As noted, the German police ballistic vest is a surplus vest. These vests were used by law enforcement agents in Germany but have since been removed from service and replaced with new vests. Typically, vests manufactured using Kevlar® and other synthetic aramids are given a 5-year shelf life, after which government mandates require they be retired from service. Though these vests have exceeded their 5-year warranty, they are in excellent condition and ready to serve. We cannot, however, guarantee any level of ballistic protection. Before moving I should answer a few questions – namely, what is Kevlar® and how does it work?
Kevlar® is a synthetic fiber that is known for its high-tensile strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it effectively five times as strong as steel of a comparable weight. Because of this property, it is often spun into sheets that are used in the construction of personal armor such as combat helmets, ballistic vests and more. By layering Kevlar® panels, ballistic vests are able to absorb the impact of a bullet and spread it across a large portion of the vest. This is why the term bullet-resistant vest is more appropriate than bulletproof vest. Moreover, serious injury may still occur alongside the use of the ballistic vests and other body armor.
The German police ballistic vest is a side-opening ballistic vest made up of a soft carrier and two Kevlar® panels. The front panel covers the chest, upper abdomen and oblique areas while the rear panel protects the back. Four Velcro® straps, two on each side, are used to secure a tight fit. The real draw with these vests, however, is the fact that they are easily concealed and can be worn underneath shirts or jackets. This particular vest is only available in one size, medium (M). Ballistic vests should not be purchased according to t-shirt sizes. These vests are suitable for those with chests measuring between 38 and 40 inches.
Because the German police ballistic vest was manufactured in Germany, its level of ballistic protection is in accordance with German standards. This vest is rated for the German SK-1 classification. Prior to expiration, it offered a level of protection that was the equivalent of a vest rated for Level IIIA protection in accordance with the National Institute of Justice Standard 0101.06 for performance requirements. In general Level IIIA protection is rated for impacts from projectiles in the following calibers: 44 Magnum, .357 SIG, .357 Magnum, .45 ACP, .40 S&W, 9x19mm Parabellum, .380 ACP and .22 LR. For specific ratings in regards to bullet weights and velocities, please visit the official website for the National Institute of Justice. Again, because these vests have exceeded their life expectancies, we offer no guarantee regarding their level of ballistic protection.
Surplus ballistic vests are popular among security guards, off-duty police officers, correctional officers and others who may require body armor when venturing into dangerous situations. Though we cannot guarantee any protection, the German police ballistic vest should provide you with some peace of mind and is available in the following colors: black, white and tan. Consider picking one up today for $149.95.
Note: As with all expired body armor and ballistic vests, we cannot guarantee any level of protection. If you are in doubt, we recommend buying a new product with a current manufacturer's warranty.