Kevlar Guide

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Kevlar. That wonderful material that stops bullets and lets you live to see another day. Everybody loves it, everybody wants it, and pretty much every player uses it. But just how good is that Kevlar vest of yours? Can it really stop a 12-gauge shotgun blast at point blank? That's what this guide was made for.


Before we get onto actual Kevlar ratings, there are a number of things you got to take into account when you're waltzing around the wastes with that full suit of combat armor layered over your black clothing and decide to jump into the path of a few bullets.


Things to consider about your body armor:

 * It's very likely to be well over 100 years old.
 * It's probably got lots of wear and tear from previous owners.
 * Kevlar armor is heavy, which makes it exhausting to wear 24/7.
 * Kevlar builds up heat and doesn't breathe, which makes it exhausting to wear when traveling through a desert.
 * The higher the rating, the heavier and hotter the armor gets.
 * It may stop the bullet from killing you, but rarely stops it from hurting like a bitch and a half when you get hit.
 * It can only withstand so much punishment before failing to stop bullets entirely.

Kevlar Ratings



Class I

Protects you against bullets ranging from .22 Short to .38 Special. Primarily used for limb guards and stopping fragments. Not considered effective body armor by the National Institute of Justice, but better than nothing.


What items fall under this?: Older flak jackets, horribly abused normal Kevlar vests.


Class IIa

Protects you against bullets ranging from 9mm to .40 S&W(about the same as .45ACP), plus those accounted for in the classes before it.


What items fall under this?: Undercover body armor such as bulletproof shirts.


Class II

Protects you against bullets ranging from over-pressured 9mm to .357 Magnum rounds, plus those accounted for in classes before it.


What items fall under this?: Most concealable Kevlar vests, decent flak jackets.


Class IIIa

Protects you against bullets up to .44 Magnum and the odd medium-distance shotgun blast, plus those accounted for in classes before it.


What items fall under this?: Police body armor, top-grade concealable armor, lesser concealable vests with metal plates bolted on.


Class III

Protects you against bullets ranging from 5.45x39mmR to 7.62x51mm NATO, plus those accounted for in classes before it. Features ballistic plates that can also provide some protection from blades, although they can easily shatter with repeated abuse and thus be rendered useless, causing the armor to cease protection against bullets.


What items fall under this?: Plated Mil spec/SWAT body armor, Combat Armor


Class IV

Protects you against bullets as powerful as .30-06 Armor Piercing, and as always, those accounted for in classes before it. Features ballistic plates that can also provide some protection from blades, although they can easily shatter with repeated abuse and thus be rendered useless, causing the armor to cease protection against bullets.


What items fall under this?: Rare, custom-made Kevlar body armor

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