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4 Things to Consider About Backpack Armor

Every year ballistic-resistant body armor helps to protect against a significant number of handgun and rifle ammunition, with stab-resistant products available to help protect against knives and other sharp weapons. Over the last decade, sales of backpack armor have even increased by over 200 percent in the wake of mass shooting incidents across the United States.

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4 Things You Might Not Have Know About Bulletproof Vests

Level 3A Bulletproof Vests – The Lowdown

Although we stock many items including backpack armor and Condor plate carriers, level 3A bulletproof vests are one of our most popular items. Level 3A Bulletproof vests are items of personal armor that can help to absorb the impact of and stop penetration to the body from bullets and shrapnel. They are worn over the torso and made of layers upon layers of laminated fibers that offer protection between a person and a projectile.

There are many things that people don’t know about level 3A bulletproof vests, and below are four facts that might surprise you.

The Average Level 3A Bulletproof Vest Lifespan

Most body armor in the USA adheres to the standard NIJ (National Institute of Justice) five-year service rating. However, wearing a vest every day means that it can lose its ability to protect faster than those that are only worn for short periods. Vests should last for five years; however, over time they should be regularly checked for signs of damage such as creases, tears, burns, and odd smells.

Keep Your Level 3A Bulletproof Vest Dry

Some level 3A bulletproof vests can lose their ballistic performance if they get wet. This is because water acts as a lubricant, making vests more susceptible to bullet penetration. Therefore, it’s a bad idea to take a swim in your level 3A bulletproof vest, unless the model that you own has been treated with water-resistant materials for added safety.

How They Stop Bullets

Body armor is created using strong non-woven or woven fibers. Imagine the way a net will stop a tennis ball from escaping. This is similar to the way that a level 3A bulletproof vest can stop a projectile. The fibers slow down the bullet, causing it to turn and send all its energy through the hard panel. That being said, high velocity or hard tipped bullets can slice through the protective fibers and sometimes go straight through the vest.

Level 3A Bulletproof Vests Won’t Protect From Knives

Stab proof vests and level 3A bulletproof vests are two different products, designed with different fibers. The way that either product is designed and manufactured is specific to the types of impact and danger that they may face. Some companies manufacture multi-threat vests, but these can be very heavy and expensive. If you are facing knife crime or dangers involving bladed weapons, look for a stab proof vest as opposed to a level 3A bulletproof vest.

Body Armor Megastore offers fast shipping for all products, including our popular Condor plate carriers. To learn more about our products, just browse our site or give us a call!

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Proactive Protection: Bulletproof Backpack Armor Inserts for Children

If you’ve tuned into national news within the past couple of years, you are most likely aware of all the mass shooting situations that have happened in schools, nightclubs, movie theaters, and even offices. The Washington Post has found that since the Columbine massacre in 1999, at least 143 children, educators, and other people have been killed because of gun violence, and another 289 have been injured. While we hope nobody ever has to encounter such a dangerous situation, parents can never be too careful in protecting their children or themselves.

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3 Tips for Maintaining Your Tactical Gear

Purchasing tactical gear is an important investment that should be properly cared for at all times. Unless we’re talking about our AR500 steel plate, most tactical gear requires some form of routine maintenance. Whether it’s a regular cleaning or adhering to storage recommendations, there are certain steps you should take to protect your investment. Keeping up with the routine maintenance of your gear will help you ensure that your gear is in optimal condition in the event that an emergency arises. In fact, here are three simple tips to help you care for your Body Armor Megastore tactical gear.

Follow Manufacturer Guidelines

When cleaning, storing, or using your tactical gear, the first thing you want to do is review your manufacturer’s guidelines as they will provide the most clear-cut instructions on how to care for your gear properly. While all of our gear is made from high-grade military materials, they are still susceptible to damages if not properly cared for. All of our tactical gear features care instruction labels that outline how to clean and store your gear.

Minimize Overuse and UV Exposure

Overuse and extended periods of UV light exposure are two well-known causes of tactical gear degradation. Simple acts such as storing your gear in a car or garage, where sunlight directly hits, can cause the material in your gear to break down. Overusing your gear is another way to shorten its lifespan. For example, overuse of a tactical vest can cause things like the hook and loop webbing panels on it to weaken over time. Storing your tactical gear in a cool, shaded space can help you get the most out of your gear.

Routinely Clean Your Gear

Just as you might clean your firearms, your tactical gear should be cleaned regularly to extend its lifespan. No matter how often you use your gear, over time things like debris, dirt, and dust can build up on your gear causing an unpleasant smell. To help combat these issues, you should get into the habit of cleaning your gear after each use whether it be for work or training purposes.

Those interested in buying AR500 armor can call Body Armor Megastore today at 51-ARMOR-GUY.

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3 Common Misconceptions About Tactical Gear

The consumption of modern media allows millions of Americans to experience situations they may never actually come across in everyday life. While everything featured in popular culture is not a fantasy, television shows, movies, and video games do have the tendency to spread misinformation about combat situations, self-defense methods, and tactical gear. This misinformation creates misconceptions that can lead to people putting themselves in dangerous situations. Therefore, we’ve created this list of common misconceptions about tactical military gear to dispel myths and help you get a better understanding of how tactical gear actually works. Continue reading 3 Common Misconceptions About Tactical Gear

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Which Level of Body Armor is Right for Me?

Here at Body Armor Megastore, we are known as one of the leading places online to buy bulletproof vests and other types of tactical military gear. In this post, we want to keep you better informed on which level of body armor is right for you. The research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has created standards for the ballistic resistance of body armor. This is how we are able to grade our products. With these regulations set in place, it makes it simpler to choose which item is best for you. Right from the start, you’ll be aware of the minimum speed and ammunition size the product is anticipated to stop without the plate being pierced. At Body Armor Megastore, we carry three levels, with level 3 body armor being the strongest.     Continue reading Which Level of Body Armor is Right for Me?