GUN Body armor questions

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  1. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Do you get a carrier and then trauma plates? Or can you get an all-in-one vest/jacket? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method? My objective is to have protection against rifle bullets even if it's only for one or two hits.
     
  2. Alamo_Jake

    Alamo_Jake Sorry I'm not sorry.

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    Are you planning on getting shot at anytime soon?
     
  3. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Nope. It's going in with my emergency/disaster kit. So do you have something constructive to contribute or are you just going to question how I want to spend my money?
     
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    Alamo_Jake Sorry I'm not sorry.

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    My bad man, didn't realize you'd get all offensive. Just curious.
     
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    Soybomb New Member

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    I can't encourage you more strongly to visit tacticalforums and read up there. Theres a lot of great information body armor there compared to the vast amount of crap thats floating around (both information and product wise).
     
  6. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Do those add-ons restrict your mobility? Why would you get both a soft insert and a hard plate?
     
  7. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    But if you have the rifle plates, do the soft inserts serve a purpose? I would think that if they can stop 5.56/7.62, they'd stop 9mm/.45/etc.
     
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    Fireball OT Supporter

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    And this is why my emergency AR mags are loaded rotates, soft tip, SS109, soft tip, SS109.

    :cool:
     
  9. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    I don't think SS109 can defeat Level IV armor considering it can't penetrate hardened steel. If anything, you'd need at least M995 for that.
     
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    Fireball OT Supporter

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    Well, even if it makes it through slightly smaller body armor, great. I doubt that most are going to have level IV armor on anyways.

    And who says that I'll shoot the same spot? I promise you won't have level IV everywhere.
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Sorry but the other guy is right, its really a poor choice. ss109 isn't going through any hard armor, your good defensive ammo will go through soft armor just as well and has a much better terminal effect
     
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    Depends upon what you want. You can get standalone plates or in-conjunction plates. Guess which one needs to have IIIA soft armor behind it to make the III or IV rating. I have two sets of in-conjunction Lvl. IV plates, as well as two IIIA vests for them to go in. I have a plate carrier as well, but to wear only plates with no soft armor would be useless, because they're in-conjunction plates.

    For those situations, there are companies that make IIIA inserts for plate carriers that are meant to go behind in-conjunction plates. If you don't want the size, weight, limited mobility, and better coverage of a full vest, then a plate carrier may be the solution. But look at what you really need to make that work.
     
  14. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    I snagged an Interceptor vest w/ level IIIA soft inserts, neck/collar and groin protection. Next month, I'll grab a set of level IV 10"x13" plates.
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Helmet's on the list but I want the plates then maybe NVGs next.
     
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    I work security at a major mall and I am worried that I will need to take multiple rounds of .338 Laupa to the back. What should I buy that will meet my needs?
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Make sure your wife lays down cover fire.
     
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    mall shooters use ak47's or SKS's so all you need is something that will stop 7.62x39
     
  20. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    Don't forget a brief case with kevlar inserts, to protect your head.
     
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    You can never be too careful. You are right that most people prefer 7.62x39, but a sophisticated crime syndicate might place a sniper with .338 or 50 bmg to take out a high value security target such as my self. Why else would I rotate between 4 diffrent routes to/from work each day?

    EDIT: PS - Sorry for the thread hi-jack. It's just you don't get an oppertunity this good to bring up the mall ninja that often.
     
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    If you're shooting from cover like you should be, all the parts of you that are protected by the vest should also be behind cover anyway. :mamoru:
     
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    I'm so glad my armor cost me nothing close to what you dufuses are paying. I think I payed $200 for my interceptor, no plates. I payed $150 for a pair of Lvl IV plates. Then I payed $90 for my other vest and plates together from a dude who just came back from a contracting gig. I'm assuming they weren't dropped too much.
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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