I don't have one, but I've often considered purchasing one. I wouldn't just get the vest though, I'd make sure I had the ballistic plates as well. I seriously doubt that I would ever wear it out and about, but rather I'd like to own one to wear while training with my carbine. Vest and plates, combat load, etc.
A properly fitted, well made vest is comfortable to wear....as long as its always 65 degrees out and slightly cloudy with a mild breeze. They are hot, will make you sweat, can be tiresome to wear after 8 hours...and they start to smell funny after a while..... and i have never seen one that didnt stand out when worn under a shirt. One plus side to a vest...its a handy place to stick a BUG. I carried a 357 snubbie in a velcro on holster under my arm when i was on the force....worked very well.
Being a police officer I was issued body armor. The one I was issued is so poorly made I do not wear it. It hangs over my duty belt. If you use a 2 hand hold for shooting the front bunches up to a pyramid about 3 inches of your chest. Arm movement is severly restricted. It is just about time to trade them in one new ones but I doubt that will happen. If you want a vest go buy it from the shop, have them measure you for it while you move so it will be made properly.
There are some interesting, new ballistic daypacks catching some traction in the CCW world. But, to answer your question, I have an older vest...and I NEVER wear it. I'd personally rather have the mobility & comfort without it, than the false sense of security of something that only covers 30% of my body & won't stop a rifle round.
Same here. I own a U.S. palm defender vest in the handgun configuration for the same reason. It is level 3A with 10 inch x 12.5 inch soft Kevlar plates, so this particular vest only covers your vital organs area.
I have toyed around with the idea to get a vest that is easier to conceal, but I'll let you hear this from the LEO's on here. It is one of the most uncomfortable items I have ever tried to wear on my body. For that reason, I do not wear it with my EDC stuff.
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