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UL752 Bulletproof Glass

There are 8 levels of UL572 bulletproof glass.  Citizen Armor focuses on Level 2 and Level 5 of the UL572 standard.  Level 2 is rated to stop handgun rounds, while level 5 is rated to take a single rifle shot.  This standard of bullet resistance is relevant for both vehicle armor and building armor.  The UL752 rating system helps understand ballistic protection levels for glass. 

Truth In Bulletproof Terminology

The truth is that no product is 100% bulletproof.  Each product is bullet resistant up to different levels of threats.  Products are designed, tested, and designated into categories of ballistic performance.  The Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) sets forth the UL752 Standard for Bullet-Resisting Equipment.

UL752 Ratings Do Not Allow Spalling

The UL752 specifications do not allow for spalling.  Spalling is the deformation and fragmentation of a material such as glass after an impact.

“1.2 As used in these requirements, the term “bullet-resisting” signifies that protection is provided against complete penetration, passage of fragments of projectiles, or spalling (fragmentation) of the protective material to the degree that injury would be caused to a person standing directly behind the bullet-resisting barrier.” –  standardscatalog.ul.com

To be certified as UL752 compliant each product must be tested to offer absolute protection.  If a product spalls after impact and the shrapnel that could injure occupants of a building or vehicle it will not pass as a UL752 certified product.  

UL752 Level 2 Specifications

Level 2 is designed to withstand the impact of .357 magnum jacketed lead soft point projectiles.  This level also protects against the 9mm and .22 caliber projectiles.

UL752 Level 5 Specifications

Level 5 is rated to stop a full metal copper jacket 7.62mm rifle with a lead core. This means it is also designed to stop the ever popular 308 Winchester.

UL752 Ratings Are Not Always Rankings

Ratings,, follow a system of levels that build upon one another.  For example level 2 being superior to level 1 and so on.  The UL752 system does not always work this way.  

For levels 1 to 3 each progressive level is superior to the others.  Once a product is rated above these levels the standard varies.  Just because something is rated to withstand a level 8 threat it doesn’t mean it meets the standard for level 7 automatically.  It is important to evaluate the level of expected threats and install the right type of bulletproof glass product. 

Contrary to expectation, the UL752 system isn’t a matter of rankings but rather a way to describe products. This helps you, the consumer, choose the right type of bulletproof glass product for your application. 

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What Are Bulletproof Vests Made Of?

Bulletproof vests are made from a variety of high tensile strength fibers.  What is inside of a bulletproof vest depends on the manufacturer.  Manufacturers of bulletproof vests use various high strength materials, such as aramid fibers, carbon nanotubes, polyethylene and graphene microfibers. These fibers are combined into layers to increase the ballistic properties.  The polyethylene used in bulletproof vests is an Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE).  UHMWPE was originally developed to be used in replacing steel belts in tires.  This makes it a great material for bulletproof vests due to its strength and hydrophobic properties.  We’ve come a long way since the first bulletproof vests were made of silk.

Vests made with UHMWPE are not only waterproof but offer cost effective ballistic protection.  There are 5 levels of ballistic protection recognized by the National Institute of Justice. The levels are IIA, II, IIIA, III, and IV.  The lowest level of protection is a level IIA.  As the level of protection a vest provides increases up to level IV so will the quality of the materials, the weight, and the cost of bulletproof vests.

Level IIIA is currently the highest level of protection available in a soft body armor product.  Soft body armor is often preferred as it allows for a wider range of motion and weighs considerably less than hard armor plates.  This level of bulletproof vest is able to provide protection from virtually any handgun round.

Higher levels of protection such as III and IV are achieved with hard armor plates and are typically restricted to law enforcement and military units.  Common materials for these armor plates include steel, ceramic, and UHMWPE polyethylene.

Citizen Armor uses the cutting edge technology of Protek Armor.  Protek™ Graphene Armor features the industry leading performance of graphene microfibers which produce lightweight and ballistically superior soft body armor. 

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Who Invented The Bulletproof Vest? 

The bulletproof vest was invented by Casimir Zeglen in 1893. 

The focus of inventing the bulletproof vest came after the assassination of Carter Harrison Sr. Zeglen. He was a Roman Catholic Priest of a parish with over 40,000 followers in Chicago.  He collaborated with Jan Szczepanik to improve the initial design of the bulletproof vest in 1901. Although there has been debate about Szczepanik’s role or possibly the original inventor of the bulletproof vest, most sources agree that the modern vest was invented by Zeglen.

Patent US577999 Bulletproof fabric, from Casimir Zeglen
Patent US577999 Bulletproof fabric, from Casimir Zeglen

Bulletproof Vest History

The first recorded mention of bulletproof armor seems to be around 1538.  It was in this year that Francesco Maria della Rovere commissioned Filippo Negroli with manufacturing a bulletproof vest.  While history makes no mention of Negroli producing and testing his bulletproof vest, there are records of a version of bulletproof vests being tested as early as 1561 by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. 

The Role Of Silk And Bulletproofing

In 1881 George E. Goodfellow made note of how silk “had significantly reduced the penetration of one of the bullets“.  Following this discovery, Goodfellow started trying to understand how silk could be used to protect people from bullets. He fabricated a vest that was made from 30 layers of silk. As much as he pioneered the use of silk in bulletproof materials, he returned to being a devoted physician.

This research laid the foundation for Zeglen as he fabricated and tested a bulletproof vest made of silk.  The major difference between using silk fabric and Zeglen’s design was the custom sewing methods utilized to make a higher performance ballistic fabric.

Modern Bulletproof Vest Advancements

As with all technology, bulletproof vests have improved over time in design.  Higher performance ballistic materials have been developed that protect better, are lighter weight, and last longer.  The most recent advancement in bulletproof technology is the use of graphene microfibers. Citizen Armor vests with graphene microfibers are tested to NIJ level IIIA, and are more flexible and lightweight than other soft body armor.

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What is a MOLLE vest?

A MOLLE vest is a tactical vest that is designed for the harshest conditions, roughest terrain, and situations where one must be tactically proficient.  MOLLE stands for “Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment”  It is pronounced like the name Molly and is a favorite with tactical forces and self defense enthusiasts the world over.  

MOLLE is so popular due in large part to it’s modular nature.  It allows a vest wearer to choose which gear they will carry and exactly where on their chest rig it will go.  If a wearer of a MOLLE vest is left handed they can set their weapon, flashlight, radio, or canteen in the most comfortable position possible.  Military, law enforcement, private security, and even fire departments utilize MOLLE in their gear.  

How a MOLLE vest works

MOLLE works by stitching heavy-duty nylon fabric panels into tactical vests, rucks, and backpacks.  These durable loops offer great flexibility for operators to attach equipment in the places that work best for their needs.  

Most MOLLE attachments use the SlickStick system.  It threads through the MOLLE loops to align the way you wish, and then snaps in.  Depending on the size and type of MOLLE pouch, holster, or other equipment there may be multiple attachment points.  Most of the MOLLE gear has webbing on each side of the equipment, such as on the vests or belts. The Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS) provides multiple points for attaching gear on the rows and columns of the webbing.

MOLLE attachments

Depending on the application, a MOLLE vest wearer can choose their chest rig configuration.  Keeping the most mission critical gear front and center improves speed and reaction times. 

  • Sidearm Holsters – traditionally military and law enforcement has relied on MOLLE for sidearm carrying.  However with increased instability a lot of regular citizens are choosing it
  • Ammunition – an empty firearm is an expensive paperweight, so ammo on your chest rig keeps your most vital tools right where you need them 
  • Flashlights – knowing where your flashlight is for fast access is key, day or night. 
  • Radios – Whether you’re a prepper, regular citizen, or armed force, staying in quick communication is a key to success.
  • Pouches – pouches offer flexible cargo for any application
  • Canteens – staying hydrated is necessary for survival and staying alert
  • First-aid kits – to be able to treat injuries in the field
  • D-Rings –  for gear attachments and slings

 

MOLLE Setup

Tactical vests for civilians don’t have standard operating procedure guidelines like military or law enforcement. You’re free to choose what gear you’ll have on your chest rig and where it goes.  It is a best practice to only choose the most essential gear for your MOLLE vest.  Not only does too much gear get confusing, but it adds weight and reduces mobility.

Step 1 – Choose your gear

A good way to choose what gear ends up on your MOLLE vest is to categorize your gear.  Think about what you need frequently, need sometimes, and might need.  It is also important to configure your chest rig in a way that meets the application requirements.  

Say you’re interested in a MOLLE vest for a SHTF situation.  You’re going to want to have a knife, first aid, ammunition, and a sidearm holster.  You may also choose to add a flashlight to your MOLLE vest as you never know if it will be light when threats come.  

MOLLE is also a great asset for people who are prepping for natural disasters.  Having fast access to gear to take care of injured and the yourself is mission critical.  The primary attachments for medical response to natural disasters includes first aid equipment, water, a radio, and any other gear that you’d rely on in an emergency.

Step 2 – Lay it out on your MOLLE vest

The layout of your equipment on your MOLLE vest should reflect what you will need most.  Consider what type of emergencies you imagine you’d put the vest on for and what you will need in those situations.  Whatever you need the fastest access to and will use most needs to be at the most natural points to access.  For example, if you are considering a MOLLE vest for tactical applications, you’ll want your sidearm holster and ammo to be unobstructed.  In addition, you will want that equipment to be in the most convenient spots.

Step 3 – Secure your gear on your vest

Use the sticks or straps that come on your MOLLE attachment accessories.  You will thread the straps or sticks through the heavy-duty MOLLE loops in the positions that work best for you.  Once they are in their stations, ensure they are completely secure.  The last thing you need is an equipment failure in a crisis.  Fortune favors the prepared, so make sure you are.

Step 4 – Training Your Muscle Memory

A major key to being proficient with a MOLLE vest is to practice using it and wearing it.  Use it in the field and practice with your unloaded weapons and equipment to train your muscle memory.  Then you’ll reach faster without having to search and find what you need.  When we are faced with fight or flight we need our instincts to be second nature.  It should be second nature while wearing the vest to be able to hit a radio key, access your sidearm, or grab a flashlight.

MOLLE Vest Care

Improper cleaning or use of ballistic panels can result in serious injury or death.

A MOLLE vest or any tactical vest is an investment; an investment in safety and being able to protect yourself or potentially others.  Taking care of it so it is ready when needed is a big deal.  You should store it properly and wash it correctly if you are using it often.  Doing so will extend the life of your MOLLE vest and ensure it is in good condition to provide what you need.. 

Storing Your Vest

These steps help maintain vest protective properties and prolongs vest life by protecting from environmental factors such as sunlight, UV light, moisture, etc.

  • It is best to place your vest flat in a carry bag
  • They should be stored in a dry cool place when not being used
  • NEVER allow your ballistic pads to be folded for storage
  • Avoid storing your vest in excessively hot, cold, or humid conditions

 

Washing Your Vest

  • Remove the carrier straps and ballistic panels
  • Never wash the carrier straps with the carrier
  • Hand-washing is best but the GENTLE cycle with a mild detergent is ok
  • Wash the straps by hand separately
  • Allow the carrier and straps to air dry or machine on LOW HEAT
  • NEVER use fabric softener or bleach
  • NEVER dry clean
  • NEVER iron your vest
  • NEVER use deodorizing sprays such as Lysol or Febreze
  • NEVER wash the ballistic panels
  • ALWAYS monitor the condition of your MOLLE vest for excessive wear, loose stitching, or tears.

 

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How Much Does Graphene Armor Cost?

Graphene armor costs start at $99 dollars but can go up to over $1,000.  The cost of graphene armor depends on the type of body armor you are wanting.  Graphene microfibers are used to make bulletproof backpacks, inserts, binders, and of course bulletproof vests.

“Layers of carbon one-atom thick can absorb blows that would punch through steel. Recent tests suggest that pure graphene performs twice as well as the fabric currently used in bulletproof vests, making it an ideal armour…”. – According to newscientist.com.

Graphene Armor Cost by Product

Graphene microfiber is simply superior to carbon nanotube technology.  This type of armor costs a little more but is higher performance hands down.  In fact the NIJ no longer allows manufacturers to have armor made with carbon nanotubes to be tested.  

Vests

Graphene armored vests cost between $645 and $1,126.  The cost of these graphene vests vary depending on how much coverage they offer.  In addition they can be purchased as a standard option or an elite option that is more durable and has a longer warranty.

The least expensive graphene vest is called the T-Shield Vest.  It starts at $645 dollars for the standard armor option. It is concealable and covers your vital organs such as kidneys, liver, heart, and lungs.  

The most expensive graphene vest is the SHTF Vest and it starts at $754 dollars.  It’s wraparound armor design covers more of your body.  It wraps around your sides to cover more threats.  It also offers a MOLLE system so you can strap on any items such as mags, pistols, radios, or other tactical accessories.

Other graphene vests include the Civvy Vest, Civvy Female Vest, which start at $649 for the unisex option and $734 for a vest customized to fit a woman more comfortably.

Bag & Backpack Inserts

The least expensive graphene product is a bulletproof insert.  They start at $99 and are used for armoring many types of bags.  When most people say they want a bulletproof backpack, they are thinking of inserts.  The cost depends on the size and armor level purchased.

  • Small (7×10”) Graphene Inserts start at $99 dollars
  • Medium (10×13”) Graphene Inserts start at $139 dollars
  • Large (11×15”) Graphene Inserts start at $179 dollars

Measuring the bag or backpack will help concerned consumers choose the right size for their bags or backpacks.

Convertible Bulletproof Backpack Vests

A convertible bulletproof backpack vest costs $1,200 for the standard armor configuration.  It is a wraparound body armor solution that is as concealable as it is effective.  It’s rapid deployment system takes you from just carrying a backpack to having front, back, and side body armor in just 2 seconds.  With the elite armor option, $1,524 dollars, it is made with more durable materials and has a longer warranty.  

Binders & Notebooks

Binder and notebook costs start at $249 and go up to $399 dollars.  For school age children and college students the standard armored 3-ring binder notebook costs $249 and has an elite option for $359.  There are executive armored binders made with leather and have a more professional executive appearance, they cost either $299 or $399 depending on if you want a standard or elite armor solution.

What Is Graphene Armor?

Graphene is made up purely of carbon atoms which are configured in hexagonal arrangements.  These layers are structured at a scale of 1 atom thick.  It is famous for its ability to conduct electricity and heat with impressive efficiency.  Due to graphene’s impressive qualities it is being researched for a wide variety of fields.  They include energy storage, electronics, biological engineering, medical treatment, photovoltaic cells, and of course armor technologies. 

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Walmart Mass Shooting In El Paso Claims 23rd Life

Walmart Mass Shooting In El Paso Claims 23rd Life
Photo by Joel Angel Juarez / AFP – Getty Images

9 months later the 23rd victim lost their life after aafter a mass shooting in an El Paso Walmart..  In a recent nbc.com new article, hospital officials stated that Guillermo Garcia had passed away after fighting for life for these past 9 months.  The shooting occurred on the 3rd of August 2019.  This attack specifically targeted the Latino community.  

This mass shooting left 23 dead and 26 injured.  While police were able to respond to reports of this mass shooting in an incredible 6 minutes, they were not there to prevent the 23 deaths in total.   Texan Gov. Greg Abbott said it was one of the most deadly days in the history of Texas.

Shortly before the attack it seems the suspect had posted his screed. While this post did not mention specifics about the time or place, it did list out a racist and hate filled agenda.  It was posted at 10:12 am and the mass shooting occurred just 27 minutes later.  This left law enforcement powerless to prevent this mass shooting.  Too often there isn’t enough time, or terrorists simply never make their intentions known.  

A Hateful Agenda

In most cases of mass shootings, there is some type of hateful agenda.  In the case of this El Paso Walmart attack, it was directed specifically towards the Latino community.  El Paso police Chief Gregory K. Allen was quoted as saying this was “a nexus at this point in time to a hate crime.”

El Paso Texas is located close to the Mexican border.  As such it is a popular destination for both locals and Mexicans crossing the border to purchase groceries.  The parking lot of this Walmart is filled with both license plates from Mexico and Texas.  

Both Beto O’Rourke and Joaquin Castro pointed out that rhetoric from the leaders of our nation needs to be corrected.  Stances that describe immigrants and visitors from people south of our border as “invaders” needs to end.  It does more than offend sensibilities, it leads to violence.  

Shocked And Terrified

Naturally the general feeling of people at the store during this attack was shocked and terrorized. It seems most people interviewed by the Associated Press expressed that they assumed the gunshot sounds were just boxes dropping or construction noises.  The local community, state, and world is shocked by these mass shootings that occur at what seems an ever increasing rate.  

Following the attack there was an effort to reunite families of potential victims.  Attacks like this scatter families at the site and leave them unsure of their loved one’s condition.  A school was set up to help families reunite with those who were unaccounted for who may have been at the scene.  

Blood Needed To Save Lives

Most ICU patients need blood transfusions during their treatment.  With 26 people injured, the demand for blood donations skyrocketed after this attack.  According to The University Medical Center in El Paso, many of the victims in this attack had “level one” injuries.  This is the most serious level of injuries on a hospitals scale.   

Memorials, Blame, and Policy

In the wake of this attack, public figures started discussing the issues.  Issues that influence agendas of hate, gun policy, and how to resolve the issue of mass shootings; again.  While it is noble to research and change what we can to absolve the world of such hate, we unfortunately live in a very violent reality.  While politicians discuss, it is left to you to protect yourself and those you love.

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What Is The Best Bulletproof Vest?

What Is The Best Bulletproof Vest?

The best bulletproof vest is the one that fits your needs, budget, and will protect you or your family!  This isn’t a decision to take lightly and it is an investment in safety for uncertain times. There are a lot of factors to consider such as the level of bullet resistance, cost, durability, size, fit, mobility, comfort, and warranty.  Read below to decide what is the best bulletproof vest for you.

1. Is A Bulletproof Vest For Everyone?
2. The Cost Of A Bulletproof Vest
3. Buying The Right Size
4. Comfort Is Key
5. Mobility Matters
6. Bulletproof Vest Weights Vary
7. Should It Be Concealable?
8. Bulletproof Durability
9. Kevlar Bulletproof Vests
10. Bulletproof Rating Levels
11. Vest Warranties
12. Caring For A Bulletproof Vest
13. Need Help Choosing A Bulletproof Vest?

1. Is A Bulletproof Vest For Everyone?

When most people think of bulletproof vests or body armor they imagine police and military personnel.  In fact some are under the impression that it is only legal and allowed for those people to buy, own, or wear them.  Nothing could be further from the truth in the United States of America.  

The simple fact is that it is legal for law-abiding US citizens to purchase bulletproof vests.  Connecticut implements the toughest body armor laws out of all states in the US. Residents are prohibited from purchasing or selling body armor with the exception of face to face sale. It means that if you are selling body armor online, you are not allowed to sell to residents of Connecticut.  Anyone who doesn’t have a felony conviction is able to simply purchase a vest. The only other limitation on buying bulletproof vests is they must be purchased domestically. 

2. The Cost Of A Bulletproof Vest

There are many different types of bulletproof vests.  They range in quality, ballistic performance, durability, cost, and more. 

It is critical to choose wisely when you’re selecting a bulletproof vest.  While a lot of people search for cheap bulletproof vests, choosing to spend a little more for superior protection is well worth it.  

When push comes to shove, you should equip your family and yourself with quality products.  Some bulletproof vests just don’t hold up well even if they have a warranty. This is especially true if they don’t have waterproof capabilities, since danger doesn’t always just happen on sunny days. When the storms come, be ready with waterproof bulletproof vest options.

3. Buying The Right Size

The size of the bulletproof vest you choose is important.  The right size protects properly and it grants you better comfort and mobility.  Quality vest manufacturers offer various sizes to fit different frames of people.  In addition, the best bulletproof vest manufacturers produce specific female body armor vests.

You don’t want your vest to be too loose fitting.  While a loose vest may feel more comfortable, it will not protect as well.  Measure your chest and waist carefully when selecting your vest and use our Citizen Armor Sizing Chart for any of our soft body armor.   This will help you get the correct fit and best ballistic performance out of your bulletproof vest.

4. Comfort Is Key

There are soft body armor options and hard plate carriers.  The comfort of these vests will vary. Clearly soft body armor is going to offer you superior comfort.  This means you are more likely to wear the vest more frequently. 

Comfort also matters when it comes to your vest becoming a distraction. In a dangerous situation, you want your focus on survival, not any discomfort from wearing a hard armor plate.  

5. Mobility Matters

With advances in ballistic material research, quality threat level IIIA bulletproof vests offer superior comfort.  They are lightweight, flexible, and form fitting. If you’re wearing a vest that is too small or too large it will impact your mobility as well.  

During a crisis, your ability to move fast, kneel, crouch, run, or lay down all matter.  Your bulletproof vest needs to allow you to do this as well as possible. With a vest that offers better mobility, your ability to enter and exit vehicles quickly is improved. 

6. How much do Bulletproof Vests weigh?

The weight of your bulletproof vest has a huge impact on comfort and wearability.  With the advancement of ballistic materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene microfiber, bulletproof vests have become lighter weight.  

In a tactical situation, the heavier your gear is, the slower you will be.  Many body armor buyers ask, “Why is body armor so heavy??”  Some bulletproof vest companies produce Level 3A vests that weigh a whopping 22 pounds!  That’s like carrying around a 3 year old in the middle of a firefight.  In fact, these vests are so heavy that many owners wear them jogging as added weight to increase the difficulty of their workouts. 

Compare that to our range of lightweight body armor , which start at only 2lbs 2oz. Even our SHTF Tactical Bulletproof Vest weighs in at 10lbs 12oz in the largest size.  That means our heaviest tactical vest is less  than half the weight of the leading competitor while still providing the same level of protection.  So when choosing a vest, weight should be a big part of the equation. If a situation calls for running, jumping, or simply being agile, you will not want to be wearing a vest that limits your mobility by weighing you down.

While there is a balance between weight and protection, Protek™ Armor by Citizen Armor offers the lightest weight and threat level IIIA protection.  With our technologies, there is no reason to sacrifice either weight or performance!

7. Should It Be Concealable?

Every situation is different. If your vest is visible, an assailant may choose to target areas that are not protected by your vest.  Concealable bulletproof vests provide discreet tactical protection.  

There is also the appearance to consider when wearing a vest full time.  If you’re in an industry where a visible vest may cause panic or send the wrong message, concealable armor is the way to go.

8. Bulletproof Durability

There are many approaches to how bulletproof vests are made. Some focus on being cheap and selling a higher quantity of vests while others focus on performance and durability.  The materials used will affect how long the vest will last, how they absorb sweat, price, comfort, and maintenance.  

Citizen Armor offers vests in Standard and Elite options.  Our standard vest competes with the highest quality competitors with antimicrobial, sweat wicking, Protek graphene microfibers with aramid fibers (Kevlar) materials that boast a 5-Year Warranty.

Our Elite Armor offers superior durability.  We use the latest technologies such as graphene microfiber with polyethylene to offer a waterproof bulletproof vest option that is also impervious to UV light and the environment.  This level of durable protection has a 7-Year Warranty.

9. Kevlar Bulletproof Vests

Kevlar is a brand of aramid fibers and is combined with our Protek graphene microfibers in our Standard armor. Body armor with aramid fibers is the industry standard for soft or hard panels across various manufacturers.  While Kevlar is designed to be durable, it is not impervious to water, UV rays or the environment when used alone, and, it does wear out over time.  

Our Elite Armor outperforms Kevlar in terms of weight, ballistic performance, and it’s waterproof characteristics.  Consider carefully how you plan on using your vest and choose the correct level of protection for your needs.

10. Bulletproof Rating Levels

The NIJ (National Institute of Justice) uses an armor rating system which can be used as guidelines for choosing protection levels in soft body armor. These armor rating levels are I, II-A, II, III-A, III, AND IV. 

Every bulletproof vest is rated into 1 of 6 levels.  Each level has an additional A level modifier that indicates it performs a little better.   Level 1, the entry level, protects against low-velocity small caliber rounds. The highest level of protection is IV and is typically only used by the military. Citizen Armor provides level IIIA protection in soft body armor.

Bulletproof Vest Rating Levels

Choosing the protection level that meets your needs will help you manage the cost of providing body armor for yourself and your family.  

11. Vest Warranties

Like everything in life you must pay attention to quality and if a warranty is offered.  Vest manufacturers use a wide variety of materials in the production of their vests.  This and other factors mean that warranties will vary. Choose quality and either a 5-Year or 7-Year warranty vest from Citizen Armor.  

12. Caring For A Bulletproof Vest

Once you’ve got your bulletproof vest, caring for it protects your investment.  The better you care for your vest, the longer it will last and the better it will perform.  Even the latest and greatest materials must be cared for properly. Keep in mind that these materials are sensitive to bleach, dry cleaning, bar soaps, cleaning chemicals, and household detergents. Read our care and cleaning PDF here

Need Help Choosing A Bulletproof Vest?

Our team is impartial, experienced, and puts your needs first.  Allow the body armor experts at Citizen Armor to help you choose the best combination of performance, durability, cost, and application to fit your needs.  You can call us at 801-758-0588 or email at info@citizenarmor.com.

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