Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What is your Tactical Body Armor Made of?

What is present in your tactical body armor making it effective in resisting bullets and other weapons?

During the early times, body armors are made up of animal skins, leathers and woods and hardened metals. At that time they were effective in giving protection from common threats. But at the advent of gunpowder and the introduction of various firearms and ammunitions, these body armors were rendered useless and ineffective in giving protection. There were various advances made to the body armor in order to meet the protection need from these firearms but there is actually no body armor that is effective for this purpose. It was only in 1965, when DuPont Company discovered the Kevlar fabric that opened the door to bulletproof vests that are effective in stopping handgun and rifle bullets.

The discovery of Kevlar started the use of soft body armor. New and stronger fibers were later on introduced by different manufacturers after the success of Kevlar. Today, body armors are now made of lightweight materials that provide more comfort and flexibility. They are also now available in varied models, styles, weights and types. You can choose from a concealable body armor and tactical body armor depending on your need.  

The different materials that make your tactical body armor are the following: Kevlar, Dyneema, Twaron, Spectra Fiber and Aramid. They are effective in giving protection and safety because they possess the following characteristic: excellent thermal properties and flame resistant that have the ability to protect you from a range of thermal hazards such as heat and fire; excellent dimensional stability that makes the tactical body armor durable and strong and can withstand various changes and deterioration; high cut resistance which can block puncture and stab wounds; high chemical resistance which can protect you from chemical and biological hazards. Moreover, these materials are also lightweight and comfortable, providing you mobility and flexibility when wearing your tactical body armor. 

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