Body Armor For What?
A bullet proof vest is a very useful tool for a wide variety of people. From Police Officers to Soldiers and even civilians, a protective vest can protect against a number of threats and keep you safe in wide variety of situations. Of course, body armors main function is to protect you against firearms and this is certainly of great benefit, particularly as gun crimes continue to be a problem. However, as any good Prepper- or ninja- knows, you should expect the unexpected and body armor can keep you safe against some unusual threats.
As any good ninja will know, any weapon can be fatal in the right hands, and many are fatal even in the wrong hands. Even before you find yourself fighting for survival after a catastrophe, there are many threats to you safety and wellbeing. One such example is cars. Modern Americans rely on cars for almost everything, and American culture is built upon automotives. However, they are responsible for a large number of deaths every year, many of which could have been avoided with the proper preparation.
Kevlar is to body armor as bread is to sandwiches, it is present in nearly all bullet proof vests. DuPont, the maker of this fabric, regularly honors Law Enforcement Officers whose lives have been saved by their product. A significant number of these Officers were involved in otherwise fatal car accidents, saved only by their body armor. This is because materials like Kevlar can absorb and disperse vast amounts of energy, essentially mitigating the impact. This means that in an otherwise deadly car crash, a bullet proof vest could be the difference between life and death.
Of course, if you do find yourself out in the wasteland fighting off raiders and deathclaws, your bullet proof vest may prove less useful. While firearms will naturally be a high priority for anyone after the collapse of society, ammunition will dwindle relatively quickly. You may still be targeted by opportunists and desperate individuals who covet your supplies and well-prepared shelter. These individuals may no longer be armed with guns, but you will need to protect yourself against their attacks.
It may seem unlikely, but even a single solitary rock can kill you – just look at David and Goliath. Even without divine intervention, stones, rocks, and fists can cause a great deal of damage, and require little to no skill to wield. While it may take more than one to kill you, and their range and power are solely dependent on the thrower, they can still kill you. When dealing with the difficulties of post-apocalyptic society you may not see them coming either. This is why you will need body armor, which can absorb and disperse the energy from the impact, keeping you safe from the attack.
Similarly, some may follow the inspiration of popular TV and film characters and equip themselves with a crossbow or bows and arrows. Fortunately, most people will not have the skill or experience to use these effectively. Nevertheless, it only takes one errant shot to kill you, and your bullet proof vest will not be able to prevent it. This is because the sharp point of the bolt or arrow will pass through the minute gaps in the fabric, negating the protection completely. You will therefore require a stab or spike proof vest.
These vests will usually use materials like Kevlar to help mitigate the impact of an attack. However they will also use tough materials like chainmail and/or plastic laminate to stop the fabric from being cut or bypassed. These multi-threat vests will be incredibly useful in the wild in particular, even before the SHTF; animal attacks should never be underestimated, and the teeth, claws, and horns of animals can be potentially fatal. A stab and spike proof vest will help protect you against the worst nature has to offer, again giving you the upper hand.
The materials used in bullet, stab, and spike proof vests are all thinner and lighter than ever before, not to mention incredibly flexible. This means that even high levels of protection can be achieved in a lightweight and thin package, making protective vests all the more comfortable. The immediate advantage of this is in covert vests, which are designed to be worn under clothing. These vests benefit from these discreet materials and allow you to be fully protected without displaying your armor to the world. No good ninja should announce her/his preparation, and this includes your armor. Choosing a covert Kevlar stab and spike proof vest allows you to be discreet, protected, and ready for anything.