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Ballistic ("Bulletproof") Vests?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by IcemanUnlimited, Apr 6, 2011.

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  1. IcemanUnlimited

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    Just curious, how many people here besides me wear one out in public? Of course I wear mine UNDER my shirt, don't need to be freaking everyone out.
     
  2. oldbear

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    On the "job" I had to wear a vest daily, and I never like it. Now retired I have no need to wear a vest, nor do I understand why anyone not employed in law enforcement or some type of security would need to ware a vest.
     
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  3. Uteridge

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    Not sure why anyone who is not reasonably likely to get in a gunfight would wear a bulletproof vest? Carry a gun...yes. Wear a hot uncomfortable vest every day without living a fairly dangerous lifestyle...no. Just my opinion but this is a free country so I certainly wouldn't push for a law to keep someone from wearing a vest; after all I am a conservative and believe in fewer restrictions from big brother. If that is what floats your boat then by all means, don't forget the side SAPI plates.
     
  4. USAF_Vet

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    I have one, but it's more of a momento than than anything else. I've never worn it in public, under the shirt or exposed. I live in a pretty safe area though, and the random gunfire I do hear is usually a neighbor shooting a racoon or something. But it does rest next to my bed in case of a late night home invasion.
     
  5. Diggers

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    Nope.
     
  6. Oyeboten

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    I have a couple nice ones from the very late 1920s and early 1930s, rated to stop Thomson rounds, .38 Super and 30-30 Rifle.

    They just look like a regular Suit Vest, only they come up higher, or the one has a fake White Shirt part showing at the center top.

    Never have had any occasion to wear them though.

    Actually, fine with me if I never do have any occasion to wear them in any ernest.

    I used to have some various employment situations where they might have come in handy, but, I managed alright without them.
     
  7. KimberUltra

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    No. Unless you live in a rough area I think it's a touch over paranoid. No offense at all. You can wear one if you'd like. lol
     
  8. BENBRU

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    Nope... No reason to wear it anymore. I have one, it's hanging in the closet with all the other useless stuff I've collected.
     
  9. BikerRN

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    I keep one at bedside to don when I go check that "bump in the night".

    As for wearing one in public, only when working.

    BikerRN
     
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  11. Cal-gun Fan

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    Just me...but I kind of think wearing a bullet proof vest while in public...unless you are Law Enforcement...is a bit poser-ish.
     
  12. LeonCarr

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    Vests are designed to be comfort-ing, not comfort-able. It is nice having something covering your vitals that will stop bullets.

    Even in 110 degree heat and coming home 7 pounds lighter from water weight loss, it is still the best thing to have on over or under a uniform. The Kevlar Survivors Club has over 3000 members whose lives have been saved by body armor.

    Louis Awerbuck says in his book Tactical Reality something like, "Anyone who can wear body armor and doesn't is a stupid idiot".

    Just my .02,
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  13. Jeff White

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    Never worn mine off duty. Doubt I ever will...
     
  14. SimplyChad

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    well I have 2 both are 3a one for me one for mrs. Dont wear it. Probably never will. I only have them for if the border violence pops off here in el paso. Things would get bad fast.
     
  15. IcemanUnlimited

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    Well I retail them, might as well take advantage of such easy access, lol. There's some people who don't like me out there.. I think the saying is "you're not paranoid if they're really out to get you".

    If you're not going around advertising it, I don't see how it could be "poser-ish". I wear it UNDER my clothing, most people probably don't even notice I have it on.
     
  16. Ironman

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    I have one hanging next to the safe but vie never needed it. It would be utilized in a SHTF scenario but not everyday use.
     
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    I'm going to start wearing a vest. I just got a job as an RSO. I used to BS with the old RSO and I thought his wearing a vest was a little over the top... after a week as an RSO, with all the noobs around and the things I've seen them do :what:, I'm wearing one now, too. I'll probably put it on in the morning before leaving the house and take it off when I get home, if I stop and get gas or something and I'm technically "in public" so be it.
     
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    IIa for 60 hours a week for a decade, soaked in sweat all summer, freezing in the winter. No longer LE and will never strap another one on.

    I *can* wear a vest, unless I live in a war zone no-one is an idiot for not wearing one. I *can* also drive to work in an armor plated vehicles with body guards.
     
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    No why would you unless you expected someone was going to try to kill you, especially here in FL.I think that's over the top. You may have a reason why you feel you need one, if so than that's your business.
     
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    Never wore mind off duty, outside of range training where I wanted to work layout on my kit.
     
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    I can't remember exactly where, but I've trawled around the internet and found vests made to look like "regular clothes" like jean jackets and such, rated to IIIA. And IIIA backpacks, briefcases, laptop cases, etc. Course, they were exorbitantly expensive.
     
  22. ghostwriter

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    I have two (one for me, the other for...) in my B.O.B. never a daily fashion statement. They might get outlawed here in Komunist ********** if Nancy P. has her way about things so I got mine early, just to be safe you know... LOL
     
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    On Duty , all the time . off duty ? no thanks .
     
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    I've worn a IIIA vest for tens of thousands of hours of work as a police officer, and have NO desire to wear that uncomfortable, smelly, annoying sweat-suit outside of work. Vests are hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and never as comfortable as wearing a regular piece of clothing.

    As the others have said, I can't understand why anyone would want to wear one of these things if they weren't working in a capacity where they expected to have a significantly above-average chance of becoming involved in a gun fight.

    If you like to wear one for personal outings, more power to you. Since you sell them and like to take advantage of the access to them, I can't fault you for your logic. But, from my perspective on the subject, the idea seems about as appealing to me as walking around while trying to balance a brick on my head all day!
     
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    As often as I wear my garlic necklace.
     
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