This stand alone vest (carrier "vest" + inserted ballistic panels) DOES give FULL level IIIA protection... The highest you can get in comfortable "soft" body armor. It will stop most pistol and shotgun rounds.A test 44 magnum shot at point blank only penetrated halfway. Outer Shell: Oxford cotton blend, elastic. Protection area: Front, Back, Side (Waist specific). Made from Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, or UHMWPE for short.
UHMWPE when it is used for body armor it is created using a process called gel-spinning. This involves drawing dissolved ethylene through a series of small holes, which creates a gel material. Two pieces of this gel are then sealed within polyethylene film, and this creates a composite that can then be made into both flexible, lightweight ballistic panels, or more rigid, hard armor plates. Research has shown that the strength-to-weight ratio for UHMWPE can be up to 40% higher than that of traditional para-aramid fibers (Kevlar®). Because of this it is becoming increasingly popular in today's body armor.
Body armor may not be possessed by convicted felons in some states, and perhaps others. Otherwise currently allowed for legal civilian personal defense use. Ensure you are lawful to own body armor in your jurisdiction.This model complies with NIJ Standard-0101.06 for Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor. The item "NEW Small Concealable Bulletproof Vest Plate Carrier Body Armor Level III A 3A" is in sale since Monday, December 9, 2013. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Tactical & Duty Gear\Body Armor & Plates". The seller is "ruggedearthsport" and is located in Pensacola, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.