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Learn More About Ballistic Vests for Bodily Protection

Body armor can be a real lifesaver. Whether it's for work or personal use, getting the right body armor is crucial for your protection. Body vests can be found in new and used condition on eBay.

What are the different types of bullet-resistant armor?

Defensive ballistic vests are a common type of armor. Although they are intended to resist bullets, they are designed for certain uses. Vests rated at levels two to three are effective against common calibers, such as .44 and .357 Magnums. These types are classified as soft armor because they are made of Kevlar or similar fibers. The higher grades of levels three and four are used to protect against larger, high-velocity calibers. These are referred to as hard armor because they use stiff plates as inserts. Hard armor is generally used by law enforcement and the military.

How long is body armor good for?

Many pieces of armor have a five-year rating from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). This proposed lifespan can be lessened if the vest is frequently worn. It can also be affected by factors such as flexing, moisture, and damage. Vests also need to be cleaned regularly and stored in a horizontal position to maintain effectiveness. When shopping for a vest on eBay, it is important to inspect the item for wear and tear. It is crucial that you choose a comfortable ballistic vest that will fit your body properly. Check with the manufacturer for further lifespan information.

Can you use hard armor without the plate?

In plated models, the vest surrounding the plate does not offer any type of protection. These holders should not be confused with bulletproof vests made of Kevlar. Soft vests are specially designed for use without an insert. Hard armor vests require the use of plates made of the following materials:

  • Special ceramic tile
  • High molecular weight Polyethylene/
  • Steel
  • Titanium
  • Nanocomposite
What brands make body armor?

There are numerous brands on eBay that make bulletproof vests, body armor, and more. A few of these brands include:

  • Armor Express
  • Skarr Armor
  • Point Blank
  • PACA
  • NcSTAR
  • Second Chance
  • Safariland
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