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Frequently Asked Questions

How does ballistic-resistant body armor work?

Helps to protect person wearing the body armor from death or serious injury from various calibur bullets. When a bullet strikes a body armor panel, the fibers absorb and disperse the energy of the impact across a generalized area. Most concealable body armor is made of a number of layers; these layers assist in the energy dispersion process and help to reduce the effects of blunt trauma, caused by the force of the impacting projectile


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