A bulletproof jacket is worn to protect the torso from small-arms fire and light shrapnel from explosive devices. These jackets are consisting of many layers of fine and compacted woven fabric that absorbs the effect from high-speed projectiles. Bullet proof jackets can be accommodated with ceramic or metallic plates that are designed to protect the body from rifle fire or larger projectiles.

These jackets are often worn by the soldiers, military, law enforcement officials, and swat/police teams in situations where any suspicious firearm or other destructive device is found. Also Private Citizens, such as VIPs, hunters, gun store owners use them for their protection.

Body armor has proven that it dramatically decreases the wearer’s chances of death. And this is the valid reason that has led lawmakers to regulate the purchase of bullet proof jackets it so that criminals do not get the protection it provides. In many countries there are many restrictions on purchase of bulletproof jacket that include laws on how a vest may be purchased and by whom.

Many companies require legal paperwork by a law enforcement agency to purchase armor.  When purchasing body armor, one should not have criminal history. That means that it is your responsibility to make sure that you are legally allowed to purchase bullet proof jacket.

Who uses body armor?

Soldiers

Military Contractors

Police Departments

Press Reporters

Airport Police

Security Guards

Firearms Instructors

Store owners (e.g. expensive items, jewelry stores, etc.)

High Risk Communities

Bank Employees

Government Security

Law Enforcement

Emergency Teams

Executives

Also before purchasing body armor you should have knowledge for types of body armor.

Kevlar armor – It provides exceptional protection against ballistic threats. Jacket made of this material can stop a variety of bullets- from shotgun, to .44 magnum rounds.

Laminated Kevlar is effective against stab and spike. It is resistant to improvised weapons such as knives, shanks, and stabbing attacks with things like tools or broken bottles, etc.

Hard armor panels made of ceramic, polyethylene, or steel can offer the highest protection including rifle rounds.

Also please note that all body armor does not offer same protection and also do not forget that nothing is entirely bullet proof.

As per NIJ, body armor products are categorized into one of six levels.  Level I provide the least amount of protection and increases to Level IV which offers the most amount of protection.