Summary Soft armor whether soft plates or soft vests is only for knives pistols and shotguns. We mostly ignore this type... For prepping we want to protect against rifles too. This means you buy hard armor that you insert into a chest harness... All armor is rated by level. The higher the ...
Level III body armor is designed to protect the wearer of the armor from rifle caliber bullets shot from an AR15 style rifle and every handgun caliber. Level IV body armor is designed to be worn by soldiers SWAT Team members and Federal officers in the field. Level IV armor will offer the highest level of protection registered by the NIJ.
Seriously the reason there is no Level V body armor is the impact energies involved with .50BMG and larger caliber rounds would make such armor impractical and so heavy as to render the wearer immobile and still provide useful protection.
This level of protection is very impressive for any body armor. It translates roughly as having the ability to protect you against 7.62mm rounds with 147 grains of mass at approximate velocities of 2780 feet per second. Additionally it should effectively protect you if six rounds are fired into the armor as long as they are spaced out enough.
Level IV Protects against .30 caliber armorpiercing rifle rounds. Providing our police and military professionals with the best plate carrier selection is a priority at Patriot Outfitters. We carry the most trusted brands in the industry including Condor BlackHawk Voodoo Tactical Galls and more.
Level IV armor withstands up to 3006 M2ap steel core armor piercing rounds with a mass of 166 grains and a velocity of 2880 ft/s. Although this level is phenomenal in terms of protection the weight and lack of flexibility can make it impractical for everyday wear.
All soft armor is level IIIa i.e. 3 minus or below and all hard armor is III III or IV. Level III is not good enough because it cant stop common AR15 rifle rounds. Level III is the sweet spot for most people. Level IV is for serious preppers.
The highest NIJ body armor plate level rating is level IV which will stop rounds of up to 30/06 steel core armorpiercing bullets. Body armor carrying a level III rating means that although the plates havent been officially rated by NIJ independent testing has shown that they meet or exceed NIJ standards for threat level IV body armor.
Level IV is the highest rifle plate rating under the NIJ personal body armor specs at this time. A level IV must stop a single hit of 7.62MM AP Black Tip which is effectively a.3006 Armor Piercing bullet. Note the difference in shot count between a level III 6 shots and level IV 1 shot certifi ion.