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Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is a bullet proof vest made from?

2) What is Blunt Trauma Shield (BTS) and why is it used?

3) Can your body armour defeat all threats?

4) How is the body armour tested and where is it tested?

5) Which level of protection should I get?

6) What is the difference between soft and hard armour?

7) Are all vests stab and spike resistant?

8) What vest sizes are available?

9) How does Armourshield maintain a consistant product?

10) No vest is ever tested prior to attack. How does an end user know it will work?

QUESTION 1: What is a bullet proof vest made from?

The protective pack in a vest is usually made from multiple layers of material manufactured from:

  • a) Para aramid fibres such as Kevlar® or Twaron®
  • b) Polyethylene materials such as Dyneema® or Spectra Shield®

The addition of the Armourshield Advantage blunt trauma shield significatly enhances the protection against internal injuries.

See Armourshield Advantage page for more information.

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QUESTION 2: What is BTS (Blunt Trauma Shield) and why is it used?

The patented Blunt Trauma System (BTSTM) protects the wearer from the effects of blunt trauma by absorbing energy and distributing impact forces over a much larger area. BTSTM protects vital organs and reduces blunt trauma by up to 35%. The system allows for overall trauma protection while still allowing for maximum comfort. Most ArmourShield vests are equipped with BTSTM as a standard feature located between the ballistic material and the wearer's body. Best of all because of its paper like flexibility BTSTM is almost unnoticeable. "Our Blunt Trauma System covers it all from front to rear". This unique system covers 100% of the ballistic protective panel with total flexibility and can be under 1mm thick.

See Armourshield Advantage page for more information.

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QUESTION 3: Can your body armour defeat all threats?

World wide, wearers of body armour face many different threats, for instance there are many forms of hand gun, machine gun and rifle ammunition. Standards have been created by many countries to suit their local requirements (such as NIJ USA). No body armour manufacturer can guarantee that their products are 100% bullet proof, but protect to a certain threat level.

See Ballistic Standards page for more information.

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QUESTION 4: How is the armour tested and where is it t$ested?

All Armourshield products are tested at our in house testing facilities. Armourshield houses a 15 meter range which allows us to test our products against the toughest ballistic standards and permits us to carry out quality testing on the products we manufacture. Armourshield also houses a knife and spike testing rig capable of the full range of stab and spike testing. Armourshield products can be tested at independent test facilities to verify their performance.

See In House Testing page for more information.

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QUESTION 5: What level of protection should i get?

The level of protection needed depends on the threats you are likely to encounter in your area of work. Please consult our Ballistic Standards page for more information or for further assistance please contact us.

See Ballistic Standards page for more information.

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QUESTION 6: What's the difference between soft and hard armour?

Soft armour is only effective against hand gun and shotgun rounds. Vests require an upgrade plate for the armour to withstand rounds from high velocity weapons. To add further protection to soft armour, an upgrade plate is inserted within pockets on the vest. Armourshield composite ceramic panels can stop rifle rounds at high velocities and can include protection against Armour Piercing ( also incendiary API ) rounds.

See Ballistic Standards page for more information.

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QUESTION 7: Are all vests stab resistant

Not all ballistic vests are stab and spike resistant. Multi threat packages are available to protect against both ballistic and knife/spike threats. Please check the vest specification to see the threat level met by each model.

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QUESTION 8: What vest sizes are available?

Standard sizes available are small, medium, large and extra large. Other sizes are available on special order. Armourshield models offer multiple points of adjustment to ensure a comfortable fit.

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QUESTION 9: How does Armourshield maintain a consistant product?

Armourshield retains an actual sample of materials used in every batch of vests manufactured. Batch numbers are placed on each individual item for full traceability.

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QUESTION 10: No vest is ever tested prior to attack. How does an end user know it will work

All vests are manufactured to meet specific ballistic standards and are thoughly tested to these standards before being put on the market. Random sample tests are undertaken on materials used during production. Critical material suppliers must provide certificates of conformance with their materials.

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