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How to Choose the Right Body Armor for Your Needs

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It is human nature to be concerned for your own safety, so it is logical to be interested in protecting yourself. Modern composite body armor can allow you to resist bullets while moving around comfortably. Continue on to find out how to choose the right body armor for your needs.

Level of Protection

Different levels of body armor will protect you from different threats. Soft armor consists of levels I, IIA, II, and IIIA, and can protect you from bullets. Level III protection is designed to stop rifle rounds, while Level IV can provide protection from rounds that pierce other types of armor. Higher levels are made of thicker and stiffer materials, thus they will protect you from heavier artillery. It is important to realize that these types of body armor can protect you from suffering mortal wounds, but the force of the bullet will still impact your body.

Comfort and Maneuverability

Although they provide greater protection, higher levels of body armor tend to be bulkier. This can make it difficult to move around comfortably and easily, which may put you in a compromising situation. It helps to try out your body armor before entering combat to ensure that you can maneuver to a comfortable degree. Heavier body armor may also be hot and uncomfortable, which may potentially distract you from the task at hand. It is wise to choose armor that offers just enough protection for the job.

Consider the Task

Choose your composite body armor based on the task at hand. If you are concerned with protecting yourself from a handgun, you might enjoy the flexibility that Level II armor offers. Heavier armor may be appropriate if you are going to be stationary, while lighter armor allows you to be more nimble.

If you are unsure of what type of body armor you need for your task, call The Target Man at (520) 789-0875. We offer shooting targets, plate carriers, and composite body armor. For more information about our services, feel free to call us or visit our website to find out what we can do for you.


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