The short answer is yes. Civilians can own body armor. There is certain body armor on the market that manufacturers make available to specific agencies and special operations. At EOD Gear we provide both agencies and civilians some of the best and lightweight body armor available! You can either stop in at EOD Gear for a custom fitting or speak with one of our knowledgable staff at 877-363-2626.
There are two main types of body armor and they are broken down by Level. The two types are Pistol Rated known as soft armor and Rifle Rated known as hard armor. Soft armor is available as Level II and Level IIIA. Level II stops small handgun rounds such as a .38. Level IIIA stops all handgun rounds including the beloved .44 Magnum.
Hard armor or Level III and Level IV. Both levels stop all pistol rounds. Level IV is designed to stop AP, Armor Piercing rounds. Level IV has a drawback in that it is a lot more heavy and can be more expensive. Most civilians do not need a Level IV plate as you probably would not be in that kind of a gun fight. Level III armor is not rated to stop Armor Piercing rounds but some do well stopping an AP round. Level III will stop rounds from the most popular rifle in the US, the AR15 as well as stopping rounds from AK's.
Other types of armor plates include Green Tip, Special Threat and ICW which stands for In Conjunction With. ICW body armor plates must be used with a soft armor panel behind it to achieve the desired level of protection.
Factors in deciding which is best for you is your threat, how much weight you can wear over extended periods of time and your budget.
EOD Gear has been supplying lightweight Level III and Level IV armor for years to agencies, commands and civilians. Stop in for a custom fit or contact us at 877-363-2626 to schedule a consultation.