Anyone wear body armor?

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    Anyone wear body armor?

    Other than PD officers? Was wondering. I have a vest from my former occupation, but don't wear it as the risk does not warrant it in my area(my opinion). I have considered donning it for metro travel times , but haven't had the opportunity yet.

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    As a Constable, I am LE, but not working for a PD.

    I have and wear a vest when serving papers or making an arrest. As soon as I'm done, I can't wait to take it off! It's the most uncomfortable thing to wear for any length of time. Since I am wearing a firearm IWB during the warmer months, the side edges of the vest also get in the way of the gun . . . OWB is no problem and preferred carry when more clothing is appropriate.

    It probably doesn't help that I've gained ~15# since I bought the vest. I really need to take that weight off plus some!

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    Rarely

    I own a Theat Level IIIA w/ a hard Titanium & soft trauma plate.
    It is decently heavy.
    I don't wear it much at all these days.
    Only when I go to house & "estate" sales in a few really crappy areas of Pittsburgh...then I sure do feel better having it on.
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    Not until they invent the Bullet-Proof t-shirt! BA sucks! If you are an open target (read: uniform & gun) then it makes sense, but not EDC as a citizen.

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    If I had one it might be used very occasionally - but I cannot justify the cost plus - the way I sweat in summer, I doubt I'd survive in it even without being shot at LOL!

    Other eve Discovery had a documentary deal about the N Hollywood shootout. One guy was Phillips (forget other's name) and he had body armor all over - and just stood taking rounds while spraying his AK.

    The 2 BG's apparently fired well over 1,000 rounds. Unfortunately the reporting had a field day because of BG's AP bullet use.
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    Would be nice to have for 'bad case' scenarios. (Riots, market crash, nuclear attacks, etc.)

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    yep, the N. Hollywood BG's used extensive body armor, too bad the PD didn't get their request for Carbie patrol rifles. Would have ended the stand off much quicker.

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    I have a second level III tac vest next to my bed (my primary vest is in my G-car) ready to slip on if things go "bump" in the night.
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    I used to keep my behind the seat & as part of the bump in the night roll out gear. Used to wear it on certain EMT runs. was one of the few MPs that wore one in the early eighties. Took a certain amount of guff from some MPs most of the older guys were appreciative though.
    I am a strong advocate for LEs wearing them and anyone that might goes in harms way to have one.
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    I've got a IIIA with a titanium plate as well as an older hard trauma plate for it. I've worn it a few times, and spent 3 years wearing BA every day. Honestly, the threat would have to be pretty severe for me to justify wearing it. As Jim says, open carry and a uniform. Otherwise, it's just too restrictive. And hot. Not so heavy, maybe 6 lbs. For now, it sits in my closet.
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    Naw i dont .. Dont think they make um in Fatboy size course i coudl use it when working in detroit

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    sure they do Bud, Lots of old cops much bigger than you. In fact my old Sargent went by the nick name "Dobo", short for Pillsbury doughboy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky
    sure they do Bud, Lots of old cops much bigger than you. In fact my old Sargent went by the nick name "Dobo", short for Pillsbury doughboy.

    Lol

    unless i can get the whole deal BP cup and all im not intersted ...lol

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    I guess a person can "get used to" anything if they don't have any choice but, I don't know how LEOs wear Body Armor all day in summer heat. Sure beats catching a bullet but, not by much. That stuff is HOT!
    I know that they have undershirts that wick away perspiration but, God that hasta get pretty doggone uncomfortable after a while.
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    Level II synergy concealable from first choice. I wear it on the range teaching or when I am riding home at night from my business. (Bike path is a little dark.;))

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