As noted, the Garant Protection ballistic vest is a surplus vest. These vests were originally issued to 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 five-year shelf life, after which government mandates require they be retired from service. Though these vests have exceeded their five-year warranty, they are in excellent condition and appear to have never seen any service at all. We cannot, however, guarantee any level of ballistic protection.
The Garant Protection 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. Two elastic Velcro® straps are used to secure a tight fit around the abdomen. Additionally, each vest includes two ceramic up-armor plates for additional protection. The real draw with these vests, however, is the fact that they are easily concealed and can be worn underneath shirts or jackets. This is made easier by the inclusion of two compression shirts that are designed to be worn over the vest in order to further restrict any bulk created by the vest. Additionally, each component is packed into a large nylon carrying case.
The Garant Protection ballistic vest is available in four sizes: medium (M), large (L), extra-large (XL) and double extra-large (XXL).
Because the Garant Protection ballistic vest was manufactured in Germany, its level of ballistic protection is in accordance with German standards. The Kevlar® panels in the vest are 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 0101.04 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. The ceramic up-armor plates are rated for the German SK-1+ classification, which is equivalent to Level IIIA protection in accordance to NIJ Standard 0101.06 for performance requirements. In general, this protection level is rated for impacts from .357 SIG and 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridges. 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.
One final interesting aspect regarding the Garant Protection ballistic vest is the fact that the NATO Stock Number (NSN) is printed on the exterior of the carrying case. An NSN is a 13-digit numerical code that identifies all standardized materials of supply that are recognized by NATO countries. The NSN for the Garant Protection ballistic vest is 8470-12-354-6363, which identifies it as a koerperpanze weste, or what I assume translates loosely to "ballistic vest." The "8470" identifies it as a piece of personal armor while the "12" signifies that the piece is from Germany. The remaining digits signify its item number.
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