Tactical vests are a must-have piece for survivalists and those preparing for any apocalyptic day where they have to fight it out. (If in the event of an invasion, this will come into much needed use.)Some get one because it’s a nice looking thing, but the hardcore people buy it for its actual use and value a strategic vest delivers. These vests are adjustable, including a holster to hold a handgun, and a few other holsters for rifle and shotgun magazines, plus Velcro that gives extra pockets. There are various tactical vests available on for civilians anywhere, but the basic vest will be designed like this.
In terms of non-ballistic tactical vests, they are not as expensive and a lighter to wear. They are worn mainly by law enforcement during raids and shootouts, matching a person’s weight and form for comfort. These kinds of vests have non-ballistic training plates and carriers and soft body armor insert panels. Protective inserting plates can be made to duplicate the size, weight, and firmness of a ballistic plate. Active shooter vests, another form of a non-ballistic tactical vest, have a carrier, curved plates along the torso, pockets for different panels, and hook and loop fasteners.
Among those groups who wear non-ballistic tactical vests include police officers, SWAT, the National Guard, and riot squads to fend off blunt force attacks, rock throwers, and chemical throws. They are all shock absorbing and fire resistant and are built to give the most safety to the chest, back, and shoulders during operations. They take on bullets from handguns and shotguns; it’s not meant to be worn directly when dealing with military fire and situations. That’s the primary difference between the two.
Ballistic tactical vests are worn primarily by the military because of the use of bullets that can pierce non-ballistic vests, even with the plates. They are heavy and filled with many pockets because it is necessary for a heavy-duty job. Ballistic vests don’t have that many pockets, but just enough for extra casings and bullets for standard law enforcement when engaging suspects. Since there will be some running required, especially in chases, they must be lightweight for officers. But, the plating inside the vests is bulletproof and protects them effectively from consistent fire in shootout situations.
Non-ballistic armor is also made for the arms, legs, shins, and groin regions. They are all meant for serious local fighting that takes place rather than military scenarios, but they shield our police officers that put themselves in the line of fire. All civilians can buy this armory, including vests, from anywhere that sell guns and all forms of body shields. There are many brands and businesses that sell them on the Internet that survivalists and self-defense enthusiasts can buy and do fit for anyone who is interested in the city (laws pending) or in the rural areas.