Hard armor, also known as ballistic vests, are lightweight heavy plates usually made of compressed fiberglass with a hard steel covering or laminated ceramic front. Soft armor, which is often referred to as battle vests, are more durable and less prone to puncturing as soft plates are. Ballistic vests and soft armor are also used interchangeably. These vests are commonly used by soldiers, sailors, and hikers as protection against flailing or slashing objects.
There are several types of hard armor plates that can be attached to rifles or shotguns of different models and manufacturers. Some examples are the following: shotgun and rifle plate carriers, combat shotgun and rifle plate carriers, vehicle and construction plate carriers, and combat vehicle and construction plate carriers. Each type of hard armor plate is designed for a particular application. These plates must meet specific requirements before they may be included on a firearm.
For example, a shotgun and rifle plate carrier must meet certain dimensions, whereas a vehicle and construction plate carrier must have certain specifications. It is important to note that manufacturers of this type of armor do not build any guns or shootouts with hard armor. Manufacturers are only permitted to manufacture plate carriers for firearms if they can demonstrate that the armor is sufficiently strong enough to withstand any force coming from an assailant’s hand. As long as the carrier is able to withstand the force of the blow, it will work.