Do you own body armor?

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    Do you own body armor?

    Not sure I have seen this, but some recent SHTF posts made me curious.
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    I've been 'issued' body armor for work that'll have to turned back in........


    Does that count? Haven't bought my own though............yet
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    I have a medium size flak jacket. Early 80's issue....the heavy one with the separate fiberglass/ceramic panels.

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    I've got a NIJ-IIIA vest, its the tan camo one in the link and the same level of Helmet, its the green one at the link., Both are from DHK. My company purchased it for me when I started going to the sandbox. When we went to Level IV this was no lenger useful in the AOR so I got to keep it brand new worn on one trip. Now it's near my SHTF stuff.



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    same boat as goldshellback....have thought buying my own
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    Yeah, I have about six sets or so... I'm going to be selling some soon, if anyone is interested (Lvl IIIa with Lvl 3+/4 plates).
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    No, but I was issued the set I wear everyday
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    I have a military flak-jacket that was given to me as joke.

    I also have a Second-Chance vest given to me by a friend in Ohio who is a Deputy.

    I have had good times shooting these vests with different firearms just to see what they will stop.

    For instance, .223 and 7.62x39 blazes right through, (as expected) my hot loads out of .44mag w/ 305 grain hard cast was stopped, BUT in pushed the bullet and the vest 5 inches into the archery 3-D target that the vest was strapped to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebmik View Post
    I have a military flak-jacket that was given to me as joke.

    I also have a Second-Chance vest given to me by a friend in Ohio who is a Deputy.

    I have had good times shooting these vests with different firearms just to see what they will stop.

    For instance, .223 and 7.62x39 blazes right through, (as expected) my hot loads out of .44mag w/ 305 grain hard cast was stopped, BUT in pushed the bullet and the vest 5 inches into the archery 3-D target that the vest was strapped to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OPFOR View Post
    Yeah, I have about six sets or so... I'm going to be selling some soon, if anyone is interested (Lvl IIIa with Lvl 3+/4 plates).
    What sizes?

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    Yes, a Threat Level III with Trauma Plate issued to me in 1994... I use it today as a safe backstop when loading or unloading my CCW.
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    I still have my first generation Second Chance vest from the 1970s. I don't wear it anymore, I keep it for strictly sentimental reasons.

    Besides, after all these years, the Kevlar material has probably degraded way beyond its orginal strength.


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    I don't believe civilians are allowed to buy body armor in NC... although I could be mistaken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    I still have my first generation Second Chance vest from the 1970s. I don't wear it anymore, I keep it for strictly sentimental reasons.

    Besides, after all these years, the Kevlar material has probably degraded way beyond its orginal strength.
    IIRC I think after 5 years they deteriorate,so if buying a vest check into date of manufacture
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