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Body armor has been around since the beginning of the US military. From the very first bullet that was fired in anger at an enemy, body armor has evolved over the years. Currently, there are only three levels of body armor that entail both type of armor and protective clothing that offer increased protection. These three levels are Bulletproof vests, ballistic helmets, and bulletproof vest. The first two offer increased protection from firearms that could cause death if a bullet were to penetrate the skin or enter through the body; and the bulletproof vest protects against bullets that could otherwise cause bodily harm. While the vests are often the most recognized and used by the armed services, the armor helmets offer the most significant level of defense against firearms injury or death.

The vest protects against being penetrated by a caliber bullet by means of a specially designed bulletproof vest. There are many variations on these bulletproof vests, ranging in materials, size, and shapes. The plates, also known as bulletproof vests, are usually attached to the vest via clamps or fasteners. Some of these vests will hold larger caliber ammunition, and are often times attached to a belt so that it may be carried around easily. Often times, one of these plates will protect the torso area of a person while another will protect the head.

Ballistic helmets come in two varieties: full body armor and the bulletproof vest. The plates on the vest will fit over the shooter’s head, but will not protect the rest of the torso. This type of helmet does not protect against firearms injuries, but will protect the face and neck against a bullet that passes through the skin. While these vests and plates provide protection, it is important to also wear a bulletproof vest and protective clothing so that the individual has the most effective chance of avoiding injury from injury or shooting.