I just purchased a level 2 kevlar vest

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    I just purchased a level 2 kevlar vest

    to go along with my everyday carry setup. I will wear it for a week to see it it's something I wan't to commit to. I am hoping that it doesn't make me sweat. Other than that, it's lightweight, low profile, and very comfortable.

    I know that many who ccw, don't wear armor. However, if all goes well, I hope I will be able to transition into any uncomfortableness like I did when I first started carrying. The vest is not rated to stop rifle rounds, but it's a start in the right direction as I welcome any tactical advantage in a firefight.

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    Being the sweat-bucket I am I doubt I could tolerate wearing one, tho just occasionally would like the option.

    Any pic of this one? How was cost - steep?
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    I am with Chris, I have to have air blowing on me at all times while in the car. I just plain run hot. I have looked at vests but couldn't tolerate the heat it would generate. Winter wear would be ok though.
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    Wore one daily for 14 years. Uncomfortable?? Yes......except when someone pointed a gun at me.

    Still wear one when traveling or training.

    Quality vests are not cheap..and I always bought the best. The one I keep in the truck is 20+ years old and i would not hesitate to wear it today. Newer ones are lighter and more comfortable.

    They do a nice job keeping the chest warm...regardless of the temp!!!
    Keep the shotgun handy!!

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    Be sure to wear rubber shoes with it - a licensed, carrying citizen is more likely to be struck by lightning than shot.

    So why didn't you get Threat Level III?

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    Not only in a firefight but also attack from a bladed object and to a certin extent, impact wounds.

    I can't/wont, but if you can tolerate it,hey.......more power to ya. -------

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    For a civilian I think that is a waste of money. Now, if you got money to waste, I could give you my information and send me a check.
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    I have 1 I use for night time prowlers now. keep it under the mattress and ready to go. I say wear it if ya can stand it. As for me, i sweat too much. Heck I will wear a t shirt in the winter , while the girlfriend is bundled in swaters and 4 layers of clothes.
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    Not in Michigan

    Rocky,

    I agree with you and if I remember correctly they are illegal to own in Michigan unless you are LEO.

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    And I thought I was the only one who could sweat through my shirt in the middle of winter.

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    Never heard of body armor illegal in MI. Last I knew it was illegal for felons to possess though.
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    OK everyone, I just finished the day with the vest and I must say, I am impressed with how comfortable I was. It did keep me pretty warm though but since I'm a pretty skinny guy it would probably take more to make me sweat.

    P95 Carry, to answer your question, I purchased the vest used but in good condition from a pawn shop for $90, I'll try and post a pic of it on me with all of my carry gear so you guys can see how easily I can conceal it all. And Erich, It's actually a level 3A, I just checked the inside panels and it really made my day when I found that out. A good condition (made in 2001) level 3A for only $90 is a steal in my mind. Did I just get luck or is this vest not that good compared to others? Looking back on it, I should have checked it before I purchased it but the guy said it was a level 2 and I believed him as I have done business with him before. Guess I just lucked out this time.

    Here is the link to the website for my model of vest, its called the scorpion but they don't list prices so I have no idea what it's worth. http://body-armor.com/vest_style_display.php?style=3&
    if you look at the bottom of the page and select the armor lite ballistic series, you can see my model number GP-1000-IIIA.

    I don't even think I have to decide if I will wear this everyday. This much protection for so little cost, not just money wise but also concealment and comfort wise. You'll see what I mean when I post a pic. The only problem I can forsee with wearing this armor is that when I go to give someone a hug, they will probably feel it and wonder why I'm wearing it, possibly blowing my cover, maybe I'll just wear a thick jacket when I go to visit family, it's Washington state so thats not too unusual. Anyway, sorry if I was rambling, I'm just excited because I thought as a poor college student, I wouldn't be able to afford a Level3A, I thought I was getting a steal when I thought it was a level 2. Basically, I think I've got a new addition to my daily carry!

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    Sounds like a good deal to me, if it's undamaged. Those things aren't real cheap.

    I've heard that vests are also credited with a few "saves" from ordinary vehicle accidents.

    I don't know that I'd wear one on a daily basis unless I had been personally threatened, but if I had one I'd sure wear it to any public shooting range. Might save you from some idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSKC
    ......but if I had one I'd sure wear it to any public shooting range. Might save you from some idiot. KC
    Even one idiot at the range is reason enough. I wear one everytime I go to the range.

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    Wearing avest makes just as much sense as CC. You're just as unlikely to need either a vest or a gun, but if you need the one it would be nice to have the other.

    I never can undertand people who are willing to carry a gun that they're vastly unlikely to need, and then criticize those who decide to try a vest. Pot-Kettle.

    If you can get used to wearing it I say go for it. I have a military IBAS without the plates that I keep around for truely SHTF situations. It's equivelent, more or less, to Level II.

    I've thought about buying a used Level II or IIA myself.
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