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DO I REALLY NEED BODY ARMOR?
For anybody that wears soft body armor it has come across their mind at some point in time how exactly does the body armor work and how reliable is it. Technology has changed since the first body armor was produced before WWII. Nowadays, body armor is a proven tool to saving the lives of police officers, military, and anybody else that wears body armor. It is extremely important to know there is no such thing as bullet proof and there are always circumstances in which a soft armor vests may not provide 100% protection 100% of the time. However, the statistics strongly favor the use of body armor and studies clearly indicate the lifesaving properties of wearing your armor every day. This is the number one reason why we strongly encourage any purchaser of body armor to ensure there armor is new and certified to the NIJ standards discussed here.
IS IT LEGAL TO PURCHASE BODY ARMOR?
Yes it is legal almost everywhere in the United States for a U.S. Citizen to Own and/or Possess Body Armor as long as certain conditions are met. However, we strongly encourage customers check with their local law enforcement agency regarding state laws and regulations relating to the purchase and/or possession of body armor. It is against the law in all states for convicted felons to purchase and/or possess body armor and anyone caught using body armor while committing criminal activities will receive additional charges related to the use of such protective equipment during their crimes. We refuse to sell to non-law abiding citizens and will work closely with law enforcement and federal agencies to stop the sale and transfer of such equipment to anyone who falls in this category. For additional information on the purchase and ownership of Body Armor please contact your local police station and speak with anyone who has the legal authority to advise on the status of current state and federal laws. CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS: Connecticut is one state that prohibits the online sale or out of state transfer into Connecticut for residents. If you wish to purchase body armor please see your local retailer.
HOW DO I PROPERLY SIZE MY BODY ARMOR?
A normal soft armor vest is designed to protect just the person’s vital organs from attack, not actually their complete torso. As such, a soft armor vest would normally hang to around your navel area. Another reason for this vest design is for comfort and mobility. Body armor is available in a full range of sizes. Please visit our resource section for a measurement worksheet and video.
Front Panel: Normally a front ballistic panel should be two (2) and one-half inches (2 ½”) off the top edge of the gun belt when standing and be no higher than the second button on your uniform shirt. The space between the bottom edge of the front armor panel and the top edge of the gun belt is required so that when the officer sits down this space will close and the vest panel will rest on the edge of the gun belt without riding up into the throat.
Rear Panel: When standing relaxed with your arms at your side, the back ballistic panel should rest one-quarter to three-quarters of an inch (1/4” – ¾”) off the top edge of the gun belt and should be no higher than 4 inches down from the collar seam. Having the space between your gun belt and the bottom of the back panel prevents the vest from riding up when going from a sitting to a standing position.
Side Panel: While you may want the front and back panels to overlap on the sides it is important to realize this can make a vest much more uncomfortable by creating more bulk. In addition, the front and back panels will be rubbing against each other, causing premature wear to the panel covers. The most comfortable option is to have your vest fitted with a small gap between the front and back panels.