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Body Armor Basics

Posted 11/16/2013 1:18 am by

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We often write articles on how to treat wounds caused by traumatic force such as bullets or knives, but we have rarely discussed the possible prevention of penetrating trauma by the use of body armor. Although a significant investment, body armor may be an effective strategy in high risk environments where there is civil unrest.

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Body armor has been used throughout history.  The introduction of high-velocity firearms around the time of the Renaissance, however, negated the protective advantages of heavy mail and plate armor.  As such, body armor fell out of favor for combat purposes until the latter part of the 20th Century.


The development of the protective synthetic fiber “Kevlar” by Dupont in the late 1960s led to the resurgence of body armor for use by the military and law enforcement.  Lightweight and durable, more than 3000 police officers’ lives and even more combat soldiers owe their lives to it over the past 30 years.


There are two types of body armor:

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