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Old 03-19-2005, 10:45 PM   #1
 
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Does anyone here have any body armor to go with their other survival supplies. If so what kind, where did you get it, and how much did it cost?

Any and all info is helpful and appreciated
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Old 03-20-2005, 05:34 AM   #2
 
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GU-47; Body armor is way down on the list, as for military situations it was designed to stop shell fragments(the biggest killer on the battlefield). In a SHTF scenario for the average civilian,you won't be facing shell fragments and if you are then you're screwed anyways as the enemy has you bracketed and you can't call in any of your own to counter theirs. Soft body armor is better for everyday wear for traveling in areas that you may need a gun or to keep near the bed at night with your gun incase of intruders. The heavier Hard body armor is expensive and heavy for the average Joe and requires one to be in good shape to haul it and your other extras around.It cuts down on your mobility in an emergency which is the only thing a civilian has in his favor. In a pinch I'd rather have extra mags and canteens of water than body armor as you'll probably use them more than the armor.If you live in a very warm climate or even during warm weather in the north,the heat build up in body armor is enormous.You'll need twice as much water or more, than normally needed as you'll be burning up carrying it around with your weapon and extras.Same goes for Helmets.The extra protection you get from them isn't worth the weight or the sensory deprivation that comes with them too!! So I would dump the armor and put up more ammo for training(you never can have too much ammo!) and a great water filter as water borne illnesses are more likely in a SHTF scenario for civilians who will have no medical facilities to be EVAC"d to in an emergency.Just my opinion.....
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Old 03-20-2005, 07:34 AM   #3
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Well put NYPro.!
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Old 03-20-2005, 10:01 AM   #4
 
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Thanks Griff! JMHO.. Did I add that he should have the basics?Water,ammo,food,ammo,shelter,ammo,spare parts,ammo,ammo,and then....well more ammo of course. :2guns: :biggun: :uzi: :ar15: :m16: :soldier:
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Old 03-20-2005, 02:43 PM   #5
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When in doubt....BUY AMMO! :m16:


P.S. If you want decent priced armor. Get friendly with a policeman/deputy, ask to buy their old stuff when they have to trade up, about every 5 years. Usually it comes out of pocket for them. :cop:
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Old 03-20-2005, 03:21 PM   #6
 
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If you really must...try http://www.bulletproofme.com they have great prices on new police trade ins.(supposedly never worn but like new)But like I said..you'd be smarter buying the other stuff.One final word on buying vests from cops: The reason why they buy new ones after 5 years is because the material degrades due to bacteria,washings,UV,and just plain old wear and tear to the point where it may lose some of its abilities to stop bullets or at least a reduction in its rated level. This is why you see old flak jackets for sale,the gov't DX's them because of this reason.I'd hate to be wearing a vest all day thinking it's rated to stop certain types of bullets and have one go through in a SHTF scenario.
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:50 AM   #7
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Re: body armor

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Does anyone here have any body armor to go with their other survival supplies. If so what kind, where did you get it, and how much did it cost?

Any and all info is helpful and appreciated
As stated above stay away from military surplus stuff. It is designed for lightweight ,medium velocity,shell fragments.

You can go to http://www.galls.com and get brand new threat level 3 body armor for around $250. This will stop most any handgun and will still stop any stray fragments you might catch. It is light enough and comfortable to wear all day even during physical activity. Most new stuff is so thin and flexable you can't tell someone is wearing it under light clothes. I wear Safariland zero "G" level 3 stuff everyday and forget it's there. Get a flexable trauma plate with whatever you choose. It adds extra protection to you chest and protects your heart and lungs from blunt force trauma. Hope this helps, TJR
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:46 AM   #8
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Body armor isn't even on my list, although, I have thought about it.

Not being a LEO or living in a crime ridden area, I think for me, more ammo is a better option. Can't even say that more ammo is all that high on my list either. I try to keep enough on hand to last a couple years if I were to go to the range all the time, and reorder as supplies decrease. The wife doesn't seem to notice or say much about ammo, like she does when another gun purchase comes in the door.

Yes, body armor would be nice to own if you live or travel in areas where crime is an issue. If crime gets out of hand, you can bet the farm it will be very hard to find body armor. I'd buy it myself in a heart beat, because it might be my last without it.
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Old 03-21-2005, 05:00 PM   #9
 
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Well guys, I just got back from Iraq about a month ago, and I am here to tell you, when someone is shootin at you for real, you are glad that you are wearing your body armor. I bought my own Interceptor body armor with plates off of Ebay, just before I shipped. With everything we used though, a plate carrier seemed to work the best. You get the protection of the SAPI plates, without the weight of the IBA. Even though body armor is very nice in combat, I wouldn't even thing about spending the money for it until I already had huge stash of ammo and mags for my main battle rifle. But thats just my opinion
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Old 03-22-2005, 01:28 AM   #10
 
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yeti_man04...... Thank you, thank you for being a vet.............


That said. Body armor. I'd weigh in on you'd be better off buying a better set of running shoes! A SHTF scenario, Body armor would be nice, but as some said here, its heavy, its hot (nice in winter, KILLER in summer). Think that weight allowance could be put to better use; like more water or ammo

Just my .02

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