Ballistic helmets are one of the most important tools for personal ballistic protection. Also known as tactical helmets, they are designed to provide head protection against bullets, shrapnel and other potential blunt force trauma that an operator may encounter. [+] Read more
Whether you’re in the military or law enforcement and looking for ballistic helmet protection, identifying your needs and assessing advantages and trade-offs are vitally important when making an informed decision. Much like hard armor plates, one must assess the importance between maximizing ballistic protection and minimizing weight with your tactical ballistic helmet purchase. Typically, the more lightweight a helmet is, the more expensive it will be.
While RMA Armament does not yet manufacture its own ballistic helmets, we do supply protection from the leader in American Made helmets – Avon Protection. When you buy a ballistic helmet, it’s important to know whether you’re purchasing something American-made for duty use, or whether it’s an overseas knockoff. And when it comes to protecting your own head, settle for nothing less than the best ballistic helmet.
What Are Ballistic Helmets Made Of?
Much like lightweight Level III and IIIa body armor, ballistic helmets are manufactured using high performing advanced aramids and ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE).
Avon Protection BA3A ballistic helmets shell materials are built from a hybrid construction of Advanced Aramid and Glass reinforced Thermoplastic Composites specifically designed for maximizing ballistic performance and head protection.
The Avon F90 Ballistic Helmet and our best ballistic helmet–the Avon F70 high cut ballistic helmet–are manufactured with Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) materials that produce higher ballistic performance at lighter weights, meaning tactical ballistic helmets are both stronger and lighter, along with their streamlined high cut ballistic helmet design for adding communications, lights, night vision, and other accessories.
Can a Ballistic Helmet Stop a Bullet?
Yes. All Avon Protection tactical ballistic helmets that RMA supplies are tested to defeat 9mm FMJ and 44 mag at 1400-1450 ft/sec. The Avon F70 ballistic helmet is also fragmentation tested in accordance to NATO STANAG, 17 grain, .22 caliber FSP as well at 2200 ft/sec, while the Avon F90 ballistic helmet is fragmentation tested to defeat the same .22 caliber round at 2625 ft/sec.
There are many non-ballistic helmets on the market as well, popularly known as bump helmets. While bump helmets are not capable of stopping bullets, they do provide protection against other impacts that one may encounter, like blunt force impact or falling debris, similar to a bicycle helmet or climbing helmet.
Do Ballistic Helmets Expire?
Much like ballistic body armor, ballistic helmets have a warranty period as well. Avon Protection has a ballistic warranty period of 5 years on the BA3A helmet and a 10 year warranty period on both the F70 and F90 high cut ballistic helmets. While Aramid and Polyethylene don’t have a definite expiration in stable shelf storage, there are many environmental factors that can affect their performance over time.
It is recommended that like all body armor, any regularly used product that is exposed to environmental conditions such as rain, ultraviolet light, impacts, heat, cold, and more be replaced after the expiration of their warranty period.
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