Many preppers are eager to equip themselves with all kinds of weaponry, but the need for proper protection is something that few are aware of. This is exactly why they need to read up on a Prepper’s Guide to Body Armor.
A Prepper’s Guide to Body Armor for the End of the World
Survival means that you need to be prepared for the worst that could happen. This could mean ensuring that you have ample supplies of food and water, a well-fortified location to live in, and the skills and knowledge necessary to survive, in whatever situation the world has descended into.
All of this means preparation, from building up stocks, to ensuring you have the right equipment. Many survivalists are eager to equip themselves with all kinds of weaponry, but overlook the need for proper defensive protections.
Isn’t it ironic that being adequately prepared may turn you into a greater target; as those who did not have the foresight to prepare will covet your supplies. Despite how well-armed and well-supplied you are, if you are not protected, it is all for naught.
This is why it is crucial that you have body armor. Body armor incorporates a wide range of products; including bullet proof vests, stab proof vests, and even ballistic helmets. A bullet proof vest is the most appropriate protection for preppers and survivalists, as firearms become more and more coveted. Even before the world, as we know it, ends, firearms will be your most serious threat.
Bullet proof vests are rated by different levels, depending on the ammunition it can stop, so it is important that you consider what types of firearm will most likely be used by your potential attackers.
Armor at Level IIa can protect against 9mm, .45 and .380 rounds, whereas armor at Level IV can stop armor-piercing ammunition. These Levels refer to the US National Institute of Justice’s levels of protection (NIJ Levels) as decided on through their own rigorous testing methods. Each Level is capable of stopping all ammunition outlined at lower levels.
As time passes and the world continues to turn, covered in inhospitable weather, with roaming bands of scavengers or even shambling reanimated corpses, firearms will be lost in battle or break, become scarcer and scarcer. Your preparation will ensure you survive as long as possible, maybe even long enough that knives and spiked weapons have become a more serious threat than firearms.
Edged and spiked weapons are easily accessible and deadly weapons, and it is important that you can protect against these also. You may wonder how someone could get close enough to you to do damage with one of these weapons, but all it takes is a lucky shot, with a crossbow, from an amateur Daryl Dixon and all your preparation is wasted. Therefore, you will need edged and spiked protection.
Even where weapons are not used, your body armor can protect you. The materials, used in a bullet proof vest, are excellent at absorbing and dispersing energy, meaning that blunt force and impact trauma can be negated. Debris strikes and vehicular accidents become less deadly when wearing body armor.
Turning to the more fantastic (but not impossible), body armor can even protect you against the undead. While the ballistic materials used in bullet proof vests can protect you from brute force, the nails and teeth of these rotting horrors will simply rip and tear the fabric, much like an edged weapon does. Making sure your body armor has stab and spike protection will not only stop all types of weapons, but the layers of chainmail and/or laminate will help stop anything from penetrating through your vest.
Adding additional layers of protection will increase the size and weight of armor. This increase is negligible, and the extra protection is invaluable. The increase in size and weight is so slight that even armor offering the highest levels of protection can be worn comfortably underneath clothes. Some of these vests even use temperature-regulating technologies to help draw moisture away from the skin and keep the wearer cool. Vests worn underneath your outer lay of clothing are labeled as covert vest.
These covert vest are best when you do not wish to draw attention to your protection. You may wonder why you’d need a covert vest in a hostile and violent new world.
Those with advanced training and aim may choose to attack the unprotected areas of you body, rendering your protection useless. Many experts also hotly debate the fact that overt body armor might even make you more of a target, inviting attacks.
This can happen whether or not you are wearing covert armor, and you may wish to have additional protection for areas like the upper arms, groin, throat and neck. This will necessitate an overt vest, which is worn over clothing, yet is still lightweight, flexible and comfortable.
The presence of body armor should help deter potential attackers, who will think twice about attacking in light of your obvious preparation.
Whatever your choice of vest type, it has to reflect your preparation and be suitable for the potential threats. You can be confident that it will keep you protected while remaining comfortable.
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