Hard armor is a generic term for any protective device, including plates, spikes, bullet vests, energy shields, flaps, or any other kind of protective gear. Though used mostly in exercises and law enforcement, some are suitable for use in everyday life. Some of these include body armors, shields, and body armor inserts. Body armors (or plate carriers as they are more commonly known) provide the basic level of protection for personnel to withstand some level of impact or physical trauma. They are often found on body armor inserts, such as Spectraform’s Body Armor, which is an insert that wraps around the user’s torso, and are usually used in extreme close quarter combat situations.
Plate carriers are another example of hard armor. These are either the hard armor equivalent of body armors, such as the Spectraform’s Body Armor, or hard plates used in tanking. Tanking plates are designed to absorb large amounts of punishment in one blow from a projectile, usually something with a large caliber. They can also stop bullets fired by submachine guns, handheld weapons, or other close ranged weapons. These are often combined with protective shield inserts, such as those found on Spectraform Body Armor.
Bulletproof vests, often called plate carriers, are a little different. These vests are actually capable of stopping a bullet. There are several variations on this theme such as hard vests capable of stopping handguns, gas vests capable of stopping hand grenades, or plate carriers capable of stopping high-powered rifles and handguns. There are even bulletproof vests that are able to stop high-powered rifles and handguns. These are referred to as bulletproof vestments. These have higher levels of protection than standard vests, though not as much as a standard vest that stops handgun fire. About body armor -> click here.