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BulletProof V.I.P Vest

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BulletProof Vest - Body Armor + Anti Stab, V.I.P Style Protection Level III A, Anti Stab Protection level 2 (35 Joules)!

Brand New, First class, Top quality Lightweight vest for contractors who carry cash and payroll checks or EMT.

White lightweight body armor, Retail value = $790.00.

Especially designed for VIPs, Made by an official supplier for the ISRAELI ARMY. Adjustable with Velcro at 6 different points. For easy wear under any suit. Available in a variety of sizes.

Why take a chance on a cheaper version on auction sites, is your life worth taking that kind of chance or do you just want something that makes you feel good, get what the professional class and Israeli Army uses daily and proven to work and save your life.

 

Our unique fragmentation and bulletproof vests have been combat proven under the harshest conditions and provide utmost protection while allowing easy maneuvering and mobility.

40 years of experience working together with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have made us a leading maker of body armors.

Our R&D department specializes in developing and engineering body armor fragmentation and bullet resistant vests, to suit every mission and assignment.

All types of vests can be tailored to customer's requirements, to meet threat protection levels I up to IIIA per N.I.J. STD 0101.04 or V50 test, by using ballistic material such as Kevlar, Tuaron, Spectra or Daynama.

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Resistance Chart NIJ 0101.04 STD


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Body Armor / Bullet Proof Vest Sizing

Follow these steps to determine
the proper Body Armor / Bullet Proof Vest size needed

Chest Size - Body Armor / Bullet Proof Vest Sizing
CHEST SIZE:
Measure completely around the chest at nipple height with arms at sides. Make sure to keep the tape at an equal height around the chest.
SM 34-36
MD 38-40
LG 43-44
XL 46-48
XXL 50-52
XXXL 54-56
   
Waist Size
WAIST SIZE:
Measure completely around waist just above belt height. Stand normally and do not suck in your stomach 
or hold your breath.
28 to 46 inches • 48 to 50 inches • 52 to 54 inches
 
Torso Size
TORSO SIZE:
Measure from the second button on your shirt to above your belt in sitting position. Sit comfortably. Do not sit slouched or rigidly upright.

 

How to Choose and Use Body Armour


Ballistic Vests
Your ballistic vest may be the most important piece of gear you put on each day. After all, you never know when you could be looking down the barrel of a gun. Even the “routine” traffic stop can result in an armed confrontation. That’s why you always need ballistic protection with you that's concealable and comfortable.

Need more convincing? Then consider these statistics. Since 1973, ballistic vests have saved the lives of over 2,500 law enforcement and corrections personnel.1 Also, in 1994, the FBI published a study that concluded law enforcement officers who don’t wear ballistic vests are 14 times more likely to sustain a fatal injury from a firearm than those who do. 2

The need for ballistic protection isn’t limited to law, security and corrections personnel either. If you're a first responder, an EMT, a paramedic or a member of the fire rescue team, you should consider wearing a ballistic vest too. Several surveys and studies have shown a surprising number of EMS personnel have been assaulted including being shot while doing their jobs. As a result, many emergency medical personnel believe ballistic vests should be a part of their everyday uniform.

So, how do you choose the right ballistic vest? With so many types, it can be hard to decide. Many look alike and provide the same or similar protection. That’s where this course can help.

The first two lessons give you a perspective on the type of protection we’re talking about. You’ll read a brief history about how far body armor has come, followed by a peek into the “mystery” of how a ballistic vests works. A greater understanding of the science behind your vest may bolster your confidence in using it. And with technology and designs constantly improving, it’s becoming more and more comfortable to wear this life-saving garment.

The following lessons provide the practical side of choosing and using your ballistic vests. You’ll see how to choose the right protection and get a vest that’s comfortable enough for you to wear every day. Finally, we offer some guidelines about the care and need for replacing your ballistic vest.

1 International Association of Chief’s of Police/DuPont Kevlar Survivors’ Club®

2 FBI Uniform Crime Reports: Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 1994

 

Modern Ballistic Vests
Concealable ballistic vests arose in the late 1960’s. The catalyst for this new body armor occurred when statistics showed a dramatic rise in the number of law enforcement officials killed. From 1966 to 1971, the number of officers killed each year had doubled. And most of these fatalities were a result of handguns.

As a result, the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, now called the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), was formed to identify a fabric that could be used to develop ballistic vests for everyday police use.

The material they found was a revolutionary fabric called Kevlar® 29 by DuPont. Originally developed for tires, Kevlar® 29 was extremely lightweight yet five times stronger than steel! From 1971 to 1976, with the cooperation of several public and private organizations, the NIJ developed and thoroughly tested a vest made of Kevlar® 29. It proved effective against the common handgun threat of that time.

In the nearly 30 years since then there have been many advances in the materials used for concealable ballistic vests. They have been designed to provide greater protection against more powerful weapons and/or to be lighter in weight so they are more comfortable to wear.

 

How Soft Ballistic Vests Work

A ballistic panel is constructed of several layers of high-strength “webbing.” The strength comes from the use of innovative fibers that are either tightly woven together or affixed on top of each other at 90-degree angles to form a “web” design.

This doesn’t necessarily prevent all injuries though. The design that allows the panel to stop the bullet also makes the panel flexible. As a result, when the bullet strikes it bends the panel inward towards the body and may cause injuries known as blunt trauma or backface defamation. For more information on these blunt trauma injuries and further protection against them, see the section, More Safety Considerations.
 


So, what are these high-tech fabrics? Today, you can find a number of fabrics used in ballistic panels. Many of the panels make use of several fabrics together. All of the materials have relatively high strength-to-weight ratios so that it can stop bullets and still keep the weight of the ballistic vest to a minimum so it is comfortable enough to wear.

Some of the high-tech materials you’ll encounter in shopping for ballistic vests are newer generations of Kevlar® by DuPont, Spectra® and GoldFlex® both by Allied Signal and Twaron® by Twaron Products. One of the newest and lightest materials to enter the market is Zylon® by Toyobo. For details on these materials, see the manufacturers’ websites.

 

Keep in mind though it’s not necessary to remember and understand the particular design and material used in each ballistic panel when shopping for your ballistic vest. The important thing to shop for is the performance and comfort of the ballistic vest.

 

Choosing the Level of Ballistic Protection

In purchasing a ballistic vest the primary concern, of course, must be the protection it provides. To identify the vest you need you must first assess your threat level and then identify the corresponding NIJ threat level.

Note: It’s common lingo to hear a ballistic vest called a “bulletproof” vest. However, since no vest is completely bulletproof, using this term may give a false sense of security. That’s why you should use the more accurate term, ballistic-resistant vest. For easier reading, this course uses a shorter version of this phrase, ballistic vest.


Assessing the Threat Level
The first step in choosing the proper protection is to assess what threat level you will most likely face. At the very minimum, you need to protect against the threat you carry. As the following statistics show, this advice should not be taken lightly. From 1980 to 1999, 163 law enforcement officers were slain with their own gun.3

In addition to your own gun, you need to consider the most common guns and ammunition used in crimes in your area. Keep in mind that the higher level of protection you choose often comes with of a higher price tag and sometimes less comfort.

For first responders that don’t carry a gun, you might consult your local law enforcement agencies for help in determining the most common threat in your area.

3FBI Uniform Crime Reports: Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 1994-1999 (Annual Reports)


NIJ Threat Levels
After assessing your weapon and ammunition threat, you need to choose a ballistic vest model that is NIJ certified. NIJ certification is the benchmark in the industry for ballistic vest protection levels. Always make sure the vest you have is NIJ certified. This means it has gone through rigorous testing. As proof of the importance of this rule, consider the fact that as of this time: “No documented fatality has ever resulted from a round of ammunition penetrating ballistic vests that NIJ had approved as protection against that level of threat.” 4 You can be confident that all of the vests LEGear sells are NIJ certified.

To say two ballistic vests are NIJ certified, however, doesn’t necessarily mean they provide the same level of protection. The NIJ certifies concealable ballistic vests for four different threat levels. (Higher NIJ levels are for non-concealable ballistic vests that also protects against rifles and greater dangers than handguns.)

But, before you identify an appropriate level you need to be aware of a recent change in NIJ testing standards.

In response to new weapons and armor innovations as well as to incorporate better testing methods, the NIJ has changed the standards they use to test ballistic vests over the years. The last change was made in October, 2000. Because this change is so recent, you may find in the market place some vests that have been tested against the new standard, NIJ–Standard 0101.04, and other vests that were tested against the previous standard, NIJ–Standard 0101.03, but haven't been tested or passed NIJ–Standard 0101.04.

In addition to testing against new threats, the new standard incorporated several testing changes. One of these changes calls for an extra test for blunt trauma measurement. (For more on blunt trauma, see the next section More Safety Considerations). Another significant change requires all ballistic vests to be tested when they are completely wet. The reason for this change is that certain ballistic materials lose some of their ballistic protectiveness when wet. This is an important consideration since your vest could become wet from perspiration or rainy weather.

Despite these important testing changes, you still shouldn’t automatically rule out a vest that has passed the NIJ–Standard 0101.03, but not NIJ–Standard 0101.04. This vest wasn’t suddenly found to be flawed or to be necessarily inferior to a vest that has passed NIJ–Standard 0101.04. You can still rely on a NIJ–Standard 0101.03 compliant vest to give you the protection against weapon threat levels that they were originally tested against. As a result, if such a vest meets your protection requirements, it would be perfectly acceptable to purchase.

4 The National Institute of Justice’s National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, Selection and Application Guide to Personal Body Armor, p. 49, November 2001.

Important Note: NIJ standards test ballistic vests without the use of trauma packs. To learn about trauma packs, see the next section, More Safety Considerations.

After deciding on the standard that meets your needs, your next step is to choose the specific level of protection for your assessed threat level.

• Level I offers the most basic protection. It’s the same ballistic vest issued during the NIJ demonstration project of the 1970s.
• Level II-A offers greater protection, from lower velocity 9mm and 40 S&W ammunition.
• Level II offers even greater protection like higher velocity .357 Magnum and 9mm ammunition.
• Level III-A is the highest protection available for concealable, ballistic vests. Level III-A protects against most handguns and all the weapons from the previous three levels.


All of the ballistic vests Drywall Zone, inc offers meets levels IIIA
and tested to the latest NIJ Standard NIJ 0101.04


For details on these threat levels according to NIJ Standard-0101.04, see publication, “NIJ Standard–0101.04, Ballistic Resistance of Personal Body Armor, Revision A.”
This publication even explains how the NIJ tests ballistic vests. For details on the NIJ Standard-0101.03, see “NIJ Standard 0101.03, Ballistic Resistance of Police Body Armor.”

An easier way to identify the appropriate threat level is with the Threat Level Selection and Application Guide. It lists various weapons and ammunition you may face and their corresponding NIJ threat level, II-A, II or III-A.
(Please note: while this chart is considered to be accurate, it’s a good idea to double check with your firearms specialist to make sure you choose the correct level of armor.)

Another Important Note: Don’t assume a ballistic vest provides protection against knives and other sharp instruments. Just because a vest can stop a bullet, it doesn’t mean it can stop a knife. If you need a vest that can protect you against stab threats, make sure it is NIJ certified for that threat. The NIJ has established separate protection levels specifically for stab threats.

 

More Safety Considerations

Trauma Packs
While the ballistic panel may stop the bullet, it doesn’t necessarily prevent serious injury. While NIJ Standard–0101.04 allows no more than .44mm blunt trauma indentation, the force of the bullet against a flexible ballistic vest can still inflict bruises, broken ribs and other life-threatening injuries. Trauma packs can help protect against such injuries.


Blunt Trauma :

 


A ballistic vest is designed with ballistic panels that insert into a carrier. The carrier often has additional pockets to insert trauma packs for extra protection against blunt trauma. The pockets are usually located to cover your most vulnerable areas like the sternum.

Trauma packs are available in soft or hard styles. Soft plates are constructed of the same materials as ballistic panels, giving you extra protection against blunt trauma with minimal extra weight. Hard plates are manufactured using metal, ceramic or rigid plastic. These materials give you more blunt trauma protection, but add more weight than soft plates.



Coverage
Another important element in getting the protection you need is making sure you are covered.

The ballistic vest that offers the most complete coverage is called extended coverage. It covers your front, back and sides. Contour style provides a more basic coverage. It protects your front and back but not your sides.

Proper fit is also critical to getting the coverage you need. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for sizing. A vest that’s too small may not leave you properly protected. If you’re tall, you’ll be glad to know that some ballistic vest styles come in long versions as well. For details on getting the correct size see the next lesson on comfort.

 

Comfort
The protection your ballistic vest provides always needs to be balanced against how comfortable the vest is. If it isn’t comfortable, you may not wear it. And no ballistic vest can protect you if it isn’t worn.

Your vest should be comfortable enough to allow you to perform your normal law enforcement duties, give you the maneuverability to quickly respond to any situation and allow you to withstand heat stress. Four factors to consider in getting a comfortable vest are weight, cooling liners and t-shirts, carrier features and getting the correct size.

Weight
The biggest factor in the comfort of a ballistic vest is its weight. It can affect everything from how easily and quickly you move to how much heat stress you have to endure.

While overall ballistic vests today are much lighter than the versions of 30 years ago, across models they do differ considerably in weight. The most accurate way to compare a vest’s weight is through a measurement called Areal Density. It gives the weight in pounds per square foot allowing you to compare armor of different sizes. For instance, if a medium vest from one vendor is a slightly different size than another vendor, you can use the Areal Density to tell which is actually lighter. Because of the help this measurement provides in comparing different models, Galls gives you the Areal Density in the all of our ballistic vest descriptions.

As you might expect, a lighter vest generally comes at a greater price. Just like in choosing protection, you need to balance the comfort level you want with what your budget will allow. A ballistic vest that weighs less generally costs more for the same level of protection.


Cooling Liners and T-Shirts
Although a lighter weight vest can do a lot to reduce heat stress, it may not be enough. For instance, if you work in a warm geographic climate, you might also purchase a ballistic vest with a carrier that includes material specially designed to help you keep cool like CoolMax® fabric. Originally developed for athletic apparel, CoolMax® fabric wicks away moisture from the body keeping you cooler.

In addition to getting a carrier with a “cooling” liner, you can also wear a t-shirt underneath your vest that’s designed to keep you cool. Many of these “cool” t-shirts incorporate moisture wicking fabrics like CoolMax®. The popular brand, Under Armour, uses a micro-fiber fabric that transports moisture away from your body.


Carrier Features
Getting a ballistic vest that is comfortable also has a lot to do with the carrier's features. Some of the features you should look for are pointed out in the photo below.

 
Getting the Correct Size
Once you have chosen a particular vest model, it is very important to order the right size. As was mentioned in an earlier lesson, the size can determine the coverage you have and as a result your protection. Also, if your armor doesn’t fit right, it could make it difficult for you to perform your regular duties.

To get the correct size vest, you should always follow the manufacturer’s size charts. While these size charts aren’t consistent across all manufacturers, you’ll find most require the same basic measurements for a regular stock vest (not custom made).

It’s easy to get your measurements taken correctly by just enlisting the help of a partner and following the tips below. (When being measured use a cloth tape and wear your regular, proper attire like t-shirt, duty belt, etc.)


1. Chest: With your arms hanging at your sides, have someone measure under your arms across shoulder blades and around fullest part of your chest.

2. Waist: With your arms hanging at your side, have someone measure your waist above the belt at the navel.

3. Girth or Mid-Abdominal: With your arms hanging at your side, have someone measure around your back, just below the rib cage and across the thickest portion of your stomach. Do not “suck in”. (Your waist and girth size are probably not the same size.)
  4. Torso: In a sitting or normal driving position, measure the front torso length. Measure from the first closed button on your uniform shirt (or bottom of the clavicle depression) to the top of the duty belt. For maximum comfort while sitting, the bottom of your vest should be two-fingers above the duty belt while standing.

Contrary to popular belief, female officers may or may not have to order a vest specially fitted for women. If you wear an “A” or “B” cup bra you can probably wear a regular stock vest; if you wear a larger size you will probably need to order a custom vest. In this case, there are additional measurements you may need.

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