The Correct Protection Levels and Types for Preppers
So you have solved various problems that you'll have to face in case something happens and our own civilized way of life ends. You've thought of food, shelter, water, facilities but what happens when everybody else, who didn't prepare start coveting your supplies? What's that? Yes, security. Now I've seen a lot of preppers that have an assault rifle, a kevlar helmet and a tactical vest? What? There is something wrong with that.
If you want to protect your family from the effects of the collapse of society you better not die right away. See, what some preppers forget is that no amount of firepower will stop a sneak attack. This threat worsens if you haven't had any type of military training. You could be a victim of a concealed assailant, remember if you can't see them you can't shoot at them.
What I recommend is to consider buying a bulletproof vest. There are many kinds of vests with wide applications and price ranges. Don't forget that one of the cardinal principal of preparedness is to be frugal. So, I'll tell how to make the most of your resources.
There are many things to consider here, the first is to go for soft or hard protection. If you go for soft protection it will be easier to hide under your clothes. With hard protection the vest will have to be worn over your clothes; although it protects from more threats, it is heavier.
Another thing to consider is that bulletproof vests are divided into 6 different types according to how fast they can dissipate kinetic energy. This is a fancy way to say that they are organized according to the kinds of bullets they can stop. The entity responsible for this classification is the US National Justice Institute or NIJ. The two main types I recommend are: type II and III-A.
Don't consider buying a level I (if you can find one, they have been very hard to find lately since they are only certified to stop 22s) or II-A which is still too low. Type II-A can only stop 9 mm bullets all the way up to 40 caliber S&W. The problem is that, as everybody prepares for contingencies and more powerful rifles are available, you will be left unprotected if you go with the average. Going a little over would be a good idea. Consider type II protection.
Type II is still made with Kevlar, it is very flexible and is proven to stop all bullets a type II-A and also all the way up to 357 magnums. Another alternative is the type III-A that can stop high velocity rounds from 9 mm, All the way up to a 44 caliber magnum round. It will protect you from a full metal jacket round nose bullet traveling up to 1400 feet per second.
Now from type II to III-A can be obtained with stab and spike protection!
The first thing right off the bat is: “A bulletproof vest WON'T protect you from a stab wound” – says body armor experts at safeguardclothing an online bulletproof vest manufacturer. Kevlar is not designed to prevent lacerations; it is designed to dissipate force. So, in order to be protected from a knife or even an ice pick you'll have to make different arrangements.
So, just like the types of ballistic vests there are also stab proof vest levels. These are sanctioned by the NJI as well. These are organized by the amount of impact energy needed to stab. Level 1 will stop a military grade knife that's coming at you at 24 joules. Level 2 will protect you from 33 joules and level 3 will stop a knife generating 43 joules. For reference, level 3 can protect you from a force 20 percent greater than an average adult male can produce. There are also 3 levels of spike protection too, this is different since the force of a spike like an ice pick is concentrated on a very tiny area and it can still defeat stab protection. Get the highest level of spike protection possible, no questions asked.