We all have seen police, the military persons, or some public people with protective vests and even wonder what they are or made of. Bulletproof vests are high fiber vest made of several layers of woven material, Kevlar is the widely used material. The layers are then put together and designed to a vest.
Bulletproof vest protects one from a bullet or sharp materials and metallic materials thrown towards the wearer. Bulletproof vests are of various types which include canine, NIJ Level IIIA, floating vest, and others.
Out of all these types of bulletproof vests, NIJ Level III ceramic and polyethylene plates are most preferred by the military and police due to their additional high-level protection. The vests are easy to hide and wear which makes them popular to journalists and undercover agents while conducting an undercover investigation. Ballistic vest is suitable while you are at or working in hostile areas and for covert operation.
NIJ has a specification and standards of a bulletproof vest. Some of them include; covert body bulletproof vest, conflict bulletproof vest which both falls under the NIJ level IIIA. In a situation that is serious and the risk of bodily harm is high the wearer should consider NIJ level IV plates for maximum protection.
You may be wondering how soft layers can stop a bullet. well, the explanation is simple. when a sharp metal or a bullet hits the vest, the impact produced spread through the many layers of fiber hence slowing the piercing rate and stopping it at the end.
There are vital advantages of wearing a bulletproof vest which include; offering high security and protection, shields wearers live from shrapnel and bullets, its flexibility enables the success of the undercover operation and journalist missions, and lowers the risk of working in a hostile environment.