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Frequently Asked Questions

What are trauma plates?

Trauma Plates are devices which can be added to the vest over a localized area (most commonly the mass center of the torso) to increase the wearer's protection against blunt trauma injuries. Blunt Trauma injuries are caused by the impact forces of the bullet against the armor, resulting in non-penetrating internal injuries, such as bruises, broken ribs, or other injuries to internal organs. Trauma plates can be made of a hard substance, such as metal wrapped in rubber or ballistic fabric, or they can be made of additional layers of ballistic fabric, similar to an armor panel. Some manufacturers even build trauma plates into the armor panel itself.


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