Bullet proof clothing is a contemporary light armor that is normally worn on the torso. Bullet proof clothing’s are devised to aid in absorbing and reducing or altogether stopping the impact and penetration of a fire arm to the body. Bullet proof clothing’s are often made of multiple layers of woven or laminated fibers and are able to protect the wearer vitals from injuries occasioned by shotguns, handguns and even small explosives like hand grenades. Most armor wearers and manufacturers actually prefer the term ‘bullet resistant’ rather than bullet proof simply because it is believed that a bullet proof wearer is not completely safe form a bullet’s impact. This is partly due to the fact that 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 bullet proof infers that the clothing can avert all threats which is actually not case. Bullet proof clothing is normally fabricated with resilient fibers that can potentially deform a bullet encapsulating the bullet into a dish whilst dispersing the bullets force over the clothing’s fiber. Bullet proof clothing can absorb energy from the deformed bullet halting its impact before it can fully penetrate into the clothing. Even if there is not much penetration modern bullets have enough force to occasion trauma. On the flip side bullet proof clothing generally offer minimal protection against non-deformable bullets that contain steel.
Bullet proof clothing is not a modern phenomenon it actually dates back to the 16th century during the Mycenaean’s, the Persians and the Greek. All used a wide range of improvisation though out the centuries. Experimentation to bullet proof clothing continued during the American civil War, World War I and II and even after the postwar. Until recently improvisation into bullet proof clothing continues to advance in specifications particularly in relation to increased resistance to penetrations and the impact on the body. Initially the standard bullet proof clothing material was ballistic nylon. However, advances in subsequent years opened doors to Kevlar and later spectra and protera. Modern day bullet proof clothing are 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 Kevla.
In essence, most bulletproof clothing consists of the back and front panels that are generally different in size and shape. Woven Kevlar layers are normally sown together with Kevlar threads and spectra shield is coated with resins like katron that is used to bind the sheets made of polythene film. The sewn layers of kevler and spectra are then put into an envelope that is heated then sealed. It is the heat sealed cover that essentially gives a bullet proof clothing the bullet resistant qualities. The panels are finally fitted into a distinctive devised carrier that has pocket that can hold the panels into a suitable body position. How is bulletproof clothing made? Basically, the panels plus the carrier form the bullet resistant clothing. A number of devices can be used to strap the bullet resistant clothing on. At times the sides of the bullet proof clothing are connected with straps like; velcro closures, elastic webbings and metal buckles that are used to secure the bullet proof clothing.
Altogether, a number of bullet proof clothing can be custom made. Most importantly, it should be noted that unlike regular clothes, bulletproof clothing must adhere to stringent standard regulations as specified by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Similarly, bullet proof clothing differ, therefore one should be thoroughly acquitted to the needs before getting one.