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What materials are the panels of bullet proof vests made of?

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Bullet proof vest panels are typically made out of Kevlar and spectra fibers. Kevlar is a man-made organic fiber that is flame resistant. It is the first material used for bullet proof vests and was first developed in 1965. Compared to Kevlar, Spectra is lighter and softer and allows for better comfort and range of motion.

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What features should I look for when buying a bullet proof vest?

When buying a bullet proof vest, you should follow these steps:

Make sure it is comfortable and allows great mobility

Make sure it provides you with maximum protection

Make sure the level of protection meets your needs

Make sure you buy it from a decent company that you can trust

Make sure the vest is adjustable

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What are trauma plates in bullet proof vests?

The trauma plates are used as an additional barrier and protection against blunt-trauma injuries, such as light injuries like bruises and more serious injuries like broken bones and damage to internal organs. Trauma panels are made of either metal or ballistic fibers.

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Do bullet proof vests have the same weight?

No. The weight of the bullet proof vest depends mainly on the level of protection it provides. Bullet proof vests weigh around 5-6 pounds on average.

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How do bullet proof vests work?

Basically, bullet proof vests contain many layers of bullet resistant fibers. Once these fibers are struck by a bullet, they block the bullet and prevent it from penetrating to the person's body.

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When was the first modern bullet proof vest created?

The first modern bullet proof vest was created in 1965 by DuPont. This company created bullet proof vests made out of Kevlar, which is until today one of the two most commonly used materials in bullet proof vests.

Feb 04, 2013 | Work Safety

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I just bought a bullet proof vest. Should I test it to see how well it does against a bullet?

I would suggest you not to test your bullet proof vest because it will weaken it for future use.

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Do bullet proof vests provide protection against rifles?

Bullet proof vests normally provide very little to no protection at all against bullets fired from rifles (like the M4 carbine 5.56mm or AK-47 7.62mm). They only provide protection against bullets fired from all hand guns.

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Do all bullet proof vests give the same level of protection?

No. There is a specific list of standards for each bullet proof vest. The
level of protection is given depending on the amount of protection it provides
against both penetration and blunt trauma. Check out these websites for more
information about the specific levels of protection: and

Feb 04, 2013 | Work Safety

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Are bullet proof vests comfortable?

Bullet proof vests are very comfortable most of the time and they do not restrict your movement. The only problem with them is during the summer time or when you are sweating heavily. Since bullet proof vests don't allow for the release of water and they are waterproof, they don't allow you to cool down as well.

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