a question regaring bullet proof vests

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by lowead, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. lowead

    lowead New Member

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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:

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    please let me know - thanks, adam
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     

  3. panzermk2

    panzermk2 New Member

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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.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nha-W8tFd8]YouTube - 44mag 240grSP Level II vest[/ame]

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

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0OXc9BJHRs]YouTube - 44mag 305gr +P into SAPI Plate[/ame]
     
  4. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    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