People who are interested in the market of body armor may find it confusing to choose the right equipment which is affordable yet durable. There is a lot of information to analyse the material of such body armors and it takes quite a lot of research before knowing the right product which fits your requirements. Therefore, it is always recommended to use some guidance and research beforehand so you don’t have to regret buying your products.
There are several factors which need to be taken into account such as weight, threat level and cost.
The threat level is a bit complex. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) issues a certification program which gives an idea to the buyer what they should expect from their armor. This institution categorises threat levels into various parts ranging from 2 and 4. These threat levels differ from each other in terms of higher ballistic threat resistance.
Level 3 ceramic plates is where we enter the world of rifle plates. These are also called hard inserts. They are majorly manufactured to stop six spaced hits of 7.62X51MM NATO (full metal jacket) travelling at around 2,750 feet per second. This is approximately equivalent to the common. It should also be noticed that a plate rated to resist a particular threat may not stop a bullet that is smaller caliber. There is a higher possibility that a bullet traveling at a slower speed might penetrate an armor type while the same bullet at a high speed may not penetrate it.
7.62X51MM NATO used in testing Level 3 armor is usually thought of as bigger than 5.56MM round fired by AR 15’s and other rifles. Bullet velocity is also an important factor to consider as it has its own share of vulnerabilities.
On the other hand, having a lightweight armor can be a blessing. During emergency situations, you can easily take it off or wear it whenever you like. For times like these, quad release plate carrier is the perfect fit for you. Quad Release Plate Carrier is a compact carrier made to provide high and efficient level of armor protection without disturbing the operator’s body movement.
Most of these Quad Release Carrier have quick release clips on shoulders and sides for easy access and movement coupled with quick removal when required.
Last but not the least, swimmer cut plates are specially designed for rapid arm and shoulders movement for highly active operators and disaster relief teams. However, these types of plates provide less coverage than other plates.
This carrier can hold up to 10 x 12 swimmer cut plates and some of them have low kangaroo pouches to hold other essentials.
While researching for the right armor, one is always careful about cost and weight. If you are willing to use the armor or plate for a short period of time, there is no point in buying expensive lightweight armors.
All in all, it is advisable to establish your requirements and preferences before you go for armor shopping.