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Armor vest and helmet
General information

Black Mesa


Body armor

Used by
Game information
  • item_suit
  • item_helmet
  • item_armorvest

The armor vest and helmet are parts of the personal armor set worn by the majority of Black Mesa Security Force team members.


The armor vest, being standard equipment for the Black Mesa security guards, is capable of absorbing or deflecting low-caliber rounds while also protecting its user from explosives and other types of weaponry. The helmet allows its wearer to take low-caliber shots to the head, excluding the uncovered facial region, while staying untouched, although .357 Magnum and Desert Eagle bullets will penetrate through it, killing the guard instantly.

Unlike the HEV Suit and the PCV, the armor vest and helmet are not powered by an energy source of any kind. Batteries and chargers cannot repair them. Instead, the only way to replenish armor protection is to replace them with new gear that's in better condition. Picking up the helmet will grant 40 armor, while the vest grants 60 armor.

Behind the scenes[edit]

The overweight security guards in Half-Life: Opposing Force were originally intended to wear helmets, but their final model only retains the armor vest. (Though only the model of the helmet was removed, humorously allowing the tops of their heads to deflect bullets.[1]) The Opposing Force Capture The Flag game mode features the original helmet version of the overweight security guard.

In the Half-Life 2 leak, a model of the helmet intended for Barney Calhoun is present but only used on his model in the developer test map dsp_test. This helmet ultimately didn't appear in the final game.




Half-Life: Opposing Force[edit]

Half-Life 2[edit]


List of appearances[edit]

Main games[edit]


  1. Video accidentally showing off how the top of the overweight security guard's heads can deflect bullets at 0:54 on YouTube