Public and Personal Security and Protection seems to be high on a lot of agendas recently. Knife and Gun Crime is on the rise, or so we are told.
Part of me feels that perhaps the increase in these kinds of attacks is not as great as is made out, but is focussed upon by Newspapers and TV because of it's shock value. This incease in Public Awareness is having an effect though...
We have seen a definate increase in sales of Ballistic and Stab Rated Vests and Waistcoats since we first started stocking them last year. It was on the basis of these enquires that we now actively seek these kinds of Protective Products when talking to our suppliers.
So what's the difference between a Bullet Proof Vest and a Stab Proof Vest?
To the un-trained eye very little. We stock items that are just Ballistic Rated and some that are Ballistic and Stab Rated, but they seem to be made from the same, if not very similar material; KEVLAR.
The modern vests are Flexible and Lightweight, that allows thatem to be worn for lon periode and means that they can mould to the wearers body shape. This is particularly handy when it comes to Covert Vests.
In fact, all of the Ballistic Inserts, that have had there outer plastic layer damaged, taht I have seen are made up from approximately 12-14 Layers of KEVLAR.
There are some Inserts, particularly the ones made by Meggitt, that have the Kevlar Panels Re-inforced with Chainmail.
Buying used Vests
All of our vests are Ex-MOD or Police items. Usually obsolete or older models that have been disposed of by the respective force. None of our items come with a Guarantee or Warantee and it's up to you to decide whether or not the item is fit for purpose.
All of our listings contain the Ballistic/Stab Specification detail on said article. This can range from almost nothing to Ballistic specifics including Impact Velocitoes and Calibre Info. However, I only include these as a guide you, the customer.
I will say this though, we had the idea of re-shaping some Bullet Proof inserts to fit a load of Covert Carrier Vests we had. I tried scissros, a Stanley Knife and Scapel Blades to try and trim down the Kevlar and it took forever. The end result, a very frusterated me with several blisters on his hands. We have since purchase a motorised fabic cutter, traditionally used in the Clothing Industry, to make my life easier.
Who have sold to?
Secutory Guards have to be the most popular client, however, we have had Doctors and Teaching Staff approach us for Vests. We've also sold one to a guy who didn't feel safe walkng his dog at night!