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    Quote Originally Posted by tattedupboy View Post
    In most jurisdictions, it is illegal to wear body armor while in the commission of a felony (for the life of me I can't figure out why; if you're committing a felony, what difference does it make whether you're wearing body armor?).
    I've thought about that myself. The best reason I can think of is just to make one more charge against the felon.

    I own a level 3A vest but I rarely wear it. I keep the vest beside my bed or in my truck ready to be used if needed.

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    Seems like for fashionable ballistic protection, the Israelis are a good place to start :) I am waiting for mine in the mail - I'll let you know how I like it -

    http://www.go-net.co.il/ZFI/Pages/Products.aspx?CID=1
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    Wearability is more important than the protection level. It doesn't matter how great the armor is if you are not wearing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scdapmp View Post
    thanks for the info. Looks like the best plan is buy new and two different vest, light weight and heavy duty.

  6. I have mixed thoughts on wearing body armor - but for different reasons. I have worked as a security officer for over 20 + years. Of course, while working I wear it religiously. Off duty is something else. I do not go into high crime areas off the clock as I have no reason to. that being said, I have worn it off the clock simply due to the fact that the day of errends had a risk to them - picking up large sum of money at the bank for a purchase or something to that effect. Please think about this - if a BG will shoot and kill a gas station clerk over 20 bucks in the till, what do you think they will do to you if they happen to see you at the bank putting a few hundred or more into your wallet? Generally, I dont wear it off the clock.

    That being said - as the otherposts sugest - there are things to think about. For example - is it legal for you to wear/possess body armor where you live? The weather conditions should also be considered (assuming you are not a LEO) . there are many different type sof body armor out there. Design and fit are two thing to look at. The threat level of the armor is another. As a general rule, IIa should do just fine. Higher than that and you are talking assault rifle stopping power and as a civilian, is unlikely for you to encounter.

    Keep looking around but first and formost - check the legalities of it first for where you live. That may make the choice for you.

    Good luck to you

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    These vests are for the professionals who go into harms way daily.
    They are so hot, products like this are on the market.
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    I have had body armor since the riots in LA, provided by the newspaper I used to work for, so I'm somewhat familiar with the subject. Level IIIA will protect up to .44 mag and that is what I have. Mine is Spectra not Kevlar and both have their features. If you want to be protected against rifle fire you'll need at least level III, but there is one thing most people don't think about and that is blunt force trauma. If you aren't of substantial build and in good health that can kill you even though you are wearing a vest. Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 84B20 View Post
    I have had body armor since the riots in LA, provided by the newspaper I used to work for, so I'm somewhat familiar with the subject. Level IIIA will protect up to .44 mag and that is what I have. Mine is Spectra not Kevlar and both have their features. If you want to be protected against rifle fire you'll need at least level III, but there is one thing most people don't think about and that is blunt force trauma. If you aren't of substantial build and in good health that can kill you even though you are wearing a vest. Just a thought.

    If you've had your vest since the LA riots, I strongly recommend you check the pull date on your armor plates. All soft body armor expires. Kevlar lasts longer than Spectra.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock Fan View Post
    If you've had your vest since the LA riots, I strongly recommend you check the pull date on your armor plates. All soft body armor expires. Kevlar lasts longer than Spectra.gf
    Where did you get your statistics about Kevlar vs. Spectra? I have had the vest since then but have only had it on 3 or 4 times since then and only one time for a full day. It has been stored in a protective case all this time and for the last 10 years here in New Mexico, a very dry and pollution free (at least in the northern region where I live) climate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 84B20 View Post
    Where did you get your statistics about Kevlar vs. Spectra? I have had the vest since then but have only had it on 3 or 4 times since then and only one time for a full day. It has been stored in a protective case all this time and for the last 10 years here in New Mexico, a very dry and pollution free (at least in the northern region where I live) climate.

    We had a local LEO killed in the line of duty. Though he was shot in an area not protected by the Spectra vest, during the investigation, they discovered that his vest had deteriorated faster than the expiration date (as printed on the armor plates), and would not have provided adequate protection if he did get shot in the vest.

    Proper storage is important, however the expiration dates on the plates are there for a reason. Being that your life could literally be at stake, I'd sooner replace the armor plates than use them past the expiration date. Some companies have an actual expiration date, others have a xx years from the date of issue type expiration date.

    Stay safe!



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