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When shopping for body armor, it’s important to educate yourself on the pros and cons of different body armor materials and plate carrier options. At RMA Armament, we want you to get the best armor and tactical gear that fits your task and purpose. There are many facets to the subject of body armor – and buying it is the first step to having the right level of protection for you. Questions like, “Is body armor multi-hit rated,” or “How do I properly size body armor” come up often and we’re here to provide you with all the answers to your armor plate questions. [+] Read more

What is Body Armor?

Body armor and body armor plates are protective pieces of wearable equipment designed to defeat handgun and rifle rounds. While tactical body armor is mainly thought of as body armor plates or bulletproof vests, it also covers a wide range of safety equipment that can cover many different parts of the body for additional protection.

Typically, body armor has been known to protect military personnel, but today it is also used by various types of law enforcement, security guards and law-abiding civilians as well.

Whether you’re deciding on the sizing of body armor plates and plate carrier, to the type of ballistic helmet, soft armor, mag pouches, etc., you need, RMA Armament is your one stop source for the proper body armor protection – armor plates proudly made in the USA! RMA manufactures

If you have any questions on our body armor products and accessories, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask. If you work in law enforcement, we have a police guide to body armor designed specifically for you, which will answer questions about the type of body armor you’ll need – soft body armor, armor plate inserts, or other accessories to complete your plate carrier loadout.

Body Armor Levels

RMA has a lot of body armor for sale, so choosing the right soft armor or ballistic rifle plates for your personal needs can be a difficult task. You open up RMA’s web store and see over 20 armor plate models across five different ballistic levels. A pretty daunting task, right? Especially for someone brand new to the world of ballistic body armor protection.

With the importance of self-protection at an all-time high in the United States, we help you break down your body armor selection into simpler terms to help you understand the differences across Level IIIa bulletproof vests, Level IIIa hard armor, Level III, Level III+ and Level IV rifle rated armor in an easy to read guide on How to Choose the Best Body Armor.

RMA Armament also has a ballistics chart that you can reference to determine which rounds a given soft armor tactical vest or hard armor plate is able to defeat.

If you have any questions on RMA Armament’s wide selection of armor products, or if you need assistance in determining the best body armor for your specific needs, please call us at 866-978-7103 or contact us via email.

Is it Legal to Wear Body Armor?

Body armor of any kind is entirely civilian legal in 49 states unless you have a prior felony conviction. The possession of body armor is only a liability under criminal law if you possess or wear it during the commission of a crime. Otherwise, body armor is 100% civilian legal.

It is important to note that the state of New York has recently banned the purchase and ownership of body for anyone who is not in law enforcement or a first responder. Here is a full list of those who are still eligible to own and wear body armor in the state of New York.

What is the Highest Level of Body Armor?

A civilian may purchase any level of body armor they wish, from level 2a body armor to level 4 plates. There is no level 5 body armor. If you are a resident of Connecticut, you are not allowed to purchase body armor outside of a face-to-face transaction, but all body armor is still legal for civilians to own.

Types of Body Armor

Generally speaking, there are two types of body armor; soft armor and hard armor. Soft body armor ranges from Level II to Level IIIa and is capable of defeating common hand gun rounds. Soft body armor is typically found in a bulletproof vest that all those in law enforcement wear

For those who need to be protected against rifle rounds, hard body armor is a must. The most common types of hard armor is Level III body armor, Level III+ body armor and Level IV body armor. Depending on the types of rounds you want your armor to defeat will greatly inform the body armor levels that the user will want to purchase.

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