Most body armor that I've worn/seen has been up to level IIIA with level III or IV ceramic plates (no rifle protection if you do not wear the plates). Now if I'm reading this articles right, Dragon Skin offers level III (not IIIA) and level IV protection all around without ceramic plates - thanks to numerous level III/IV small disks hidden all around the vest vs a large ceramic plate in the front/back/sides.
The articles also talks about a tug of war in between the DOD and Pinnacle (the makers of Dragon Skin) regarding to if the body armor passes MILSPEC testing or not.
Look at the varios links as there are videos of actual testing of the body armor by actual LEOs. Take notice that most rifle hits are being done around the area where the ceramic plates do not offer protection (if the plates were installed), demostrating no penetration of the vest - trauma is not being discussed in the article.
If this body armor is the real deal, you could replace your level IIIA vest with a level III or IV and add rifle round protection - some of the vests being made are for concealment.
Has anyone seen/used this typo of body armor?
Wow, I just read on the company's website about level V protection!