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    Body Armor

    I'm still pretty new here and this has probably been covered, but what are the legal issues concerning civilian owned body armor? It seems to be in a gray area. Also what type of armor can we legally own? I have a buddy in SF and they have some new, really amazing armor, but I'm pretty sure we can't own that even if we could find it anywhere. What about armor that just stops handgun, shotgun rounds(type III)?
    Also, when and under what conditions would you consider wearing it?
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    depends on state law, but usually , unless you are a felon you can own it.
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    In PA it is an additional serious Felony to wear body armor during the commission of a crime.

    It is perfectly legal for a PA citizen to own or wear body armor for the purpose of personal protection.

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    If I recall correctly, it is not against the law here in TX to own and wear body armor, unless it is in the commission of a felony. I might be wrong. It is really a grey area issue. I guess if you can afford the stuff, and really want it, then go for it after checking state laws.
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    I wore that crap enough years allready , so the whole issue is moot to me , I am not taking calls , ect.. i dont need it or the inconvienance .
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    What about armor that just stops handgun, shotgun rounds(type III)?
    Generally, the more that the amour stops the heavier it'll be.

    IIA is what is the most popular. II will stop more rounds. IIIA will stop even more and its about as heavy as one can stand. I've never seen III. Level IV armour is worn on the outside, its usaully what SWAT wears when they do a smash and crash, it'll stop some rifle rounds.

    Its a tradeoff. The heavier it is, the less concealable it becomes.

    Some of the newer stuff is alot lighter than it used to be. Some of the newer IIIA's are lighter than the older II's were. The newer lighter stuff is way more expensive than the older stuff.
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    Level IV is typically a level III plus trauma plates. Some of these new ceramic/polymer blend trauma plates will stop everything up to full power .308 rounds with ease, and have the ability to withstand multiple rounds. It is pretty heavy as well (35-45+) pounds.
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    Man, I was never so glad to get rid of something in my life as I was my threat level III vest!

    I guess the new stuff isn't so heavy and hot but still, no thank you!

    I'm with Rocky, unless you're a felon, here in Nevada, you can have and wear it.
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    I have level II concealable body armor coming on UPS this week. I'll use if I'm going to the range, keep it in the car if SHTF and if I go into the a bad area. Level II is generally what police use and Level IIIa would be to thick.

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    I keep my level II next to the bed. That way, I hear a noise and want to check it out, the vest is ready to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MNBurl View Post
    I'll use if I'm going to the range,
    Dang man, what kind of range do you shoot at?
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    That's actually not a half bad idea, esp if you shoot at an unsupervised public range.

    I've seen some weird stuff and weirder folks at public ranges.

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    Interceptor Body Armor is what the majority of military personnel are being issued. The vest itself is IIIA with two plates rated to stop multiple hits of 7.62x51mm (.308). Total weight with plates is ~16.5 lbs.

    I saw a kid take two hits in the front plate from an AK-47 with no injury. Interceptor is good. The newer designs are better!

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    Got an M1969 USMC Field Armor "Flak Jacket" for sale at the local gun shop. $150. I'd consider using it for free-range shooting and Halloween. lol Maybe once level-2 gets a little cheaper and a little lighter....
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