab proof and offer protection against cutting weapons such as knives, axes, and swords.
- Spike proof vest. It provides protection against sharp objects like screwdrivers, needles, and ice picks which are capable of penetrating through small spaces.
- Multi-threat armor. This has been developed to resist more than one weapon attacks.
However, there’re many things that people don’t know about tactical body armor. Let’s look at some facts about body armors
(1). Body armor is not bulletproof but rather bullet resistant. This means that they can’t offer 100% protection and therefore, one needs to be cautious about their safety by acting responsibly. Keep in mind that if body armor is designed to resist a knife, a screwdriver can penetrate it.
(2). Soft body armors are more effective when it comes to stopping a bullet. This is because their fabrics are considered to be strong.
(3). All body armors require testing after some times. It may be after 5-10 years. This is done to ensure that they’ve not degraded.
(4). You should clean them using a sponge. Never iron them or toss them into the dryer or washer.
(5). Stay hydrated while wearing body armors because they are heavy and hot.
(6). It’s possible to be chocked out while wearing your body armor especially if you’re in a fight.