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Old 02-03-2013, 05:15 PM   #1
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My volunteer RSO duty and the number of novice gun owners has me considering wearing a vest on my duty days. My primary concern is the pistol range AND I do not wish to look like a Mall Ninja while doing this.

So...I'm looking for suggestion on a vest that's comfortable, concealable, and will stop any major pistol caliber at close range.

I would greatly appreciate input from LEO's and RSO's who have experience wearing a vest daily and I'm hoping to stay in the $300.00 range...if possible.

Pulling RSO duty is by far my favorite way to spend a Sunday but with 4 kids to support it's irresponsible of me to have not taken measure sooner.

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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Anyone... Anyone... Bueller... Bueller?

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LEO here. $300 range probably won't happen.

I wear a safariland Kevlar vest w/ chest trauma plate. It will greatly "resist" all handgun rounds, except 5.7x28 rounds.

It wears well. Not too bulky. Keeps warm in winter, like a sauna in the summer.

It was provided to me via city gov't. I believe they paid around $600+ for our vests. We're a large Dept as well, I'm sure discounts were applied.

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Check this out. I'm thinking about it.
http://infidelbodyarmor.com/index.php?ain_page=index&cPath=4&zenid=hjh0m8shidb q4tc4u5srsm3fv2

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Hey Bud, as Logan said, you are not going to find one for $300. I used a second chance and I can't remember the brand my wife wore but they were both level III. Our agency paid for them and I am sure they were over $800. You might be able to find level II for about $600. Good luck with you search.

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Thoughts on this model? As I understand it, the Twaron scare is over and I know it's Goldflex, but what are the overall downsides to it? http://www.policehq.com/Products/STR-SF3A

Or this? http://www.galls.com/CGBCSTYL?PMSTYL=BP383

Just want to understand what to look for.
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Thoughts on this model? As I understand it, the Twaron scare is over and I know it's Goldflex, but what are the overall downsides to it? http://www.policehq.com/Products/STR-SF3A

Or this? http://www.galls.com/CGBCSTYL?PMSTYL=BP383

Just want to understand what to look for.
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Check out bulletproofme.com for their LEO turn ins and over runs. Looks like they run 195 to 290 depending on size and color for level II soft armor.

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Tack , what about US Palm ?
They have a slick that has nothing on the outside , I think this could be worn over a undershirt and under your duty shirt and not stick out like a sore d!ck .
$199 with front panel and another $99 for the rear panel
https://uspalm.com/component/magebridge/us-palm-defender-slick.html?Itemid=102

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Tack , what about US Palm ?
They have a slick that has nothing on the outside , I think this could be worn over a undershirt and under your duty shirt and not stick out like a sore d!ck .
$199 with front panel and another $99 for the rear panel
https://uspalm.com/component/magebridge/us-palm-defender-slick.html?Itemid=102
That's pretty nice...

Looks like I could choose between a new one of these w/out side protection for about the same cost as an LEO over run with side protection.

We wear a rather loose and bulky safety orange vest while on RSO duty so I think either be easilly concealable.

Looks like Ive got a decision to make. Thanks for the link!

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Tack , what about US Palm ?
They have a slick that has nothing on the outside , I think this could be worn over a undershirt and under your duty shirt and not stick out like a sore d!ck .
$199 with front panel and another $99 for the rear panel
https://uspalm.com/component/magebridge/us-palm-defender-slick.html?Itemid=102
Only question is I don't see any NIJ standard or proof of testing on the site.
And looking at a picture here, I don't know if this is what you're looking for as coverage appears limited. I think bulletproofme.com will be the best option.
http://uspalm.com/news-and-media/interviews-a-featured-articles/52-strike-international-review.html
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