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A Justiciar Knights introduction to ballistic armour
Quality mil spec armour with multi hit capabilities is just as important as weapons to a Justiciar Knight. If you lack armour you may be neutralized with a single bullet as the blunt trauma caused by the bullet mushrooming inside of you is likely to literally paralyze even the most athletic body. Still, conservative revolutionaries – urban guerillas continue to ignore the armour aspects of warfare. Based on the nature of your operation, you may need to use mil spec overt (visible) armour while on other missions, where mobility is crucial, covert (hidden) or no armour at all is the preferred aproach. As a general rule, you should not wear more than 30 kg of armour at any given time as the weight will severely prevent you from moving properly. However, if you train hard and use a suitable steroid cycle with the intention to wear up to 30 kg of armour, covering 80-90% of your frontal body, you will learn that superior body armour has its benefits and may often outweigh the mobility issues for certain operations.
A ballistic item, often referred to as a bullet proof or bullet resistant item, is usually an item of protective clothing that absorbs the impact from firearm projectiles and shrapnel fragments from explosions. This protection is usually worn for the upper body but can be applied anywhere for protection. There are two primary types of armour: soft items (usually Kevlar fabric) and hard items (often ceramic/steel plates). Soft items are usually constructed by placing several layers of ballistic Kevlar fabric on top of eachother which is then sewn inside a “soft pouch” made from a thin/ultra low weight layer of nylon ripstop, polyester, cotton or a similar material. This pouch is placed in an outer shell pouch which is often constructed from tougher mil spec cordura nylon or similar fabrics (500-1000 denimer nylon, mil spec). The more layers applied the better protection is offered but more layers will obviously increase the weight of the item. All armour above level IIIA is made from hard armour: ceramic, steel or dyneema plates etc. The reasoning for this is the following; while soft armour will stop most handgun bullets from entering your body, the blunt trauma caused by even higher calibers when hit is likely to cause massive damage to your body (think of it as being hit by a big sledge hammer) which may cause internal bleeding subsequent death. As such; hard armour can and should be worn in combination with soft armour to increase protection. Soft/hard armour combo is now common for international forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere and is often used by SWAT operators in most Western countries.
Using composite armour in combination with soft armour
Certain companies offer a flexible composite material which is normally used for applying ballistic properties in car doors and alternative stationary sources in need of ballistic protection. However, you may use these flexible plates in combination with conventional armour systems which often only covers the torso and often ignores the lower arm, upper legs, knees, shins and boots. One option of using this material is to basically cut the composite plate (0,7 cm thick) in the desired shape and place them in the pouch you have sewn (2 knee pouches, 2 shin pouches, 2 upper leg pouches, 2 boot pouches and 2 lower arm pouches). You then apply either adhesive (or sew) hook & loop (Velcro) on each piece in order to properly fasten/equip each peace to your body. Alternatively, additional Velcro or nylon straps may be applied in order to attach each peace to other parts of your armour to create a complete armour system which covers up to 95% of your frontal body and up to 75% of your back. Obviously, I have not been able to field test this system which I refer to as Lokis Armour, although it is now completed. Lokis Armour set is basically a “Frankenstein-set” created from various armour systems. Certain pieces needed some adjustment by adding additional hook-loop adhesive strips in order to properly attach to other modules. F example; the IDF armour doesn’t fit in combination to Interceptor parts, which again doesn’t fit with the Point Blank parts etc. But with nylon straps, hook & loop bands, a few fastening items and some crazy sewing skills, everything is possible:-)
In order to maximize the effectiveness of soft armour, trauma plates may be added which will mitigate the blunt force (blunt trauma) of the projectile. Soft armour may be worn on top of a modern riot suit (constructed to resist blunt trauma) in order to increase the effectiveness and prevent damage caused by blunt trauma. I would highly recommend the FlexForce FX1 riot suit from Damascus in this regard as it is compact enough to fit under soft body armour, yet holds the anti-trauma qualities required to withstand multiple hits when worn in combination with soft and hard armour. I have not had the chance to field test this option though (nor have I seen any reports confirming my theory) but theoretically it should offer excellent protection when worn together.
Blunt trauma suits are rarely used by military or SWAT forces in combination with their ballistic armour as the suits are relatively bulky and heavy (around 4-7 kg). Very few people have the required strength and agility to wear a full blunt trauma suit (riot suit), soft armour and hard armour – in addition to conventional tactical gear, weapons etc. Nevertheless, Justiciar Knights may prove to become that exception as we are 40-100% stronger providing we take full advantage of the steroid cycle and ECA stack combination during our operation. For this purpose, it is essential that all Justiciar Knights adjusts their training sessions to build up experience for wearing this equipment and take appropriate measures to simulate 1-2 hour “fitness walks/march walks”. These march walks will include up to 30-40 kg load which is the total weight of the described Lokis Armour, weapons, ammo and other equipment).
Damascus FX-1 Flexforce, anti-blunt-trauma suit (worn under armour (not chest piece + upper arm)
Armour level - lowest to highest
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