The US military did a study to see where most Afghanistan soldiers received fatal shots. They discovered that bullets entering the shoulder and entering the chest cavity were one of the most common. This prompted the military to issue soldiers with soft-shoulder armor in addition to their plate carriers. In the civilian world, this works even better. Most gunshot wounds in the US occur with pistol calibers. Having shoulder armor to protect you from those threats is vitally important. We offer both soft shoulder armor and hard shoulder armor plates!