Body Armor Levels

There are different ratings for body armor that determine comparative ability to stop bullets. The decision on different levels of armor will depend on the situation, but there are body armors that are designed to stop stronger rounds. It is important to understand the different levels of body armor in order to make the right decision in your purchase.

At ROE Tactical, we are built by individuals who have served in the military and have gone on to assist in law enforcement. We provide experience with our body armor and can give you a good understanding of the ratings system. Here is a look at some of the different ratings in order to assist in making the right purchase.

The Body Armor Rating System

The body armor rating system is used to determine the level of protection that a vest provides. The higher the level, the more protection it will provide. For example, a level 1 bullet proof vest is softer than a level 3 or 4. To get more technical, the level of the vest will be able to stop anything between .22 LR to Armor Piercing Rifles.

This is only part of the story, depending on whether the armor is new or conditioned, it is also going to be able to handle different types of shots depending on speed and distance. To get a better look at the body armor levels, here is some information on Level 3 and Level 4 body armor.

Level 3 Body Armor: III and IIIA

Level 3 body armor falls into two different categories, type III or IIIA. What’s the difference between these two? Type IIIA armor is still a soft-style kevlar base, which means it is designed to help protect against all sidearms, up to 9mm or .44 magnum rounds. Type IIIA is popular because it helps protect against the majority of threats one might encounter on the street or patrol–namely, sidearms. However, for situations that may involve rifle rounds, type III armor is more suitable.

Type III is the first level of “hard” plate armor. The plate is inserted into the carrier and together, this system helps dissipate ballistic energy to protect vital organs against higher-caliber rounds. Type III armor is designed to help protect against rounds from an AR-15 (.223) up to .762/ .308-caliber rounds.  Before deciding on a type of body armor, it’s important to carefully consider the risks of the situation you may be entering. Type III armor is bulkier and much heavier. However, being able to have reliable protection from handguns and higher-caliber rounds makes level III armor a favorite of law enforcement officers. Whichever level you decide is appropriate for your situation, we are here to provide you with the best gear on the market at fair prices.

Level 4 Body Armor

This type of body armor protects from military-grade armor piercing rounds. On top of this protection, it can handle at least single hit protection against any threat applied from Type I, IIA, II, IIIA, and III. This type of armor provides heavy duty protection from most weapons.

One thing to note, this type of armor is very thick and rigid. It can be hotter or more uncomfortable wearing this type of armor, but it is designed to give you the best mobility for the actions you will be performing. Military grade body armor is going to be stiffer but it provides more protection with the daily missions.

Find Level 3 and Level 4 Armor With ROE Tactical

If you are in the market for body armor, we have a range of options available. We understand the importance of providing the proper protection, and we’re happy to discuss your personal needs to help you find the best solution for your situation. To see more of our selection on body armor, click here or give us a call at 972.885.9003 to learn more!