How can a box fish help shape the future of armor?
In a recent study conducted at the University of California, in San Francisco, a team of engineers have studied the biological structure of the Box Fish. The outlying structure of this animal has drawn the attention of body armor producers. The research found by this team could alter the way all companies make their armor. The box fish has been able to survive for years against far larger predators because of their outlying structure. In turn, organizations like the Air Force have now taken measures to try to implement the technology in future armor. But what exactly is all the hype?
The Box Fish
The Box Fish is a bony marine fish that is in the Tetradontiformes, this family of fish are known for their biological modifications that they have evolved to form. It gets its name from its unusual shape caused from its protective hard armor. This fish also has several names in which it is referred to,including trunk fish, cowfish, and coffer fish. Although, the box fish moves extremely slowly, it has several additions that aide in its survival. These include a hard armor surrounding all the vital insides of the fish, and a poisonous secretion in reply to tense situations. The poisonous secretion can only be triggered if the Box Fish is threaten. The armor on the Box Fish is a tradeoff, it protects against possible predators, but makes their movement much slower. However, what it lacks in speed it makes up for in protection. The outlying armor that surrounds the Box Fish is what has caught the eyes of Body Armor specialist.
The Inspiration behind the Change
The outside arrangement and anatomy of the scales of the Box Fish, are the focal point of the inspiration behind reforming the structure of body armor. The armor itself is comparable to an infant skull, it develops and grows as the animal matures. The scales, referred to as scutes, are connected by sutores, and eventually fused together as one. Their zig zag pattern eventually locks into a strong structure. The shape of the scales is the first interesting piece to this puzzle. The hexagonal shaped scales, are not notably known to be apart any other animal but the bonefish, although they do overlap like majority of fish scales. Their over lapping shape makes for a strong and reliable structure. In addition to overlapping the shape of the borders of the scales makes this overlapping of the hard scales, allows for complete protection with no weak penetrable areas. Another interesting aspect of the scales is that there is a star shaped structure in the middle that covers the scales and applies pressure. The other interesting aspect and one of the highest curiosity, is the addition of the underlying layer of collagen fibers. These fibers act as a stabilizer in the instance a predator does penetrate the outlying scales. If such an occurrence were to happen the collagen stabilizes the structure so it may not be compromised, and thus the assumption is that it assist with no further penetration. This unique structure has caught the eye of several military and engineering researchers.
What that means for body armor?
The application of this bio technology could be used to produce a whole new category of armor. The numerous observations and studies conducted have shown that the reinforcement if the outer shell makes its nearly implausible for predators to penetrate the structure. If applied to body armor, we could create a structure that has a whole new level of ballistic protection.
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All you need to know about bulletproof cars
When people think about armored cars they generally imagine a square, safe-like, and metal plated vehicle used by banks or jewelry stores in order to transport money. But the term “armored car” can be appropriated to other civilian and military vehicles that undergo certain mechanical changes in order to be fitted with materials that make it resistant to firepower; the materials vary between steel platings along the skeleton of the vehicle, kevlar paddings in the doors, and newer composite fiber materials used throughout for increased stopping power.
Cars classified as armored vehicles are implemented by many different professions ranging from politicians, judges, celebrities, bankers and any other person that could be under heavy protection like the pope. This line of vehicles, although designed mainly for police, riot control, special units and military use, has found a place in the civilian market and adapted to the demand.
So how much firepower is too much?
The epitome of firepower resistance is commonly known as The Beast; It’s POTUS’s presidential limo and it is equipped which much more than an interior office. Little information is out there on the exact specifications and limits of this vehicle but nothing from explosives, to chemical attacks, or even armor piercing rounds can stop this monster. On the more “acquirable” side of the spectrum you can find vehicles like the Toyota Land Cruiser or the Mercedes G-Class modified by Alpha armour, which can both withstand .357 assault rifle shots at point blank range, the Maybach and Chevrolet Camaro from Texas Armoring Corp., each offering protection from .308 rounds and James Bond-like built-in smoke screen. Some companies offer to add protection to the clients previously owned cars, but other ones like Inkas Armored have built a machine called The Huron; this super-resistant machine boasts an 8.3L Ten-speed transmission, off road capabilities, the interior is bunker-like and, although uncomfortable, it protects from any sort of explosions or bullet penetration.
What is the building process for armored cars?
Generally, the car armoring process begins by selecting an appropriate vehicle. These tend to range from limousines, to trunks, SUV’s and luxury cars. According to the protection level required by the client, a car and suitable degree of armament is decided upon. The second part involves stripping the vehicle bare, all interior accommodations and specs are removed in order to create an impenetrable cabin fitted with modified windows, doors, roofs, fuel tanks, floor and tires. All pillars and vulnerable parts of the vehicle are reinforced with many different bullet resistant materials; followed by the installment of ballistic glass, a polycarbonate laminated material that impossible to differentiate from a regular windshield. Adding all these specs can make the car weigh as much as 2,200 pounds more than factory bought, but a becomes an impenetrable, virtually undetectable and indestructible rolling fortress; all specs you want if you are in need of an armored vehicle in the first place.
Concealable Bulletproof Vests
Bulletproof vest too heavy? Can’t wear your favorite clothes with your current bulky vest? Don’t want anybody knowing that you’re wearing one? Lots of civilians embrace and sometimes even love the idea of owning a bulletproof vest but, in some occasions, it is better to keep things practical, simple, and private. For these applications and situations, wearing a concealable bulletproof vest is the absolute best choice.
What is a concealable vest?
As the name implies, a concealable or “concealed” bulletproof vest is a thin, lightweight, and compact vest that protects and individual for bullet impacts.
Since concealable armor is thin and soft, it is perfect for everyday wear and its applications can be extended further than just providing body protection. Concealed armor can also provide side, lower body, and head protection and it is suitable for extended wear.
Depending on the clothing used, these vests can provide absolute discretion while worn. The key to successfully hiding one lies on professionally measuring one’s body dimensions to customize the fabrication of the vest.
Since stealth is as the top priority besides safety, concealable bulletproof vests are required to be manufactured from light yet strong materials which are usually Kevlar and Aramid. When applied successfully, these materials can provide sufficient protection from handguns and even shotgun rounds except slugs.
These vests are designed to protect individuals from real-life threats, where machines guns and assault rifles are not commonly used.
Kevlar is a highly customizable material thus, multiple layers of it can be applied to reach different levels of bullet protection. According to the U.S. National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a typical concealable vest usually offers protection from 9 milimeter FMJ (Full Metal Jacket) bullets at 1090 feet per second. Scale wise, this means that most concealed vests are tested for Level IIA NIJ standard protection.
If a higher level of protection is desired (NIJ IIIA for example), more layers of either Kevlar or Aramid can be added to the concealable vest. Theoretically, this would allow the vest to achieve higher bullet-resistance from faster and larger bullets, but this usually, if not always, results in a thicker, less discrete vest.
In some of the U.S. States, civilians are allowed to buy and use bulletproof vests. However, in some states like Connecticut, residents are prohibited from acquiring body armor unless it is done in a face-to-face manner (Connecticut State Constitution).
As of this article’s date, the state of New York still allows civilians to purchase bulletproof armor, but this state might be in the works of new legislation that might prevent so. As a result, it is advised to buy now while it is legal.
Concealable bullet proof vests are made from the same materials that conventional ones are and sometimes, they can be less expensive than their counterparts because less material is required during production. However, this may not always be true because concealed vests usually require tailoring and customized cuts from expensive equipment.
Expect to invest around 350 U.S. Dollars on a concealable vest.
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When Should You Wear A Bulletproof Vest?
Wearing a bulletproof vest in today’s society has become a necessity. In these past few months, we have experienced a plethora of unfortunate tragedies that have left us fearful of the future. Just a few months ago in Orlando, Florida, 49 people were killed when a man with an assault rifle fired inside of Pulse Night Club. This tragic event left the world in shock. Individuals no longer found a desire to go out and have a good time due to the fact that it could be life threating. Incidents like these are instances in which if a bulletproof vest was worn, some fatalities could have been prevented.
Being an Uber Driver is a case in which a Bulletproof Vest could be very beneficial. Driving strangers can be nervous and dangerous for the driver. Majority of the time, drivers have no issues and are safe transporting individuals to and from their destinations. While they are usually safe, there have been multiple reports on which drivers have been attacked. Bulletproof Vest are both stab and bullet resistant and could protect the driver when loading and removing luggage for individuals and when transporting them as well. Just as the vest can be beneficial for the driver, it could also be useful for the riders as well. Riders are sometimes catching Uber rides late at night and sometimes they are not natives to the city that they are in. Drivers could easily take a rider to a strange location and cause bodily harm. By wearing a vest, it could help in making sure the rider and the driver are safe.
On Wednesday March 22nd, there was a terrorist incident at the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Masood, 52, drove a car over Westminster Bridge mounting the pavement and hitting 20 pedestrians. According to theguardian.com, Masood jumps out of the car carrying two knives and rushes through the gates into New Palace Yard, where he attacks two yellow-jacketed male police officers at the security gates. PC Keith Palmer, 48, who was unarmed, is repeatedly stabbed and falls to the ground. Masood tries to run but is shot several times by plainclothes officers. Police confirm that four people have died, including the police and the attacker. Isis claims responsibility for the attack, praising Masood as a “solider of Islamic State”. This tragic event demonstrates the importance of wearing a bulletproof vest especially when traveling. Of the people injured included was an American tourist. While this was an accident in UK, we must realize that this could even happen to us here in the US. Wearing a bulletproof vest could have prevented injures by those who were stabbed. #PrayforLondon
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The Big Question
Body armor be a wonderful device that can be used to protect the lives of many people in troublesome times. Normally, some people would think that it should be easy and simple to buy body armor anywhere in the United States; however, this is not always the deal. There are different conditions that each state requires sellers and buyers to meet before any body armor can be purchased or sold. However, which states allow the purchasing and selling of body armor and which state do not?
States that have issues with body armor.
Normally, it is allowed in most states in the U.S. to both sell and purchase body armor. However, the question that we are stuck with is, “which states have issues with selling or purchasing body armor?” To name a few, according to safegaurdarmor.com, Connecticut has a rule where you must purchase the body armor face-to-face with the individual selling that said body armor. It is illegal to purchase any type of body armor over the internet, over the phone, or even by mail; it must be done in person. There are also some states that have issues with individuals who have criminal records to purchase body armor. A state that can be used as an example would be Kentucky. If someone attempts to purchase said body armor and it turns out that they have some form of criminal history on record, that person will have their purchase rejected. Also, if someone commits a crime while having body armor on or even having body armor on their person, this can also be considered a crime. However, if the individuals who is purchasing the body armor does not have any form of criminal history, they will be free to purchase and use the bullet proof vest.
In some states such as Louisiana, according to bulletsafe.com, it has similar rules to Kentucky in the sense that individuals who have a criminal record are not allowed to purchase or wear body armor. Anyone who commits a crime while wearing or in possession of body armor will also be charged. There is however another rule that comes into play. According to safeguardarmor.com, body armor cannot be worn on school grounds.
Many states have different regulations on the purchase of body armor, so it is best to consult your local court house or even a quick internet search to know the boundaries of your state. Below is a video that gives a brief recap on what was just discussed, it particularly talks about issues in Boston and how civilians that commit felonies have body armor.
States that are fine with body armor
As done with the states that have issues with body armor, there will be an example of a state that is fine with body armor laws. A state that can be considered would be Florida. Body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face by a person and it is legal to wear that armor. Of course, it is illegal to wear the armor during the commission of a crime according to bullsetsafe.com, but that is just considering standards and regulations to protect the innocent.
Overall, a lot of states have the same rules when it comes to owning or using body armor. Except for a few such as Connecticut, Louisiana, Kentucky and New York; buying and selling body armor is never really an issue that people would run into. The law normally circulates around criminal behavior and where you can wear body armor at.
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Shear thickening fluid armor
New technology is growing at a faster rate than ever before and body armor is no exception to this trend. Shear thickening fluid, commonly known as STF or liquid armor is a new, emerging technology in the military-protection industry.
This liquid composite is currently being tested and developed by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.More specifically, STF is composed by polyethylene, non-toxic glycol, and particles of silica. According to Dr. Eric Wetzel, U.S. Army’s leading engineer, this liquid can be applied to Kevlar to add an extra layer of protection to conventional vests.
How will liquid protect me from something solid?
Surprisingly, STF stays in a liquid, lightweight form during normal use when wearing a vest. But, as soon as a solid object like a bullet, frag, arrow, or shotgun pellet impacts the Kevlar, this liquid transforms into a rigid, solid structure. This provides instant protection to an individual, thus saving their life.
Unlike traditional Kevlar, polyethylene, glycol and silica have a high-temperature tolerance. As a result, STF can provide explosion protection to a certain degree.
When will I be able to obtain this technology?
Please keep in mind that for your safety, this technology is still ongoing rigorous testing. According to Dr, Wetzel and his University of Delaware students, STF has been tested for three years to ensure optimum quality, durability, and protection.
Wait, isn’t new technology scarce and expensive?
Yes, but once liquid armor passes rigorous testing, the goal is to mass produce it so it becomes cheapand abundant. Also, liquid armor is so versatile that it can used in other scenarios like bomb threats; it can be used a liquid blanket to cover suspicious objects.
What other uses does STF have?
Say for example a police officer or prison guard requires protection from handmade weapons at all times. This liquid armor can do a better job at protecting their lives than conventional Kevlar.
STF also can be applied in areas where regular vests cannot reach such as sleeves, pants, and even helmets.
According to the Next Big Future, this technology could be also applied into car bumpers and road barriers.
Is this technology currently only being tested by the U.S. Army?
No, since 2015, STF has gained a lot of global interest. Because of this, scientists in Poland have in fact determined that this technology has potential and could eventually become a replacement for Kevlarshould it pass rigorous testing.
“The liquid is placed in special pouches that are worn within vests to protect the body while also allowing for a good range of movement. When the clothing is hit by a bullet, the liquid absorbs the impact and prevents any major damage to organs,” Olivia Solon, writer for the British website the Mirror, said.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is also trying to build a liquid body armor made from STF.
Has this new technology been recognized at all?
Yes, the U.S. Army recognized Dr. Wetzel and his team’s hard work by giving them the 2002 Paul A. Siple Award at the Army Science Conference.
Is there any other information that I should know in regards of body armor?
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Body Armor during the Modern and Industrial Era
The Modern and Industrial Era were where body armor first was developed. Created out of the necessity to protect people, mainly kings in the beginning, from new projectile based weapons. Starting in Europe, the earliest accounts dates back to 1538 in Italy where a “gun-fire” resistant vest was made for the Holy Roman Emperor during the two year war that raged between the Romans, King Francis I of France and King Charles V of Spain . Around the same time in England Sir Henry Lee developed a plated armor, as Queen Elizabeths I’s champion, that allegedly could stop gun fire; yet it’s actual testing wasn’t fully documented. Nearly a hundred years later, during England’s Civil War in 1645, special equipment was fitted to one of the English Parliaments cavalry which consisted of a three metal plate layered cuirass armor that protected the torso and back. It relied on the outer plate as a shock absorber and the inner plates protected any fragment from penetrating the vest.
Two hundred years after the first attempts at bulletproof vests and society faces new problems. No longer are most people being slaughtered by war between kings but now some european countries face violence internally in the form of crimes and assassinations. In Dublin, the problem got so overwhelming it drove the country to have the first manufactures and sellers of bulletproof vests in history. Now, body armor would be available to anyone for the first time in an effort to reduce violence and disgraceful murders. Other forms of ballistic armor came during the 1860’s, when a defensive Korea ordered the development of a cotton based bulletproof vest after being threatened by a potential invasion from the United States. After invading a fort, based on an uncalled-for attack on U.S. ships seeking diplomacy, American troops retrieved various specimens of the vests and took them back for further research. The development of bulletproof armor wasn’t limited to only governments, the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and his gang developed a plated armor made out of plough blades used in farming equipment. In their efforts to fight the government, Kelly’s gang would be fully protected with home made chest plates, helmets, shin and arm guards. These makeshift platings could be struck multiple times and deflected any firepower they were threatened with but, the exposure of the legs and hands made this armor eventually useless. Other outlaws, like the american Jim Miller, were known for wearing plated vests under-neath their coats which proved to be highly efficient in deflecting pistol and shotgun rounds.
Ultimately, bulletproof vests have been around for many years and their development has seen a steady rise in technological advancements. Body armor, even in its most primitive of forms, has proven itself time and again as a game changer when it comes to safeguarding and protecting people from gunfire; nowadays thankfully companies like Rhino Body Armor can offer vests that can protect you against anything ranging from large caliber handguns to high powered rifles.
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Does body armor actually provide protection?
Yes. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice and provides levels as government standards of stab and ballistic resistance for body armor and bullet resistant materials. In order for a bulletproof vest to be approved by the NIJ, all armor and materials mist go through a week long torture test, followed by a controlled firing by a programing cannon. The same armor put through the torture test must also meet or exceed NIJ standards at the subsequent firing. This ensures that regardless of the environment or handling of the bullet resistant materials, the armor will remain effective even after being exposed to extreme heat, freezing cold and harsh abrasion, This test is often filmed and must be administered at an independent, government approved, third party weapons laboratory in the U.S.
How many inspections must the body armor undergo?
The body armor must undergo four different inspections: Primary Inspection, Secondary Inspection, Tertiary Inspection and Final Inspection. After these inspections, it must complete testing which was explained earlier.
How are the vest tested?
During testing, the vest must undergo horrible conditions to see if the vest is able to withstand. For example, the vest in a freezer to harden to see if it can hold up cold conditions. After being removed, it is shot, stabbed and even beaten to test the durability of the vest. During this process of testing, the vest must withstand these conditions while all labels must stay in tack. Below, you will find a chart that shows the different guns that are tested on the vest. These guns range from small handguns to high powdered rifles and assault rifles. By testing with thee guns, this ensures ultimate protection and durability against these weapons and climate conditions as well.
What weapons are tested on the vest by the NIJ?
Our armor is tested exclusively by government accredited weapons laboratories based in the U.S. Any armor used in our vests must not only meet government weapons grade standards, but exceed them by a significant margin in order to ensure that our ballistic vests are far superior even those held to national, military and law enforcement standards. All business operations, sourcing, material, testing and assembly are performed in the U.S.
Have The Best Bulletproof Vest passed the standards set by the NIJ?
Every bulletproof vest offered here at The Best Bulletproof Vest has been thoroughly tested in the U.S. government approved facilities and far exceeds any government standards for its stated NIJ rating. Every aspect of our armor surpasses the highest government standards including the NIJ standards in place for police, military and civilians. Our vest have been proven to provide ultimate protection and durability for up to 10 years. All of our vest are sourced, tested, handmade, assembled and individually inspected by ballistics experts right here in the United States.
How do I know which vest is right for me?
Picking out the right vest is really simple. The vest comes in one size but can be adjusted to fit each person comfortably. The vest come in a variety of colors and styles so picking out a cool looking vest won’t be hard. Just determine what style you would like and the rest if fairly simple.
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How To Store Body Armor
After purchasing a set of body armor, some individuals might have the question on how to store their new body armor, or even how to care for it. Doing these two individual tasks are essential for body armor since it can possibly increase the longevity of the armor, help the durability of it, and overall make the armor more reliable for when the time comes that you wish to use it. But, how does one go about storing and caring for their own body armor?
The Basics of Body Armor Upkeep
Let’s start off by covering the basics of how to care for your armor. Normally, the basic body armor has the following components: A front and back carrier, front and back ballistic panels, soft trauma insert, and shoulder/waist straps. A good way to become more comfortable with understanding and knowing your body armor would be to view it on a purchasable website, for example:http://americanarmorassociation.com/. This website has a large selection of different handmade bulletproof vest that will help you become accustomed to how the armor should look. The first task that should be done with new and old body armor is to check to see if the vest is adjusted to your current body size. When the time comes to use the vest, wasting time is not an option. Always have your vest preset for the best comfort and fit. After this, check to see if there are any tears, frays, or scuffs that appear on the armors outer surface. Tend to these defects as needed, but remember that all body armor is different. Depending on the make, it can be advised not to patch these problem areas.
After the minor exterior issues have been found, noted, and taken care of, we will move onto the actual plate that will go inside the body armor. First, you would want to lay the armor down on a flat surface to allow for easier handling. After, you will remove the plate from the front/back panel and place it on a cloth to avoid scratching/damaging the surface of the plate and anything that you might be working on. It is recommended to use a damp cloth to wipe away any grime or smudges that are covering your armors plate, however, you will want to stay away from cleaning products as they may cause deterioration of the plates outer exterior, thus weakening the plates effectiveness. After you have finished wiping over the problem areas, you will want to take a dry cloth and slowly dab any wet spots that remain on the plate. When the plate is dry, reinsert it back into your body armor panels and prepare to store it away.
The Basics of Storing Body Armor
When storing your body armor, there are two big factors that everyone should be cautious of:water and ultraviolet light (UV light which comes from the sun). An adequate location to store your bodyarmor would be an area that is away from moister, humidity and light. Purchasing a chest to lock your armor away in would be an adequate idea, however if you have a dresser that you can place the armor within, this will work fine as well. So long as light and moisture cannot reach the armor, it will be considered stored away correctly.
Care and proper storage for body armor is essential to helping increase the longevity of the armors useful life. By simply taking a few minutes every two to three weeks to make sure that the proper care is being given towards your body armor can make large differences towards healthy body armor and damaged armor. So, in the end, take around 20 minutes to do the tasks mentioned above and save yourself struggles and money in the future.
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