What is a Bullet Proof Vest?

The term “bullet-proof vest” is a misnomer.  In the military and law enforcement the preferred term 
is ballistic armor or body armor.  The reason for this is simple.  There is no such thing as a 
“bullet-proof” garment.  There are always bullets that due to their size, composition or velocity can 
cause great harm or death to the wearer of even the best ballistic armor. However, the good news 
is that such rounds are rare and, once the threat is understood, there are a variety of ballistic 
armor alternatives that the prospective buyer can consider. 
When looking for body armor, it is best to start by defining the threat.  Is it pistol rounds?  Knives 
or edged weapons?  Rifle rounds?  Armor piercing rounds? Shrapnel or fragments? IEDs? 
Fortunately,  there are solutions designed to deflect or impede all of these offensive weapons. 
However, none of the solutions is “bullet-proof” and so military and law enforcement professionals 
shy away from that term.  Once the threat is determined, the buyer need only select their 
particular solution based on the factors of comfort, style, thickness, weight and cost. 
The VARANUS brand of ballistic armor from Tactical Elite Systems (www.tacticalelitesystems.com
) offers a wide array of tactical and concealable body armor.  VARANUS vests are made in the 
USA at our plants using US made materials, such as DuPont Kevlar.  VARANUS vests come in a 
variety of styles including concealable and tactical.  We also offer US-made level III and level IV 
plates to augment tactical body armor in order to defeat high velocity 5.56, 7.62 and APM rounds. 
VARANUS vests are used with confidence by military, police and security professionals in the US, 
Western Europe,  Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. 
All VARANUS body armor is certified by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of the U.S, 
Department of Justice and appears on the NIJ Compliant Products List for Ballistic Armor under 
our company name, Tactical Elite Systems. 
So remember, there is no such thing as a bullet proof vest!  However, there are bullet resistant 
vests in the form of world class body amor/ballistic armor solutions such as those designed and 
manufactured by Tactical Elite Solutions’ VARANUS line of ballistic vests. 
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about body armor/ballistic armor. 
Be Safe!