Armor For The Body And Windows Could Save Lives


It’s a common ploy directors have been using for years to surprise audiences. A character gets shot. You think he’s dead. But then, he gets up off the ground, revealing that he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

Hopefully, you are not in a situation in which getting shot is a distinct possibility. But if you have to travel through dangerous neighborhoods or if someone in your life is out to get you, it’s possible that body armor could save your life.

Once you decide to go that route, there are a variety of choices you can make, depending on your circumstances. These involve the thickness of the vest and the materials used to construct it, how much movement it allows you, how concealable it is and what the price is.

Nothing is 100 percent guaranteed, but you can increase your odds of survival based on your choice of which vest to wear and when to wear it. Here are six factors to consider when buying body armor:

  • Heat: No vest is going to be comfortable in the heat, but some are less uncomfortable than others.
  • Comfort: This becomes more of a factor the more you feel you need to wear your vest.
  • Freedom of movement: A vest could become as much of a liability as a help if it limits your ability to move. The thicker and bulkier it is, the more it will hinder your movements.
  • Weight: Depending on how long you’ll need to wear your vest at a time and how much movement you’ll require, this will affect your fatigue level.
  • Concealability: The advantage of wearing a vest could disappear if your assailant sees that you’re wearing it.
  • Cost: You have to determine how grave the threat is. It could be worth it to you to pay a little more for a vest if the end result is bruises rather than broken ribs. A stronger and more expensive vest may also enable you to return fire if you need to.

Now, if someone really wants to shoot you, they may not wait for you to go outside where you might be wearing your body armor. They may just take a shot at you through a window in your home. Fortunately, there is armor for windows as well.

People break into homes through doors far more often than through windows, which home invaders may view as too small or inconvenient to bother with. But if you’ve upgraded your doors and locks, your windows might become the next option for a would-be thief or assailant. Your windows may also be susceptible to wind, hail, golf balls, baseballs and a wide variety of other natural elements or man-made objects.

It might be time to start thinking about a cost-effective way to bolster your window security. Glass windows are brittle and can be dangerous when broken. But window film provides armor for these vulnerable spots in your house, with the ability to do everything from serving as shields against UV rays to protecting against projectiles and even bullets and explosives.

There are a number of different window film options with varying abilities to defend against winds, bullets and explosives, but Standard Safety window film is probably the best option for most people. It’s a sound investment in your home and could offer increased safety for you and your family.

–Frank Bates

Personal Liberty

Frank Bates

is a contributing writer to Patriot Headquarters, a new website featuring 100s of articles on how to be more self-reliant. Frank is also the founder of Food4Patriots, a supplier of emergency food suitable for long-term storage, survival and emergency preparedness.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.