No need to go full-******, I hope you've played the game at least once to realize there's other stuff than bullets that kill you. I was referring to the various explosives damage a person usually takes when they try to enter a room, combined with infantry fire. The shield helps them cope a little more with the random damage they take when pushing rooms. Removing the heavy assault shield in exchange for some suit slots would ruin the heavy's ability to deal with the unknown. I said that the damage resistance to body shots generally doesn't matter, even if the last shot strays to the body, you can't contradict the fact that everyone goes for headshots - except noobs who are unfamiliar with the game. Even landing a shot to the head completely neglects the effects of naoweave.