While in the past soft armor has been used to protect ourselves from injury, we now know that ballistic armor is the one that helps protect you against the armor-piercing rounds. The military issued everyone in the military with this armor during the two World Wars. It is usually referred to as plates carriers. Although it was originally used for battlefields, soft armor plates are now used by armor personnel inside of a tank or other armored vehicle.
While we know that armor plates can withstand high caliber ammunition and are very useful in combat, we still do not understand the characteristics of hard armor, and why it is superior to soft armor in combat. In close combat shooting, what really matters the most is your ability to shoot your weapon accurately. With soft armor, your chances of hitting your target increase a lot because the bullet has less energy as compared to a round that uses hard armor. On the other hand, hard armor plates provide a higher level of stopping power in the event of being hit with a high caliber shot. As we all know, rifle rounds can penetrate soft armor at ranges of 100 yards to 500 yards; although it should be noted that just because the round has higher caliber energy, it does not mean that it will stop more often.
There have been some recent tests done by the United States Army to test the effectiveness of ballistic plates on armor piercing soft rounds. One of the tests was conducted by the United States Army’s Ballistic Missile Research and Development Center (BMRC). This test was to see if the hardness of the armor would prevent the round from piercing the hard armor. The test was successful and the armor did prevent the round from penetrating the hard armor. If this test is accurate, it would mean that ballistic plates are superior to soft armor in stopping power.