Bulletproof clothing is contemporary light armor that is typically worn on the torso. Bulletproof clothing is devised to aid in absorbing and reducing or altogether stopping the impact and penetration of a firearm to the body. Bulletproof clothing is often made of multiple layers of woven or laminated fibers. It can protect the wearer’s vitals from injuries occasioned by shotguns, handguns, and even small explosives like hand grenades. Most armor wearers and manufacturers prefer the term ‘bullet resistant’ rather than bulletproof simply because it is believed that a bulletproof wearer is not entirely safe from a bullet’s impact. This is partly because the bullet clothing can indeed avert bullet penetration, though the wearer and the clothing can still absorb the energy from the bullet. This is because multiple projectiles exist as such bulletproof infers that the clothing can avert all threats, which is not the case. Bulletproof clothing is typically fabricated with resilient fibers that can potentially deform a bullet encapsulating the bullet into a dish while dispersing the bullet’s force over the clothing’s fiber. Bulletproof clothing can absorb energy from the deformed bullet halting its impact before fully penetrating the clothing. Even if there is not much penetration, modern bullets have enough force to occasion trauma. On the flip side, bulletproof clothing generally offers minimal protection against non-deformable bullets that contain steel.
Bulletproof clothing is not a modern phenomenon. It dates back to the 16th century during the Mycenaeans, the Persians, and the Greeks. All used a wide range of improvisation throughout the centuries. Experimentation to bulletproof clothing continued during the American Civil War, World War I and II, and even after the postwar. Until recently, improvisation into bulletproof clothing continues to advance in specifications, particularly about increased resistance to penetrations and the impact on the body. Initially, the standard bulletproof clothing material was ballistic nylon. However, advances in subsequent years opened doors to Kevlar and later spectra and protea. Modern-day bulletproof clothing is made from a panel of shaped sheets in vest form that is advanced with plastic polymers and is embedded in multiple extensively tested layers of either Spectra shield, ballistic, or Kevlar.
In essence, most bulletproof clothing consists of back and front panels that are generally different in size and shape. Woven Kevlar layers usually are sown together with Kevlar threads, and spectra shield is coated with resins like patron used to bind the sheets made of polythene film. The sewn layers of kevlar and spectra are then put into an envelope that is heated then sealed. It is the heat-sealed cover that essentially gives bulletproof clothing bullet-resistant qualities. The panels are finally fitted into a distinctive devised carrier with a pocket to hold the meetings into a suitable body position. How is bulletproof clothing made? The panels plus the page form the bullet-resistant dress. Several devices can be used to strap the bullet-resistant clothing on. At times the sides of the bulletproof clothing are connected with straps like; velcro closures, elastic webbings, and metal buckles used to secure the bulletproof clothing.
Altogether, several bulletproof clothing can be custom-made. Most importantly, it should be noted that, unlike regular clothes, bulletproof clothing must adhere to stringent standard regulations specified by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Similarly, bulletproof clothing differs. Therefore one should be thoroughly acquitted to the needs before getting one.