Rigid and Concealment
There are two forms of Rifle Armor available on the market today. FRAS or Friction Reduction Suspension is actually a rubberized coating that is sprayed onto the inside of the rifle and is meant to reduce friction when the rifle is in motion. The same substance is used on pistol armor to make it less deflective. FRAS does not have the benefit of reducing the hardness while wearing an actual vest, which leaves Rifle Armor needing to be more flexible in shape to provide the best protection available.
Rigid FRAS, also called bullet resistant apparel, is the least expensive form of rifle rounds body armor. FRAS is made of rubber and the material does a good job at stopping the majority of rifles from reaching the vitals of a vest wearer. This does not mean that all rifles will be stopped by the same product however; since different firearms will fire at different velocities there will be differences in the stopping power of each type of round. Rifle rounds that are one hundred grains or less will be stopped by standard Rigid FRAS easily. As rifle ammunition ages the rubber begins to stiffen making it more difficult to wear and effective at stopping rounds.
standard bullet proof vest materials
Concealed FRAS, or fiberglass reinforced organic material, is made in the same manner as standard FRAS but comes with a much longer neck that wraps around the entire vest piece. Because of this extra length on the neck of the vest the material actually adds length to your total armor length. The added length creates an increase in density which in turn makes the armor harder than standard bullet proof vest materials, but soft armor still has benefits that make it a great choice for defense applications.
Soft armor can be worn over regular ballistic plates or underneath a vest. These plates are specifically designed to resist impact and are often placed on vehicles, assault rifles, handguns and high-powered firearms. Many manufacturers offer different color options for the ballistic plate that you choose, which can blend seamlessly into your existing gun belt, vehicle, or even dress shirt. The addition of soft armor plates to your personal protection equipment not only increases its effectiveness in stopping dangerous objects, but it also adds a layer of comfort that will prevent you from getting severely hurt should you take a fall.
Hard armor plates are typically used on hand guns
There are two main types of Rifle armor plate that you can choose from: hard armor and soft armor. Hard armor plates are typically used on hand guns to stop projectiles, while soft armor plates are used on many self-defense tactical vests and other items. Each type of hard armor plate has advantages and disadvantages depending on what you are specifically looking for.
For example, since high velocity rifle rounds traveling at fast speeds will often travel at over two miles per second it would be impractical to have heavy amounts of hard armor plates on your vest. This would defeat the purpose of having a self-defense weapon in the first place and would leave you more vulnerable should you ever find yourself in real life physical danger. In reality, there is rarely any need for heavy amounts of protective body armor in a typical circumstance because you can simply stop the object with your body before it damages or impairs you. Soft armor plates, on the other hand, are not only designed to stop dangerous pellets fired from rifles and other similar firearms, but they can also be used to increase the overall comfort and fit of your vest or other self-defense item.