Ballistic Shield Vs Bulletproof Vest

In a matter of seconds, a normal day can turn into a life-or-death situation.

Whether you’re a law enforcement officer or white-collar businessman, schoolteacher or student, unfortunately, that statement holds true.

Being prepared for an active shooter may seem impossible to the average person. Even if you’re wearing, carrying, or even own body armor—like a bulletproof vest—sometimes protecting yourself in a sudden dangerous situation is just impractical.

Plus – body armor like bullet-proof vests are expensive, heavy, sometimes difficult to use, and typically don’t quite fit in with your fashion style.

But what if there was a type of protection that every citizen could obtain and have on hand at nearly all times?

Enter the deployable ballistic shield – the PopShield.

bulletproof vest vs a ballistic shield popshieldYes, a deployable ballistic shield will offer just as much—scratch that—even more protection than a typical bulletproof vest. and can be used by anyone at any time.

In the article 10 points below, we dive into the advantages of choosing a deployable ballistic shield over a bulletproof vest. 

 1. Ballistic Shields Inspire Confidence

Imagine for a second that you’re a police officer involved in a shootout. You take your time, carefully approaching the shooter’s location.

Next thing you know, you’ve been hit in the chest by a bullet. Thankfully, you were wearing a bulletproof vest.

You are uninjured, but in shock. Feeling the impact of the bullet has severely altered your state of mind. Adrenaline turns to fear, and instead of wanting to approach the shooter, you’re looking for the quickest way out—even if it’s unsafe.

Stopping a bullet by the means of a ballistic shield keeps the impact of the round off the body, which will boost confidence in a dangerous situation.

Instead of panicking, you can continue to approach the situation with a level head. This is a considerable difference between a deployable ballistic shield and typical body armor.

2. Energy is Absorbed by the PopShield—Not the Body

  • Ballistic shields reduce the chance of injuries by keeping the impact off the body

Being struck by a bullet while wearing soft body armor can and will cause some degree of injury, the severity dependent on a number of factors like the distance the bullet is fired from:

  • protection levels of the armor
  • bullet caliber
  • ammunition type

Bruising, abrasions, and the feeling having the wind knocked out of you are common from any bullet. Hit with enough force and you might get knocked down, suffer cracked ribs or even behind-armor-blunt-trauma (BABT).

Protecting yourself with a ballistic shield will reduce the chance of injury by keeping the impact of the bullet away and off the body.

Instead of feeling the hit on the chest, a ballistic shield can be held away from the body to deflect impacts with only small recoil felt at the handle.

3. A Lightweight Design

  • 5-pound ballistic shield vs 20-pound bulletproof vest

Try hauling around a 20-pound weight vest all day, regardless of the temperature or weather conditions. This is the reality of wearing bullet resistant vest.

A deployable ballistic shield, on the other hand, weighs in at only about 5 pounds. This alone makes it usable to a larger number of people—think women, children, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly.

It also won’t hinder your speed as much when trying to run from or pursue the danger.

4. More Surface Area Protection with a Ballistic Shield

  • 3X larger than the typical bulletproof vest
  • Provides cover to head and arms, along with the chest
  • Ability to protect those around you

The more protection the better, plain and simple.

On average, a ballistic shield like the PopShield offers around three times the surface area protection in comparison to a typical bulletproof vest.

Not only is this added surface area advantageous because it provides more coverage for your arms, head and chest, but it also provides cover to those behind you.

5. Ballistic Shields are Easily Deployable

  • Ballistic shields are quickly deployable—less than one second
  • Bulletproof vests can take precious time when

If a shooter walks into your home or place of work, you have seconds to cover yourself with ballistic protection. You have a bulletproof vest on hand, but it’s stored in a closet or hard-to-reach place and takes time to put on.

This could be trouble.

Now, what if you had a source of ballistic protection that was deployable in nearly an instant?

Ballistic shields, such as the PopShield, deploy in a fraction of the time it takes to strap on soft body armor. In fact, it launches itself through the push of a button in less than a second.

6. Operate the Ballistic Shield with One Hand—Help with the Other

Due to their lightweight constructions, ballistic shields can be handled with the use of one hand.

Not only will this allow you to easily position the shield where needed, but also use the other hand to fight back or offer assistance to those around you.

7. Ballistic Shields are Easy to Store

A bulletproof vest is voluminous, often requiring a lot of space to properly store it. This causes problem when stashing it somewhere that it could be useful at some point.

Deployable ballistic shields, like the PopShield produced by Shield Technology Inc., are foldable and fit in very convenient locations. Whether it’s in your office desk drawer, inside your car, at home underneath your bed, or underneath school desks, ballistic vests are easily-storable in almost any desirable location.

8. Gun Holsters are Standard with Ballistic Shields

Choosing a ballistic shield over a bulletproof vest allows a handgun to be stored in a built-in holster on the operator’s side of the shield. Whether you decide to use the weapon in defense or not, it is placed away from the danger and only accessible for the user.

Most ballistic bullet resistant vests with holsters place the weapon on the outside of the user and in the sight of the shooter, drawing more danger towards the user.

9. Ballistic Shields Better Protect Others

In the event of an active shooter, wearing a bulletproof vest only does good for yourself. The vest is wrapped snugly around your body, and anyone around you without ballistic protection could be in serious trouble.

Have a ballistic shield, however, and be able to protect those around you. Whether you are simply offering individuals cover from opposing fire, or you are lending a handed to the wounded, a ballistic shield can provide vital protection to yourself and others that a vest can’t.

10. Ballistic Shields Have the Versatility to Protect Anyone

The combination of the listed benefits above makes a ballistic shield usable for any person, regardless of strength or stature. Bulletproof vests are often designed to fit a specific body shape, which can cause issues in the integrity of protection levels.

Instead, a ballistic shield is designed for anyone that can handle its weight—which is only five pounds. This, along with a compact design, allows for a very broad range of individuals to use them almost anywhere at anytime.