Bulletproof Vests, Backpacks and Protective Gear

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Learn how bulletproof vest protect from gunfire and shrapnel.

What are bulletproof vests?

Bulletproof vests are like sleeveless shirts that are worn on the upper portion (torso) of the body. The protective bulletproof vests serve as a piece of personal armor that helps absorb the impact of bullets, projectiles, and shrapnel from explosions. The ultimate purpose is to protect your vital organs.

How are Bulletproof Vests made and used?

Soft bulletproof vests are made from many layers of woven or laminated fibers. Metal or ceramic plates (often called trauma plates) can be used in conjunction with a soft vest to provide additional protection. This helps protect you from higher caliber gunshots, such as those from rifles or automatic weapons. The plates are usually sewn into the fabric in key locations to shield your vital organs,

The vests are capable of protecting the wearer from small-caliber handgun fire and shotgun projectiles, as well as small fragments from explosives such as grenades. In most situations, hard-plate reinforced vests are mainly worn by combat soldiers, police tactical units (SWAT Teams), and hostage rescue teams.

In addition to providing protection from gunfire and small explosion fragments, metallic components or tightly woven fiber layers can give soft armor additional resistance to protect against stab attacks from knives or swords.

Full Body Armor

A full-body approach to body armor combines a ballistic vest with other items of protective clothing. Examples include a combat helmet, steel toe boots, and Kevlar gloves. Vests used by police officers, tactical units, and military personnel may also include ballistic shoulder and side protection armor components. This helps prevent bullets from entering through openings

How Safe Will You Be?

Persons who wear such devices should not feel completely safe and invulnerable. A person wearing such protective gear may still be injured or even killed. It is always possible that a bullet or other type of projectile may hit the person’s body in an area that is not covered. Also, the shot or blast may occur at such close range that it is impossible to provide adequate protection.

In situations where a bullet or shrapnel hits a protected area, the wearer will still feel the impact. The impact alone may cause serious bodily damage such as broken ribs, bruising and other ailments. Many officers report being knocked to the ground and having their “wind knocked out” after being shot.

Note: You may see other names such as bullet-resistant jackets, Kevlar, safety gear, and life vests. These are all part of the same general family of products.

Who Needs Bulletproof Vests?

As mentioned above, they are most often used by military personnel. Many standard, battle-ready uniforms have protective gear built directly into the suit. Meaning they are sewn into the fabric. In some cases, the metal portions are removable, in others they are not.

In addition, the gear is used by police officers, mainly those who serve on the streets. However, detectives often wear gear when they enter dangerous or unknown areas where they may be particularly vulnerable.

In addition, the gear is worn by security guards, bodyguards, and personal protection specialists. In some cases, private investigators may use bulletproof vests to protect themselves from gunfire in the line of duty.

BulletSafe Bulletproof Vests

BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest

The BulletSafe bulletproof vest is designed to protect your most vital organs. It provides Level IIIA protection, which provides protection from up to a .44 magnum bullet. This is typically the highest level of protection available for soft armor. 

The vest has a rear liner to help you keep cool and comfortable. Also, it has adjustable straps so you can ensure a tight fit.

In addition, there are other protective items such as backpacks, shields, hats, and more.

Bulletproof Backpacks

With school shootings reaching the level of an epidemic, some companies are developing tactical gear for students. In fact, Amazon has a variety of bulletproof backpacks for sale. Also known as “tactical backpacks”, the backpacks can also be used by the military, law enforcement, and outdoor enthusiasts. 

The backpacks are made of 100% 500D Cordura fabric and are lightweight and durable.

The backpacks look like normal backpacks. But, since they are made of protective material, they can provide critical protection in the event of an active shooter situation. Parents, if you’re concerned about the safety of your children, I recommend that you invest in a product like this. It could make all the difference.

Also, the Home Security Superstore has a wide variety of backpacks and other bulletproof equipment.

Additional Information and Resources

Bulletproof Body Armor Headquarters  – This website provides an extensive selection of protective gear and body armor that has been designed with the lightest, highest quality, and most comfortable materials. The armor and accessories have been rigorously tested to meet and or exceed the highest levels or standards required by the NIJ for certification.

What do private investigators need to know?

Depending on the case, private investigators may find themselves in dangerous situations. Following a suspect, serving a warrant, or performing surveillance could easily turn into a dangerous situation. In addition, an investigator may provide personal protection, security, or bodyguard service to their client.

An investigator may decide to wear a protective vest to protect themselves and/or their client from being shot or stabbed. In some situations, they may encourage their client to wear a vest as an added layer of security.


Buyers must be at least 18 years of age to purchase bulletproof products. Also, it is considered to be illegal and unlawful to purchase protective vests, protective body armor, or other ballistic products if you have been previously convicted of a felony crime, have a criminal record, or if you are currently a fugitive from the law.

The unlawful purchase and possession of such materials can lead to criminal prosecution. Please check your state and local laws prior to making a purchase.

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Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.


    • Vests that are available to the general public generally run from around $200 to over $1000. The more expensive vests generally offer more protection.


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