- Thousands of lives are being saved all around the world thanks to bullet proof armours. These armours have bullet resistant plates concealed within specially designed pouches in the armour which helps in deflecting the bullet away or absorbing the impact of the bullet thereby keeping the person behind the vest safe in the event he or she is being fired upon. How these bullet proof plates within armours work has been a source of curiosity not just for civilians but also for soldiers who use them regularly. Here we will attempt to shed light on a few interesting aspects of bullet proof plates.
- The Correct Name Is Bullet ‘Resistant’
Though the name bullet proof has stuck, these vests are technically bullet resistant. A fired bullet is trapped by the fibres in the jacket and slows it down considerably and prevents it from penetrating the armour. No materials ever used in body armour can completely prevent a bullet from penetrating the armour. Most materials effectively resist the bullet. However, consumers usually refer to the product as bullet-proof and retailers sometimes call it by the same term to stay relevant to consumer’s requirements.
- No bullet resistant vest provides ‘lifetime’ protection
The lifespan of bullet resistant plates and vests is not unlimited. There is so long a plate or vest can protect the wearer. In US, the National Institute of Justice ratifies these vests for 5 years. With frequent wear and use this drops significantly. Proper care must be taken by the wearer to check for visible signs of wear, tear, smells and other tell-tale indications of deterioration.
- Water reduces efficiency of bullet resistant vests
Water acts as lubricant and makes it easier for bullets to penetrate through the material easily. The best thing to do at times when the soldier has to swim across or enter water bodies is to remove the vest and wear it again in dry conditions. Also, a wet vest is heavier to carry which may cause fatigue for the soldier.
Bullet resistant plates are very effective at preventing lives. There is a lot to understand how the concept works. Besides making for good informative facts, knowing more about these will make users even safer.