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A ballistic vest is an item of protective clothing that absorbs impacts from gun-fired projectiles and shrapnel fragments from explosions. A soft vest, made from many layers of woven or laminated fibers, protects the wearer’s torso from projectiles fired from handguns, shotguns, and small fragments from explosives such as hand grenades. If metal or ceramic plates are used with a soft vest, it can protect the wearer from rifle shots as well. When combined with metallic components or tightly woven fiber layers, soft armor offers some protection to the wearer from stab and slash from a knife. Soft vests are commonly worn by police forces, private citizens, and private security guards, and hard-plate reinforced vests are mainly worn by combat soldiers in the armies of various nations as well as police armed response units.

These are normally produced in light colors. They are designed to be as thin as possible, making them unnoticeable when worn under clothing. As they are worn under clothes they will often feature moisture-wicking fabrics which will help to keep the wearer cool when worn for long periods. They are suitable for people that don’t want others to know they are wearing a piece of body armor, for example, door supervisors, undercover operatives, and close protection officers.
These are designed to be worn over your clothes. Generally, they will be black, however, they are also produced in a variety of colors when required. For example, bulletproof vests worn by members of the media in war zones are blue, security personnel will often wear high visibility bulletproof vests, and vests worn by the military will come in camouflage designs. Overt armor is normally thicker and harder to wear than covert armor. Overt vests are worn by people such as police officers, security guards, and members of the military.
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SafeGuard Armor Disclaimer:
SafeGuard Armor cannot be held responsible for any injuries that may occur when wearing ballistic protective wear. Our products are tested in certified laboratory conditions in line with the standards set by the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The product you purchase will offer ballistic protection up to and including the size of the weapon and ammunition listed in official NIJ documentation, as well as any weapons and ammunitions outlined in lower levels. Your body armor cannot and will not protect against any ammunition or weapon at a higher caliber or strength. Ballistic protection can never be 100% guaranteed; body armor is ‘bullet resistant’, not ‘bulletproof’. Whilst our products are guaranteed to meet the appropriate standards of testing and safety, SafeGuard Armor is not liable for any injuries sustained while wearing ballistic protective wear.