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Body armor?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Birdmang, Jul 28, 2009.

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  1. Birdmang

    Birdmang Member

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    Does anyone wear it on a daily basis who isn't a Brinks Driver or a police officer?

    In a holster thread someone mentioned wearing "plates" which I expect to be body armor.

    I was just wondering why you wear it, how it feels, maneuverability, and what situations you wear it in?


    Thanks!
     
  2. ClickClickD'oh

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    I wore it everyday as a police officer and on field operations days currently.. You couldn't pay me enough to wear it when I'm not getting paid.

    If you want to know what wearing body armor is like, take two heavy pieces of cardboard and leave them out it the sun all day. Then dunk them in warm water just enough to get them damp but not soft... then duck tape them around your torso. Now put your clothes on over the cardboard.

    Yeah, it's teh suck.
     
  3. Birdmang

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    Thats what I thought, about them sucking hard...I didn't want to offend anyone with saying that it is overkill but thats just an opinion, I don't know where people live or what they encounter.

    I have this workout weighted vest that is 40 lbs, I imagine its something like wearing that.
     
  4. rcmodel

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    Anyone who wears body armor or a vest that doesn't have too due to job requirements needs to:

    1. Get some mental health counseling.
    2. Change their life-style totally.
    3. Quit their low-paying job at the all-night Stop & Rob store.
    4. Move to a safer part of town.
    5. All of the above.

    rc
     
  5. Z-Michigan

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    This is a great thread!

    I've heard lots of statements about how unpleasant body armor is to wear, but this is by far the most descriptive and easy to understand one that I've read!
     
  6. hokeyplyr48

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    Yea they're pretty bad. But if you're willing to shell out the big bucks for the lighter/countour shaped plates then their a lot better. Supposedly dragon skin is alot more comfortable to wear since it's not rigid but I haven't gotten a chance to wear it. I know a couple people that have it but have yet to wear it.
     
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    No.

    Also, keep in mind that there are maintence issues that you must keep up with. For example, ceramic plates must be x-rayed yearly, and if you drop them, then they can be ruined. Plus, it's very expensive and heavy. Soft armor is bulky. Armor has shelf life.

    I'm just pointing out these things so that if you are considering getting armor, you must really do your research, have it properly fitted, and properly take care of it lest it become useless weight.
     
  8. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    I wear it daily as an armored car guard. Very uncomfortable, sweaty as heck in the summer (in NJ...could only imagine how hot it would be down south) limits your mobility a little too and feels awkward even months after wearing it if you are wearing it under your clothes. there are covers intended to wear the vest outside the clothes which is a little more comfortable but would have no "off duty" purpose besides making you look dumb. It's not worth wearing unless you have a job like security/LE.
     
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