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When it comes to body armor and bulletproof vests, you don't want to take a chance. OpticsPlanet carries top quality body armor by Blackhawk as well as bulletproof vests by Second Chance. Our government sales specialists can help you find the right ballistic armor solution for your situation. We are always expanding our manufacturers and distribution sources, so if there's a particular body armor product you are looking for, please let us know. Federal regulations only allow us to sell bulletproof vests and personal armor to law enforcement and military agencies as well as other qualified professionals. Also be sure to check out our selection of armor plates.

Body Armor 101 FAQ:
Can civilians buy or own body armor?

Check your local laws to know whether you are legally able to own and/or purchase bulletproof vests and body armor. Many of our body armor items are restricted for sale only to persons with appropriate permissions.

Is body armor bulletproof?

The preferred term would be bullet resistant. No body armor will stop all types of bullets.

What vest is right for me?

Most law enforcement and private security contracts wear body armor that will protect against the types of weapons and calibers used by their departments on a daily basis.

What size is correct for me?

It is easier for men to find the right size than women. Measurements required vary by brand. The most important piece of advice on finding the right fit for your body armor bulletproof vest is to give accurate measurements to achieve the correct level of comfort and protection.

What is difference between soft and hard body armor?

Soft body armor is easier to wear for extended periods of time and is better for concealed wear. Hard body armor will have more protection, but can get uncomfortable after wearing it for a long time.

What do the levels on body armor mean and which level is right for me?

Refer to the chart of body armor performance standards below for general guidance. Against, body armor and bulletproof vests generally should be chosen to protect against the firearm that you or your department is carrying, as most firearm related incidents occur with the officers' own weapons.

Body Armor Performance Standards Chart:
Type 2A (IIA)
Ammo Protection (New Armor):
  • 9x19mm Parabellum 124 gr. FMJ RN @ 1225 ft/s(373 m/s)
  • .40 S&W FMJ @ 1155 ft/s(352 m/s)
  • .45 ACP FMJ @ 900 ft/s(274 m/s)
Ammo Protection (Conditioned):
  • 9x19mm Parabellum 124 gr. FMJ RN @ 1165 ft/s(355 m/s)
  • .40 S&W FMJ @ 1065 ft/s(324 m/s)
  • .45 ACP FMJ @ 850 ft/s(259 m/s)
Type 2 (II)
Ammo Protection (New Armor):
  • 9x19mm Parabellum 124 gr. FMJ RN @ 1305 ft/s(397 m/s)
  • .357 Magnum 158 gr. JSP @ 1430 ft/s(435 m/s)
Ammo Protection (Conditioned):
  • 9x19mm Parabellum 125 gr. FMJ RN @ 1245 ft/s(379 m/s)
  • .357 Magnum 158 gr. JSP @ 1340 ft/s(408 m/s)
Type 3A (IIIA)
Ammo Protection (New Armor):
  • .357 SIG 125 gr. FMJ FN @ 1470 ft/s(447 m/s)
  • .44 Magnum 240 gr. SJHP @ 1430 ft/s(435 m/s)
Ammo Protection (Conditioned):
  • .357 SIG 125 gr. FMJ FN @ 1410 ft/s(429 m/s)
  • .44 Magnum 240 gr. SJHP @ 1340 ft/s(408 m/s)
Type 3 (III)
Ammo Protection (Conditioned):
  • 7.62x51mm NATO 148 gr. M80 ball @ 2780 ft/s(846 m/s)
Type 4 (IV)
Ammo Protection (Conditioned):
  • .30-06 Springfield M2 166 gr. Armor-Piercing (AP) bullets @ 2880 ft/s(876 m/s)

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