Levels 2, 3A, and 3: Know Your Body Armor Levels

Body armor comes in all different shapes, sizes, and levels of protection. The one you choose will have unique specifications for the caliber bullet it can withstand. Some body armor, for instance, is only meant to protect against more common handgun bullets like the 9mm or .357 magnum. Other body armor products, however, can withstand more powerful rounds like 7.62mm rifle rounds.

Knowing the protection your body armor offers is a critical component to understand when making your purchase. While level 4 body armor offers the maximum protection, you and your loved ones likely won’t need to stop 30.06 M2AP armor-piercing bullets, and a lower grade piece of armor would be plenty protective.

In this post, we’ll highlight the primary differences between our most common body armor pieces: Level 2, Level 3A, and Level 3, so you can understand what each protects against and make the smartest purchase for your personal needs.

Level 2 Body Armor

Level 2 body armor offers protection from some, but not all, handgun rounds. This is a common option for many first-time buyers, but unfortunately, does not offer as broad protection as many other body armor products.

Protects against:

  • .38 Special
  • .40 S&W
  • .45 ACP
  • 9mm
  • .357 Magnum

Level 3A Body Armor

The next level of protection is level 3A body armor. This protects against nearly all handgun rounds, including both .357 Sig. and .44 Magnum, which level 2 armor does not protect against.

Protects against:

  • .38 Special
  • .40 S&W
  • .45 ACP
  • 9mm
  • .357 Magnum
  • .357 Sig.
  • .44 Magnum

Level 3 Body Armor

Level 3 body armor offers a more comprehensive range of protection and defends against nearly all handgun rounds as well as 7.62 rifle rounds. This is not only one of the most popular varieties of armor we sell at Body Armor Megastore, but it is also one we highly recommend.

Protects against:

  • .38 Special
  • .40 S&W
  • .45 ACP
  • 9mm
  • .357 Magnum
  • .357 Sig.
  • .44 Magnum
  • 7.62×51 M80 Ball
  • 7.62×39 Ball

Don’t just take our word for it. See the incredible performance of our level 3 body armor in the video below:

Buy L3 body armor and backpack armor from Body Armor Megastore and get the protection you need, today!