Why Your Body Armor May Not Be Enough

Why Your Body Armor May Not Be Enough


There are so many things that people can do to prepare themselves for TEOTWAWKI, including learning new skills like leadership, construction, agriculture or first aid, to gathering supplies for any number of situations. An often overlooked area is personal security, which is often limited to the acquisition of guns, ammunition, and some strong walls to hide behind. However, body armor is something that any prepper should consider, and there have already been several good explanations as to exactly why. However, just like any other aspect of surviving, there is always more you can do and more you can learn. This is certainly true of body armor, and there are some things that all preppers should consider now, before society collapses around us.

Firstly, while many are hopefully realising that body armor is a worthwhile investment, all preppers should consider having multiple vests for some very good reasons. Imagine, for whatever reason, civilization has dismantled and the world has reverted to a chaotic wasteland. Your preparation sets you well above most, and you survive comfortably for a long time. However, however plentiful your stocks are, and no matter how well you have developed your food production, you will likely not be the same person you are now. Even the fittest and healthiest of us would lose some weight and change shape in this situation, and this is something you need to consider. Any protective vest cannot protect you fully if it does not fit properly, and depending on how much your body changes, the vest you wear today may not fit you a year down the line, even if the world doesn’t end. It is possible, therefore, that you have multiple vests in several different sizes.

There are several other good reasons to consider having multiple vests- many recommend, particularly to those who wear the vest regularly that you own multiple vests if only to ensure you always have a clean one. Like any clothing, you cannot wear a Kevlar vest for example while it is being cleaned, and having multiple vests ensures you remain protected. Similarly, it has been recommended that you own a bullet or stab resistant vest for everyday wear, not only because you cannot know when the world will end, but also because there are plenty of threats you should be protected against already.

If we return again to the picture of the world after society ends, we will see you living comfortably thanks to your foresight. You have heeded the advice and even bought a protective vest, which you wear regularly. This turns out to be an excellent decision, because after some time those who did not have the foresight to prepare come to your door looking to take what you have. Again, your preparation and knowledge keeps them at bay, but not before a stray bullet hits you square in the chest. The body armor keeps you safe, and you barely register the hit. This is a worst case scenario, and its likelihood is the subject of much debate. One thing remains true though; once your vest takes a bullet, it is no longer fully protective, and you need another one. Just like everything else however, bullet proof vests are no longer as available as they were, and you now no longer have protection. This is why owning multiple vests is so important, as once the SHTF, you will struggle to find bullet proof vests just as you will struggle to find many other commodities.

Of course, one of the benefits of having multiple protective items is the versatility and adaptability it offers you. For example, you can have a covert vest for everyday wear, and a thicker vest for those cold nuclear winters. Similarly, if the situation arose where you found yourself travelling through particularly hostile environments, you may need additional protection. Having a tactical vest on hand, or even a ballistic helmet, would offer you the security necessary to do whatever needs to be done, all while staying comfortable and confident.

Having multiple bullet proof vests, stab resistant vests, and even helmets is nowhere near as important as making sure you have some protection. The above situations and suggestions are by no means vital, and many may feel they are not necessary. However, preparation only has subjective limits, and for some there is no end to protection. After all, the more you do to prepare, the better you will fare. Therefore, if you have the means and the motivation, then having multiple protective options should definitely be considered.

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Survivors Guide to Body Armor by SafeGuardArmor

A Survivors Guide to Body Armor


Survival is a matter of preparation, and those that put the most effort into preparing for the end of the world will survive the longest. However, many survivalists do not consider body armor when preparing, for any number of reasons. This could spell disaster, and could potentially undo all of your preparation. Protective clothing is lighter, cheaper and more protective than ever, and so is an extremely useful addition to your equipment.

Body armor is a necessity for anyone who faces the threat of attack; even before the world devolves (further) into madness and violence, a bullet or stab proof vest can save your life. Of course, the end of the world will dramatically increase your chances of being attacked, and body armor becomes vital. Indeed, being prepared for survival will make you a target for those who did not have the foresight to prepare, and you need to be protected.


Bullet Proof Vests

Body armor can refer to a number of products, including bullet proof vests, stab proof vests, and even spike proof vests. These are also available in numerous different levels of protection, and in different styles of wear, and so understanding exactly what protection you need is vital. Firearms are regularly touted as an important piece of equipment for survivalists. Any potential attackers will likely realise their benefit too, and so it is important that you have protection that can protect against bullets.

Handguns are seen as the most useful firearms, because of their relative ease of use and size. They are also relatively accessible, and so it is likely that any firearms used by attackers will be handguns. It is therefore necessary to ensure that your bullet proof vest can protect against handgun ammunition. Ballistic protection is tested and graded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and a vest at Level IIIa is capable of stopping the vast majority of handgun ammunition, including .44 Magnums and 9mms fired at high velocities.

On the other hand, there may be instances where higher caliber weapons are used; where they are available people will naturally make use of them because of their perceived power. High caliber ammunition cannot be stopped by lower levels of protection, and only a Level III or IV vest can stop ammunition used in rifles and automatics. These higher levels of protection require rigid plates of Ceramic or Polyethylene, which are heavier and bulkier than their ‘soft’ counterparts. However, they are still thin and light enough to be worn comfortably in even covert armor.

Covert and Overt Armor

Armor is available in both covert and overt styles, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Deciding on which style is best for you depends on the preparation you have done and the situations you find yourself in. For example, an overt vest is worn over clothing, displaying your protection. In situations where you find yourself at risk, visible armor may help deter potential attackers and signal your preparedness. Of course, this may have the opposite effect and invite attackers who see you as a valuable target. In this case, a covert vest would be a better choice as it can be worn comfortably under clothes, even at high levels of protection.

No-one knows how, where, and when the world will end, but being prepared means having your equipment to hand at all times. Survivalists know the importance of having a bug-out bag, as it allows you to have all the equipment you will need at hand for when the SHTF. A covert vest allows you to wear your protection at all times, and even if the worst never happens, it will provide you with protection against all manner of attacks.


Stab and Spike Protection

While bullet proof vests can protect you against various types of ammunition and even blunt trauma and impacts from things like car crashes, they cannot protect you against edged and spiked weapons.  The soft materials used in bullet resistant vests can absorb energy and dissipate it across the fabric, but edged weapons will simply cut through the protective fibers. Similarly, edged weapons will only pass in between these fibers, and so it may be that you will need additional protection.

Bullet resistant vests can be equipped with stab and spike protection with the addition of chainmail or laminate, which create tough surfaces to stop edged and spiked weapons respectively. This will increase the weight and bulk of a vest, but is still light and thin enough to be worn covertly. In situations where close quarters combat or an ambush is likely, protection from weapons like knives and needles is essential.

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