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    Body Armor?

    Sure this topic has been posted before but
    was at the local gun show this week
    and a table was selling concealable body
    armor and it just got me thinking if anyone
    on here that is not a on duty LEO ever wears
    body armor. Dont know if I will ever actually buy
    a vest or not but think it may be a good item
    to keep in my safe for when things end up getting crazier
    in society. thanks for the info or thoughts on the subject

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    I like the idea of having some. Why not!

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    I have a couple of kevlar vests. They sit under the edge of the bed, ready to throw on in the event of an intruder in the night. I read this suggestion in an article by Massad Ayoob years ago and have followed this advice ever since.
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    seems like a good idea TN Mike.
    a lot of possible times when a vest
    may come in handy. Bullet Proof me.com
    has a lot of products including vests, blankets,
    and briefcases that are made from kevlar. They
    even have kevlar shields but not sure on the legality or
    bullet proof me policy of a citizen buying or owning the
    shields but they would really be nice to have in a home
    attack. sure there are other sites that offer a wide variety
    of kevlar products as well. I am very surprised criminals dont
    use armor more than they have.

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    I am waiting for the price to come down on the level 3 vests that are really thin. Some companies make vests that look like under shirts. I wouldn't mind owning one.
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    Sure, security officers, undercover loss prevention wear them. They have actually saved several officer's lives in vehicle crashes (trauma plate prevented steering wheel from caving in the sternum). I have a friend who wore one after a very nasty gall bladder surgery where he could have been killed if in a car accident without the protection. Do you travel through bad neighborhoods? I have been shot at 3 times in vehicles (and do wear one if in a bad area). My friend got shot at when passing under an overpass once. Thought it was a backfire until he stopped for gas and found the hole. Do you have enemies that might do you harm? This is a plausible reason for having one. I would call the attorney general in your area and ask them before you are stopped by a cop that asks too many questions. It could be illegal in your area. Also, note that if you commit any crime while wearing one, it automatically bumps it up to a felony if you have a firearm. It is not specified what type of crime could trigger this and could broadly be misconstrued...

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    good points on the subject Gunsmoke16
    I have a motorcycle and have heard of some
    people wearing them while riding for trauma protection

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    I can't see myself wearing a vest to go grocery shopping, but having something at hand in case of societal breakdown or home invasion doesn't sound so wacky.

    Here's the applicable Oregon law to non-felons:
    166.643 Unlawful possession of body armor. (1) A person commits the crime of unlawful possession of body armor if the person, while committing or attempting to commit a felony or misdemeanor involving violence, knowingly:
    (a) Wears body armor; and
    (b) Possesses a deadly weapon.
    (2) Unlawful possession of body armor is a Class B felony. [2001 c.635 3]

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    I work corrections and have thought about getting a stab proof vest to wear at work. But I'm not sure if they are authorized and they are pretty bulky.
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    I only wear mine on SRT calls... However I do have it in the bedroom in case of a break-in at home and I have time to put it on.

    If I ever need to "clear" my house, I would wear it.

    I certainly didn't buy it. It was issued to me.

    I don't think I would spend the money on body armor for the very, very, very limited use it would get under the home situations I just described.
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    I wear mine at work most of the time except on hikes. Heat injury is a larger threat than gunfire in the areas we hike.
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    I've worn one (IIA) on duty for 12 years now.

    I still can't get used to how uncomfortable it is, nothing is better than body armor on a 90+ degree day. Also, I don't think it's something you have time to don in a crisis and that's why it's not on the seat next to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larefugee View Post
    I can't see myself wearing a vest to go grocery shopping, but having something at hand in case of societal breakdown or home invasion doesn't sound so wacky.

    Here's the applicable Oregon law to non-felons:
    Well, that saves me from having to look that one up, but it turns out I did remember the law correctly...

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    It took me years to get comfortable wearing armor that was tailor made for me much less some off the rack stuff. Not sure where a citizen would get the chance to wear some except for a SHTF scenario, and that is not the time to try to get used to it or wearing it with your other gear. Not to mention it will likely only stop handgun rounds and that is not what you would be facing. - George

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    A good compromise is a ballistic insert. Can be used in a laptop bag, briefcase, backpack, diaper bag, large purse, etc.

    I have one in my briefcase - Level III. Will stop pistol caliber bullets even when fired by carbine-length barrels.

    Cost is reasonable - got mine from BulletProofME.com Body Armor / Bullet proof Vests
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