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How a Bullet Proof Vest Absorbs the Impact

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 188

Have you ever wondered how a bullet proof vest works? If so, you are not alone. Bullet proof vests have come a long way throughout the years, and numerous advances have been made in technology. In the beginning, body armor was made from silk. That was not effective to use as weaponry advanced. Throughout history, as weaponry changed so did the body armor. The vests that are worn today are safer than they have ever been. They can be worn over or under clothing, for extended periods of time and by any sex.

The first thing you need to know when determining how bullet proof vests work is to consider how they are made. Bullet proof vests are made from strong fibers, typically Kevlar that are tightly woven together. The fibers eventually weave a material that works almost as a web would work. Layer after layer of the material will be placed together to form the plates that are placed inside of the vest carrier. The material must be kept dry and out of direct sunlight as this can quickly diminish the strength of the material. There is currently no material on earth that is strong enough to be woven together in a single layer to make a vest. Scientists and developers are always trying to make technological breakthroughs when it comes to body armor because if they can give more protection to soldiers, it would considerably help to decrease the number of casualties on the battle field.

When a shot is fired at a bullet proof vest, the layers of material take the initial impact and disperse it throughout the vest. This helps to insure that the round is not able to penetrate through the vest and that the wearer is not severely injured. It also helps to decrease the amount of pain and injury the wearer feels during and after the impact. Using many layers of the material not only helps to prevent penetration but also to prevent residual injuries that could be caused from the impact. When the round hit's the vest, it is traveling at a very quick rate of speed. If the fibers of the vest did not allow the impact to radiate throughout the vest, damage could be caused to the internal organs. The internal organs are not made to take such an impact, and it could cause a vital organ to rupture or become severely injured. Many people who are shot while wearing a body armor note that they lost their breath for a minute or had some minor bruising at the shot location. Neither of these things is life threatening and are well worth wearing a bullet proof vest. There are bullet proof vests for women and men. Vests that are available for women have a specific curve in them so that they can give women the full protection that they need and so that the material will be able to give full coverage of all of the vital organs.

Thank you for reading! For more information on bullet proof vests and the differences between protection levels visit our bullet proof vest store. We have a wealth of bullet proof vest information and guides.

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