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Old 07-01-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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i need to know - does level IIIA in bullet proof vests, to be considered level IIIA does it have to have a balistic plate inserted in it?

ballistic plate i mean this:

[IMG]<a href="http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll88/aloweyballa/?action=view&current=HSAPI.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll88/aloweyballa/HSAPI.jpg" border="0" alt="ballistic plate"></a>[/IMG]

please let me know - thanks, adam



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Old 07-01-2009, 10:44 PM   #2
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Good question- and my answer is "pretty much, yes" Difference between III and IIIA is the jump from 357 Mag to 44 Mag- and to 9mm at subgun velocity. Problem is not resisting penetration, but rather what to do with all that energy that was driving the bullet? Cannot recall seeing a IIIA that did NOT have the trauma plate to spread out the energy. Otherwise, vest stopped the bullet, but being hit in chest by sledgehammer stopped your heart.

And BTW- ain't NOTHING bulletPROOF. It is bullet resistant.



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This is a point blank Level II vest. Yes it stops the 44 mag bullet
This first one shows how frontal area can bring big bullets to a stop fast.


This second one shows a 308 rated SAPI plate. Yes it stopped the bullet but you would be hurting.

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hello,

i need to know - does level IIIA in bullet proof vests, to be considered level IIIA does it have to have a balistic plate inserted in it?

ballistic plate i mean this:

[IMG]<a href="http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll88/aloweyballa/?action=view&current=HSAPI.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll88/aloweyballa/HSAPI.jpg" border="0" alt="ballistic plate"></a>[/IMG]

please let me know - thanks, adam
A friend of mine is mentioned in the foreword of this, and if you have any specific questions which you can't find the answers for elsewhere, I can ask him. He literally "wrote the book" on ballistic protective gear.

http://www.body-armor.com/pdfs/NIJGuide100-01.pdf
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