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View Poll Results: Do you have a "bullet proof vest"
Yes, For work protection (LE, Military - Past or Present) 48 32.43%
Yes, For Home Protection 10 6.76%
Yes, For Novelty Purposes 2 1.35%
Yes, From Opportunity (Friend/Store sold them cheap, Given one) 4 2.70%
Yes, Other (please explain) 10 6.76%
No, I don't feel i'll ever need one 40 27.03%
No, Other (Please explain) 34 22.97%
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Old February 7, 2009, 12:01 AM   #1
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How many of you own a "Bullet Proof Vest" and why?

Just curious, I was under the impression that only Swat team members, certain Desert Fox Veterans, and Paranoids had them. But i'm finding out that more and more civilians are getting them... My personal belief is because people are finding out that they are MUCH more affordable. I'd love to have one and thought it would be fun and interesting to find out why you have yours (or why you don't) Please let me know why you chose to get one.

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Old February 7, 2009, 12:08 AM   #2
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Part of the job.
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Old February 7, 2009, 12:36 AM   #3
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Don't own one now but it's not out of the question in the future. I honestly doubt I'd get one, though unless a real need came up since that's good gun money.
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Old February 7, 2009, 08:27 AM   #4
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I don't own one, but I'm not against the idea. I just can't realistically see myself needing one. I highly doubt I'll ever enter a career that requires one, and if some sudden social upheaval sends the country in to complete anarchy I'll be booking down the highway heading to Canada instead of bunking down for the fight.
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Old February 7, 2009, 08:33 AM   #5
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I don't have a need for one at all right now, but I can's say that I'll never need one. I don't have one and don't plan on getting one, but if I do it'll primarily be for novelty purposes.
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Old February 7, 2009, 12:41 PM   #6
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You know, this year my film crews asked me if I could get them vests, not because anything we've filmed has been unsafe but because of the fact that we're around guns all the time — shooting competitions, police and military training, full auto, etc. The crew felt the vests would add a level of comfort. Cool.

I've never thought I needed a vest, but my old pal David Neth from Point Blank Body Armor made a good point: If you were out of town and your spouse had to deal with an intruder, would you feel more comfortable knowing she had body armor?

It's now on my purchase list...

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Old February 7, 2009, 12:52 PM   #7
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Yes, 2 for work.
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Old February 7, 2009, 01:05 PM   #8
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Yeah, for work.
As far as getting one because it would be cool or neat or you're the first one on your block, you should try wearing one for a day first. They're hot, uncomfortable, and, unless your actually putting yourself in a situation where it might actually be needed, generally a pain in the ass.
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Old February 7, 2009, 01:24 PM   #9
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Nope. Not in LE or military and see no need for one at this point. If however, I get into mall security, I'll probably have to have one.
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Old February 7, 2009, 01:56 PM   #10
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Body Armor

I own several for various members of the family. My reasons are my own and I am not a fear-mongerer. Lets be plain, you buy life insurance, wear seatbelts and put bike helmets on your kids right.... why is this any different. As to the comfort issue.... if you dont know how to make one comfortable you havent worn one enough. If you are uncomfortable think about what hurts worse; a bullet or sweat? If you dont have the stones to deal with some sweat; what does that say about your mindset. I have worn all kinds of different BA from PASGT to lo-pro police style and full spectrum with full rifle plates and K-pot in temps from 90 to 110 F all day. drink water, wear cotton or mesh and suck it up. I trained to shoot with it on and still compete that way regardless of the weather. Even on the range how many knuckleheads have ever "swept" you with the muzzle on a condition one weapon? It only takes one bullet. Kevlar is our friend
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Old February 7, 2009, 02:56 PM   #11
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Old February 7, 2009, 03:12 PM   #12
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yes...

...because I happen to be in critical situations from time to time, was targeted by an armed psycho (in the puzzle-factory now) and received threats.
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Old February 7, 2009, 06:36 PM   #13
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GREAAT!

I'm really excited to hear that our officers are wearing them. I'm also glad to know that it's not un-heard of to own them for personal use. I'm kid-less and there's not enough going on to merit BA, (There's barely enough to justify CCW where I am... Generally speaking) But i'll put it on the back burner for now... I don't have a good rifle, and i figure if things are to the point that i need BA then i should at least already have a good long gun.
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Old February 7, 2009, 07:44 PM   #14
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Well I don't have one of them vests.I don't have that type of job. But talk about hot & uncomfertable. Try full leathers on 100 plus deg. days for 8hrs.


" Sweat now or bleed latter "

second picture would have ment hospital time without protection

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Old February 7, 2009, 07:56 PM   #15
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Massad Ayoob has been teaching for years that a vest should be a standard part of your home security kit. It is only common sense to protect yourself as much as possible.
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Old February 7, 2009, 08:00 PM   #16
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I keep one put aside with my AR and case of ammo for when the SHTF.
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Old February 7, 2009, 08:10 PM   #17
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Citizens have been wearing them for a long time. Cab drivers, for example, in those cities where they'd been disarmed.

They've also saved lives by preventing trauma by means other than being shot--such as auto accidents.

They don't appear to be that common, though. Might be as many criminals wearing them as law abiding citizens.

Proper term is ballistic vest.
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Old February 7, 2009, 08:16 PM   #18
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I'm issued one for transports. I take it home with me or leave it in my truck. I don't actually own it.
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Old February 7, 2009, 08:43 PM   #19
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Don't own one, it is issued gear. I think of the vest and SAPIs like my Iraqi Express Card... don't leave the wire without it.
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Old February 7, 2009, 08:50 PM   #20
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I bought one when I started working security. I paid $750.00 for a level II Armor of America vest that was custom fit for me. I would not have been able to purchase it without supplying the retailer proof that I was employed in the security industry, i.e provincially issued security guard licence. There are certain things that should not be made available to just anyone, and I think body armour is one of them. It can be too easy for criminals to get their hands on them. Remember the bank robbery 15+ years ago, I believe it was in L.A., where the robbers were equipped in full body armour and armed with assault rifles and the massive shoot out that took place between them and the police....

If you're not in a job that is "high risk" then you should not be allowed to own it.... But thats just my 2 cents and I'm certain many people will be flaming me for it.
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Old February 7, 2009, 09:03 PM   #21
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They don't appear to be that common, though. Might be as many criminals wearing them as law abiding citizens.
In Florida, it is a 3rd degree felony to wear a bulletproof vest while committing an assortment of crimes and/or gang related activities.
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Old February 7, 2009, 09:30 PM   #22
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If you're not in a job that is "high risk" then you should not be allowed to own it....
I'm not in a high risk job and own body armor, I've also got a registered machine gun (M4) and a form 4 in right now for a silencer.

Someone please stop me before these things make me go out and commit all kinds of crimes.
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Old February 7, 2009, 09:56 PM   #23
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I don't own one because I can't justify the expense for something that would hang at home in my closet because I'm too lazy to wear it.
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Old February 7, 2009, 10:00 PM   #24
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I used to wear a big heavy one...but they made me turn it back in...

I don't know if there are any restrictions on owning protective vests in Ohio, but I think CHL holders should be able to buy them if they feel the need...

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Old February 7, 2009, 10:01 PM   #25
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Vocab.

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Proper term is ballistic vest.

Thank you! I put "Bullet proof vest" in Prin because i wasn't sure... Dad always called it that when referring to his DOC stories/info... I hate slang.
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