Hard Armor and Assault Rifles; A Look at the Most Popular and Famous Automatic Weapons

A bullet proof vest, or bullet resistant vest, cannot completely guarantee your protection. In a hostile situation, preparation and awareness are far more important than body armor. Having said that, a vest will dramatically increase your chances of survival, and it is important to ensure you are wearing the correct protection. Many are not aware of the various levels of protection available and even more do not realize that Kevlar cannot protect you against everything. For protection against the more powerful weapons, like automatic assault rifles, you need hard armor.

The FN SCAR is one of the most popular weapons available thanks to its adoption by the US Military. Constructed to be extremely modular, it is available in two common variants; the SCAR-L for ‘light’ ammo (5.56x45mm NATO) and the SCAR-H for ‘heavy’ ammo (7.62x51mm NATO). The first rifles were issued to a battalion of the US 75 th Ranger Regiment in April 2009, but the SCAR-L would later be dropped by US Special Ops Command in favour of the SCAR-H. This was quickly followed by plans to adopt conversion kits for the MK17 SCAR-H to enable their use of 5.56mm ammo. As of early 2015 the FN SCAR in various types was used by special ops/police in over 20 countries. The FN SCAR-L requires a Level III bullet proof vest, though only a Level IV vest can protect against the SCAR-H.

The HK415 was designed as an improvement on the M4 and is based on the AR-15 platform. Named for the makers (Heckler & Koch), the HK416 was designed for the US Army, and became famous as an automatic for being used by the Navy Seals to kill Osama Bin Laden. The HK416 was adopted as the standard rifle of the Norwegian Armed Forces and is in official use by countries all over the world. This famous weapon uses a gas system which reduces malfunction and increases the longevity of its parts. A Level III bullet proof vest is necessary to protect against this weapon.

The AK-47 is perhaps the most famous weapon in the world, and has the credentials to back up its popularity. Designed in 1945, finished in 1946, and adopted by the Soviet Army in 1948, the AK-47 is well known for its reliability and accessibility. This automatic is so popular that it makes up approximately 15% of all firearms in the world, thanks in part to its low production costs. Protection against an AK-47 requires the highest level of protection at Level IV.

The M16 is perhaps just as well-known as the AK-47, and was originally designed as a direct US competitor to the AK-47. Originally created as an adaptation of the AR-15 by the US Military, the M16 has been used in a variety of famous conflicts throughout its service history. In 1969 the M16A1 became the US Military’s standard service rifle, replacing the M14. 14 years later the USMC adopted it as their official weapon, and three years later the US army did the same. The M16 is the most produced firearm of its 5.56mm caliber, and total worldwide production of the rifle is approximately 8 million. Protecting against this famous weapon will require a vest at Level III.

IMI Tavor TAR-21
The IMI Tavor TAR-21 is usually abbreviated to either the TAR-21 or simply the Tavor. As its name suggests, it was developed by Israel Military Industries (now Israel Weapon Industries) who wished to develop a rifle that would outperform the dated M4A1 while staying suited to close quarters and mechanized infantry. By adhering to these specifications the IMI hoped to create a weapon that the Israel Defence Forces would adopt as its official weapon. In 2006 it was adopted by the IDF, with the changeover expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The Tavor is purported to be incredibly reliable and durable, as well as easy to maintain. In 2014 the National Rifle Association’s American Rifleman awarded the Golden Bullseye Award as its rifle of the year. To protect against this weapon you would need Level III hard armor.

The FAMAS is a French-made bullpup rifle, as its name explains ; FAMAS stands for ‘Fusil d’Assaut de la Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne’, which translates as ‘Assault Rifle from the Saint-Étienne Weapon Factory’. The first prototype for the FAMAS was designed in the 1950s, but it was not manufactured in any form until 1971. At that time the French Military was looking for a new service weapon, and while there were several German-made options available, the idea of using a German-made weapon could not be reconciled so soon after the end of World War II. Therefore, the FAMAS was created and quickly became the official weapon of the Armed Forces. Protection against this weapon would require a vest at Level III.

Armaspec Introduces the XPDW 5 Position Collapsible Stock

Armaspec, manufacturer of the Rhino R23 Magwell Funnel, AST90 assisted safety selector and TCB extended mag release, is pleased to announce the new Armaspec XPDW 5 Position Collapsible Stock.

Armaspec XPDW

Armaspec XPDW

The Armaspec XPDW 5 Position Collapsible Stock is a completely new take on the PDW stock. Unlike other PDW stocks that require modified BCGs, short buffer tubes with custom buffer springs and buffers, etc. the XPDW stock mounts directly to your standard AR-15 collapsible stock mil-spec buffer tube. This design allows the end user to easily install the XPDW stock with no modification to the AR with the exception of simply removing the standard AR-15 stock.

The Armaspec XPDW 5 Position Collapsible Stock also completely breaks the mold when it comes to the affordability by coming in at an unbeatable MSRP of just $179. XPDW units are currently in production and on display at SHOT Show 2016 booth number 3348. Stop by and check out our newest creation. We are accepting orders now.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Armaspec at sales@armaspec.com.

About Armaspec: Armaspec is a U.S. based manufacturer of firearm accessories, primarily for the AR platform. We focus on producing quality, innovative products that offer a tactical advantage, at a good price, all made in the U.S. Our product line includes magwell grips, charging handles, slings, tactical buttons, backup sights, and other AR accessories.

Why Are Tactical Boots Ideal For Officers Who Put Everything On The Line?

Tactical boots are for everyone – simply because they can be used for a whole different range of functions. However, tactical boots are especially meant for firefighting professionals, military personnel and law enforcement officers, quite rightly because of the extreme physical conditions they have to deal with.

It’s evident, a normal routine day for any military or law enforcement officer can be really grueling and dangerous and it’s important that their feet don’t fail on them. To ensure, a great pair of tactical boots – comfortable and durable – is critical. A good pair of boots can enhance performance in all kinds of terrains.

Some Notable Advantages Of Tactical Boots Include:

As noted above tactical boots are important for professionals who put everything on the line to protect you and me. Some of the notable benefits of these boots are –

  • Tactical boots, irrespective of brand (we mean the distinguished ones), are made of high grade materials, which makes them comfortable, durable and water resistant.
  • The tactical boots are lightweight and feature easy to tie lacing system.
  • The tactical boots are flexible and feature breathable construction. So your feet remain cool and dry despite wearing them for endless hours.
  • Tactical boots provide traction, agility, and utmost resilience to maintain that peak performance throughout the day.
  • The boots have polishable leather toe.
  • Wearing minimalist tactical boots means you can expend less energy while running or walking. The energy thus conserved can help you go further in less time.
  • Being sturdy, the boots protect against sharp objects and abrasions in harsh terrains. This increases a professional’s performance and maximizes the ability to function in extreme conditions.

In addition to being ideal for military and law enforcement personnel, tactical boots are ideally suited for hunting, hiking, camping and even in jungle and desert safaris.

A good boot, irrespective of the purpose it will be worn for (combat or casual) should be durable, comfortable, lightweight, breathable, water-resistant and produce good traction – tactical boots meet all the criteria, a reason they are so popular.

Garry Bowman is a blogger and content writer at 911gear.ca, the finest dealers of tactical gear in Canada. 911gear.ca also provides superior quality of tactical equipment for law enforcement, military, EMS, security professionals, corrections officers, and preppers.

Best Tactical Gear for Every Situation

The term Tactical means “concerning to or constituting tactics.” Tactical is more a mindset than an accessory. This is also known as tactical mindset. So your tactical gear should also be centered on your tactics to save your life.

So before you plan to buy tactical gear, you need to reconsider whether it fits to your situation and is it all you need to win over the situation.

Most people are focused more on finding the right equipment such as guns and gear and that’s why they lack in other departments. Undoubtedly, weapons and ammo are very important but having weapons is not the only thing you need.

Tactical lifestyle is about obtaining the right balance in every situation. You can win battles with guns and grunts and wars with logistics. But to win of a war for food, water, and safety you need to plan the right budget.

Although the article is not focused on budget planning for food but it’s about saving your budget for all other equipment required to survive in all situations. Your main motive is to survive and not just to win the fight. So, you have to plan your tactics accordingly.

Planning Your Defense
As mentioned above your main goal is to survive and not to win, therefore, you should carry all the necessary equipment apart from weapons to survive in the situation. Some examples of the must to carry equipment are: extra ammo to reload your weapon, magazine pouches for self-automatic modern rifle, medical kit, knives, compasses etc.

  • Plate Carriers

Plate carriers are an alternative to the heavy, burdensome flak jackets. The small size and weight make it easy for the soldiers to operate it. Plate carriers are best tactical gear for both police and military because of the mobility and protection they offer.

Plate Carriers

Plate carriers quickly become uncomfortable and you will be sweating your butt off pretty quickly. Plates are not the best idea for home defense as they are heavy, fragile, and expensive as well.

  • LBVs

Tactical Load Bearing Vest

LBVs or “load bearing vests” are same as plate carriers and indeed a better option than plate carriers. A load bearing vest doesn’t offer any protection, but it provides similar mounting system for ammo and gear. They are more comfortable and even cheaper than plate carriers. An LBV is a nylon vest with a Molle or PALs system to hold gear.

  • Belts

Tactical belts which have a MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) or PAL (Pouch Attachment Ladder) System are popular among infantrymen for carrying equipment.


The reasons the belts are widely used is due to the ease of access and the capability to carry a fair amount of payload. It becomes easy to climb in and out of vehicles, or moving out of buildings and tight locations. They are perfect for carrying an IFAK (individual First Aid Kit) as it becomes easy to access it by simply taking off the belt.

These belts can be stashed in a backpack and easily used whenever you need them.

  • Leg Rigs

It gets uncomfortable if anything is strapped to your leg and when you are faced with situations such as crossing a river then you have to remove everything to cross over.

Leg Rigs

Therefore, a leg rig is more lucrative option. It is easy to draw a handgun from a leg rig. Another option can be to use a waist holster which is available at half the price of leg rig and it is bit difficult to pull a magazine for a reload from the leg rig.

Garry Bowman is a blogger and content writer at 911gear.ca, the finest dealers of tactical gear in Canada. 911gear.ca also provides superior quality of tactical equipment for law enforcement, military, EMS, security professionals, corrections officers, and preppers.