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Ultimate Level 4 Body Armor

Dec 15, 2022
We’ve written a lot about the different levels of body armor and which armor will stop what kind of bullets. TacticalXmen even has an extensive FAQ section on our site that can answer many questions about our armor and other topics of interest.

We’ve recently learned that there are many new questions that many of our readers have. This blog is going to answer all those questions related to Level IV body Armor. 

Is it Illegal to Wear Body Armor in Public?
We’ve answered this question in our FAQ, but we continue to get asked whether or not it’s legal to wear Level IV Body Armor in public. Instead of regurgitating the same lines over and over, I’d like to elaborate. 

For most Americans, it’s 100% legal to wear body armor in any setting, from public shopping malls, schools, and even federal buildings. However, if you’re a convicted felon of a violent crime, you’re not allowed to wear any kind of ballistic protection. 

What Will Level 4 Body Armor Stop?
The good news about the NIJ, is it provides a standard of measurement that is concrete and withstanding.

The biggest take away from Level 4 armor is that it will stop any round fired from a shoulder-fired rifle, including the infamous Dragunov. Level IV body armor that is NIJ-Listed can stop the following bullets:

5.56x45mm 55 grain ball (M193) 
7.62x39mm PS ball (MSC)
7.62x51mm 149 grain M80 FMJ
NATO M855 (SS109) 5.56x45mm 62 grain steel core (SS109)
7.62x63mm M2 AP

Can Level 4 armor stop 50 BMG?

Absolutely not! Unfortunately a 50 caliber BMG is just too fast and powerful for the human body to stop. With a muzzle velocity of 3,044 ft/s and an energy of 13,310 ft-lbs force, this bullet impact alone will destroy your skeletal structure. 

Is Ceramic Armor Better Than Steel Armor?
This is a great question we’ve started to get more often and have explained the differences in many blogs, including, What Are the Different Types of Body Armor? | Steel, Ceramic, and Polyethylene Vs.  

To simplify this answer, we believe that both full steel and full ceramic armor are subpar. However, if we had to choose between the 2, most of us would choose ceramic because it’s lighter.

As everyone who’s ever worn body armor will tell you, weight is everything. Steel armor is always heavier than ceramic and that matters, regardless of what our competitors selling AR500 Steel armor tell you. 

What Are the Best Level IV Bulletproof Vests?
This is an example of a loaded question we often get because to say something is bulletproof would mean no bullet can penetrate it. With the advancements in ballistics and components used in bullets, there will always be a bullet that can defeat armor.

If you’re looking for the lightest, thinnest, and most durable body armor on the planet, TacticalXmen ® is your answer. If you’re interested in learning more about our Level IV body armor, please contact us at 

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