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Different National Institute for Justice Rating System for a Bulletproof Vest

The National Institute for Justice rates each body armor, or bulletproof vest against the materials penetration stopping power and blunt force protection. When police officers, security guards, and even civilians wear a bulletproof vest, they should be aware of the NIJ rating and know what type of situations they may encounter and whether climate conditions to make a more informed decision on which is best.

There are two distinct bulletproof vest worn the majority of the time, and they are either covert, which means hidden from plain site under uniforms  or plain clothes and are less bulky, but may not protect from stabs as well. Overt body armor is worn in plain sight because it is heavier and adds more bulk but provides more protection from stabs and gun shots.

Level II-A

Level II-A rated bulletproof vest is less bulky and favored for concealed, or covert, use but may not provide as much protection under severe shooting conditions. It can withstand a nine-millimeter full metal jacket moving at three hundred and thirty-two miles per second. It can also handle a ten by twenty-two millimeter Smith & Wesson full metal jacket moving at three hundred and twelve miles per second.

Level II

A level II rated bulletproof vest is a favorite because of its comfort level, covert options, and blunt force trauma protection. It can protect against a nine millimeter FMJ moving at three hundred and fifty-eight miles per second with more blunt force protection. It also handles the spiking ability of a three-fifty seven jacketed soft point bullet moving at four hundred and twenty seven miles per second.

Level III-A

A level III-A bulletproof vest is the most protective against blunt force trauma and is a favorite for high-level protection in the most high-risk situations. It can handle the force and decimation of a nine-millimeter full metal jacket coming at you at four hundred and twenty-seven miles per second which allows for quicker return fire with less force trauma. 

It can also withstand the deeper penetrating forty four Magnum semi-jacketed hollow point bullets moving at four hundred and twenty-seven miles per second. It may reel you back a bit, but will hold up even for a soft body armor bulletproof vest.

All of the levels mentioned here can withstand other comparable rounds of ammo, and some of the bulletproof vests offer the wearer to add armor plates for added protection. Most of the plates are steel or Kevlar and provide stab and spike protection along with bulletproofing. If you feel you need a bulletproof vest, do some research and decide which is best for all the situations you may run into.

 

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