Body armor has certainly come a long way from the ancient Greek warriors who wore them for protection during war. Today, body armor now comes in an assortment of modern defensive gear able to protect against even the most potent handgun fire. These modern protective gears are designed to stop not only bullets, but knives and other sharp objects as well. There are two main types of body armor currently being used by law enforcement and private security firms: body armor vest and bulletproof vest. Below, we’ll take a look at these two products as well as how they compare to one another.
To start off, both of these vests provide some similar levels of protection. Bulletproof vests are able to stop handgun fire and, in fact, hold their own against much more powerful weapons such as rifles. However, their lack of flexibility makes bulletproof vests less than bulletproof. With the introduction of bulletproof vest technology, though, this type of protection has certainly come a long ways.
One major difference between these two protection options is the way the bulletproof vest is constructed. Whereas the plate carrier vest is essentially a large belt that can be worn over one’s entire midsection, the bulletproof vest is a thin piece of plate that goes around the user’s waist. Because the plate carrier protects the user from all sides, it provides better coverage than a single layer of clothing. While body armor is now able to be worn in more conventional ways, plate carriers are still the best option available for anyone looking for the most protection.