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From the moment gunpowder managed to propel bullets that can pierce though most commonly worn metal armors, worldwide inventors jumped to the opportunity to find new materials, techniques and designs that could help soldiers and law enforcement agencies to withstand direct bullet and shrapnel hits.
Body armors played completely integral role in the entire pre-gunpowder history of warfare. It’s presence on the battlefield was as commonplace as helmets of shields, and even after arrival of gunfire combat modern scientists and inventor devised new techniques and accessed new materials that can stop bullets.
Japan was the homeland of samurai, warrior cast that used elaborate armors made in very specific way. Here you can learn more about history of Japan, and the many forms of “Dō” armor they used between 4th and 19th century.
Hand shields are some of the most important and earliest protection armor gear ever created, with rich history of innovation, advancement, use of modern materials and widespread use in many fields of combat and law enforcement.