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P1000809-1_max50

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I am going to start my LE career in the comming months and i would like to know everyones opinion on Body Armor. I see online that you can get a IIIA vest for anywhere from 299.00 to 2,000. I know the vest is one of the most important parts of the uniform and not something i want to "skimp" on but would ike to know of what types and brands are the most recommended.

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Secondchance. I wore what was issued to be honest with you. They used my old one on the range and it stopped everything they used but the 223 round penetrated.

P1000809-1_max50

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Also just to answer. My future Dept does not issue a vest (very low budget) so i am responsible for purchasing my own.

Vegas9_max50

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The more the vest is, the more chance it will stop a bullet! But i have a IIA eagle. 450 $

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Sorry to hear that. never heard of a dept that doesn't buy vests. There are govt. grants avail. to depts for these things. good luck.

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msg115 said:

Sorry to hear that. never heard of a dept that doesn't buy vests. There are govt. grants avail. to depts for these things. good luck.

The last dept I worked for did not buy vest either and with the DOJ grants the dept had to pay half the cost and they could not do that due to limited budget. There were 13 street deputies when I left only one deputy had a vest and of course that was paid for by the deputy. The dept I work for now provides all the guys a vest.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Thats good. I had to buy my service weapon and duty belt. Thats about it.

Death_max50

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Level IIIA is probably the best level you can get without resorting to trauma plating. If the vest is rated at a IIIA it should be acceptable for most applications. The most important factor in choosing a vest is the fit and coverage. Get the highest rated you can afford, and make sure that it covers as much of your torso as you can comfortably, and WEAR IT.

P1000809-1_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

i am looking at the level IIIA and there are so many different brands and what not. i am wondering what everyone here wears/suggests.
Thank you for your help so far.

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navydoc27 said:

I am going to start my LE career in the comming months and i would like to know everyones opinion on Body Armor. I see online that you can get a IIIA vest for anywhere from 299.00 to 2,000. I know the vest is one of the most important parts of the uniform and not something i want to "skimp" on but would ike to know of what types and brands are the most recommended.

My Department issues us IIA Body Armor..........never work without it, but navy you need to Remember, Remember, Remember....COVER is your best friend when the time comes. Cops have died from stray bullets getting around the Armor. Good Luck

P1000809-1_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

So is level IIIA too much, i am seeing quit a feww of you wearing the IIA. is there a reason?

i understand cover is your best friend. Thank you for your assistance.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Get the highest level with the most comfort if money's not an object, you want to be comfortable wearing that electric blanket in the summer months.......my department don't have the money for lllA so we make due.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

ive shot 9mm hollow point at point blank at a busted up kevler plate before.. it stoped it. also stoped .45, .40, 357mag.

But regardless of it stopping its still gonna fudge you up from the blunt force that comes with it.


Everything you do can get you killed, including doing nothing at all..

Death_max50

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Level IIA is acceptable for most departments because of cost and overall effectiveness. Level IIIA covers a few larger calibers. The name brand really isn't the most important aspect, since it's the rating that actually counts. A few important points to remember; Level IIIA is thicker and consequently heavier than Level IIA. Most come with an optional trauma plate of either added kevlar or steel for the center chest. Opt for the kevlar, low calibers have been recorded bouncing off the steel and striking the wearer. ANY vest is better than none, and none work if you don't wear it.

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I have the TRAUMA PAD for multiple hits.......yeah like I want to be hit with automatic fire !

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Second Chance is what I wear. It was issued. The first department I worked for did not provide them. I worked the first two years of my career without a vest. (That Big Red "S" on my chest protected me, looking back at it now it really meant STUPID instead of Super) That was in 1986. There are grants out their that departments can apply for to get officers vests. I believe the agency must purchase it but then it is re-embursed back to the agency.
Working this job without a vest is like playing russian roulette, eventually you will lose.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

MY PD DID NOT PROVIDE VEST EITHER BUT I DID GET IN GOOD WITH ANOTHER PD AND THEY LET ME USE AN EXTRA THAT THEY HAD. I AT THE TIME AND STILL NOW CAN’T AFORD THE BEST BUT ANY VEST IS BETER THEN NONE

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You also want to check deformity. How much the vests gives on the back side of a shot. Light thin vests are nice but will deform alot more than a more rigid heavier vest. I have a first choice vest did so research and found alot that I liked. All vests are tested to a IIIA level but the difference is the density and how much the vests deform when shot. Vest is also able to defeat some knife threats not ice picks but some cuts. Test vest we did was shot multiple times from different angles. The NIJ requirements are that test shots are made from an area measured in from the edge 3 inches before its test shot. The test vest was shot many times right out to the edge. Downside its heavier and not as flexiable as the newer armors my department issues ABA which is very thin and flexiable but I still wear my own. Its also pretty expensive in comparison to other armor companies

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Dragonskin all the way. Nothing better, but the price is astronomical.

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What you need to do is check here on-line and see what the experts say. The departments I have worked for would buy second chance IIA vests. They were comfortable and got good reviews. Their are so many different companies out there now. So I would suggest you research it. Go to the different dealers, try them on, see what you think you are going to be comfortable in, remember you are going to be wearing this everyday. You will want something light weight and that is going to cost a little more. I know how I would feel about buying a vest.

My wife is going to have to purchase one when she compleates her training and i know we are going to get the best one out there and also make sure she is comfortable in it.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

I wear ABA extgreme level IIIA, when you look at prices just ask yourself how much YOU Value your life.. ALWAYS wear a vest at work..


All thats is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.