Originally Posted by Tackleberry1
I've been looking at some level II LEO used and over run vests at bulletproofme.com
I understand these have a 5 year warranty period but this site has video of 11 year old vests stoping everything they were designed to stop... And they seem to Run about half the cost of new.
The only armor I've ever worn was the old woodland camo flak vests that were standard issue back in my grunt days and would appreciate your insight...
If it was your money...
Would you be concerned about a vest that was older than 5 years...
Tuckable flaps? Do these prevent the best from riding up while seated...
Side protection... Sure, it's more protection but is it so uncomfortable that you'd rather not wear it at all...
I'd imaging you've gon through several of these over the years so please enlighten me. With 3 of 4 kids "yet to raise" I'd like to make sure that any range mishaps result in cracked or broken ribs rather than a through and through from some newbs FMJ target load..
We tested some old Level IIA armor a few years back. These had been used for a year in drown proofing training. They had been soaked in a swimming pool numerous times and air dried after. They were 14 years old. They all stopped better than they were rated for. Even stopped my .41 Mag 170gr JHC @ 1600 fps!
The old PASGT vests stop pretty well too. The only thing we were able to shoot through them was .357 Sig FMJ's
Any armor is better than no armor. I would stay away from the "gold" armor or anything with Zylon. That stuff is crap. Not thermally stable. LGet it over about 120 degrees and it breaks down.
Originally Posted by AR10
Mandatory as an employee of the range, or mandatory to use the range?
Everyone on the range. Shooting, officiating or observing.