The Dangers of Wearing Too Much Body Armor
Body Armor is a necessity if you are planning to take up Martial Arts or Security Training. If you don’t have Body Armor then your students may end up unprotected at some point during their training and you could be putting your life at risk. It is also a great way to protect yourself from injury if you participate in competitions. While these products may seem unnecessary, you cannot overlook them when planning for your classes.
There are seven do’s and don’ts
for proper maintenance and care of your hard body armor to ensure that your protective vest is in great condition as long as you can. So let us be honest here most of us do not bother reading the directions that come with each purchase of body armor. Here are the seven do’s and don’ts that will help you with proper body armor testing. Follow the procedures laid out below and you will be sure to get the most out of your gear.
Do wear protective clothing around your body armor
Especially for the softer armor plates, you are going to want to wear a long sleeve shirt, lightweight pants, and possibly a dust mask. You should never wear anything that is too tight or covers too much, as this will make it harder for you to draw the gun. Also, always check that your clothing doesn’t have any visible gunk on it before putting it through the clay firing range.
Do dry the vest first
You can put the entire piece of body armor through the modeling clay at high temperatures and the bottom layer can warp or melt. This isn’t really a problem if you are just shooting clay targets at close range, but it does affect the effectiveness of the vest. When you dry the vest first you will be able to accurately hit the clay targets without the risk of any shrinkage or shrinking of the armor plate.
Don’t bend or compress the body armor
You should avoid bending over to put the vest on. This increases the risk of the vest caving in and crushing your leg or foot. The bend will also increase the likelihood of shrapnel or fragments from your target exploding into your body. Fragments can also be carried by the wind and disperse inside your vest causing serious injuries.
Don’t wear too protective pieces of body armor
Too much protection is not necessary, so don’t wear two pieces on the same area of your body. The vest will cover up whatever area you are wearing a second piece for and while the vest does offer some protection it doesn’t offer anywhere near the level of protection offered by a bulletproof vest. Always wear a bulletproof vest and never wear two ballistic vests, you’ll thank yourself.