a question about british surplus body armor

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by aristoi, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. aristoi

    aristoi New Member

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    I found a great deal on British surplus body armor I have a question about maybe you guys can help, I will cut and past what it says followed by my question.

    British Military Cover Body Armor


    British Military Cover Body Armor

    Great European Military Item

    Genuine European Surplus
    British Military Desert Camouflage Cover Body Armor MK III
    MOLLE Webbing
    Hook-n-Loop Side Panels on Each Side for Custom Fit
    Adjustable Hook-n-Loop Shoulders for Ease of Entry and Exit
    British Flag Sewn on Right Shoulder
    Like New Condition
    Excellent Price

    It really is a great price but I want to know if it will take plates. I know nothing about over the pond stuff so I haven't a clue. Any one can shed some light on this for me. It looks very similar to ours yet suttle differences.
     
  2. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards. Staff Member

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    I guess they don't need body armor over there since there are no more guns, not even in the hands of bad guys, right? ;):D

    Sorry, couldn't resist that opportunity. Hope that works out for ya!
     

  3. seancslaughter

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  4. aristoi

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    ya I kinda gathered that when it said cover. That's why I wanted to know about the plates. The site ware I found mine is cheaper and you get more the shoulder covers are included. I don't have a lot of cash floating around so I like to buy things a piece at a time. this would be a great start. I just wish it was in woodland camo like the rest of my gear, but beggars cant be choosers.
     
  5. seancslaughter

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    The Kevlar inserts for that will be hard to find and will most likely cost about $600 if you include the hard plates looking at about $1100 for the specific ones for that system. New body armor would probably be cheaper


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  6. aristoi

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    wow thanks for the heads up. I guess the search continues sigh :( Little by little tho the gear is coming together.
     
  7. aristoi

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    very nice But out of my price range as well. plus I am looking for one with the neck an shoulder and upper arm guards to go with my Kevlar elbow pads. I dont mind picking up a cover and adding the plates as I can afford them one at a time. My BOV payment takes most of my disability check so yes money is a issue.
     
  8. seancslaughter

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    well the ibas system there has the lvl 3 panels with it not just the cover. we have a neck and groin cover on it but no shoulder things. Anyway the first thing we pulled off of those things when we got to Iraq was the groin protector and the neck piece its just added uncomfortable weight.
     
  9. aristoi

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    I must admit if its not obvious already to being a neby to body armor so all the terminology on the adds are lost on me. but I do how ever know what I want it for so that has to count for some thing :)
     
  10. beastmode986

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    Will that carrier not accept ar500 plates? I see ar500 sets for 120-190$ non coated or coated for front rear and side plates.



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  11. aristoi

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    I wouldn't even know where to check to see. I cant even find the plate for the system. osprey one yes the 3 and up no. I cant even find mention of a 2 so I think the Brits skipped that number lol In my mind tho time is short but I have to remember patience the wrong stuff will get me killed faster the having nothing. plus I don't want to loose my BOV just in case My intuition is wrong. I also have to get a Kevlar helmet yet. I know I preach don't dress like a soldier and I have gone to great pains to yes use soldiers gear but make sure there is no way I cant mistaken for one but still be protected in a WOROL situation.
     
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  12. seancslaughter

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    Honestly that shoulder, neck and groin protector are not really great we stripped all that crap off for the most part. When running the groin thing would slap you in the ding dong and the throat protection scrapes up your chin. I'm sure you can fit most hard trauma plates in either carrier it's the soft panel ones that are carrier specific


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  13. aristoi

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    I can live with out the groin protection I will have to admit To me however neck is a must chafing or no. As for the soft protection teach me Please so I understand is that just Kevlar and ware would that go on a system like the osprey 3. I once found a better system but for cheaper brand new but cant find the page again after my pc crashed. Some body really should write up a sticky all about body armor. The terminology what it can and cant do and every thing about it.
     
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  14. seancslaughter

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    Ok so the pieces of armor are as follows. Cover or carrier is the soft shell that holds the actual armor. Kevlar soft inserts are the actual body armor portion and are usually carrier specific they have different NIJ protection levels such as lvl II, lvl IIa, lvl 3, lvl 3a these are woven kevlar. Trauma plates they have a few different types you have blunt trauma plates that protect from impacts and you have ballistic inserts aka plates that are either metal or ceramic that are designed to stop rifle rounds these are lvl 4 and 5. they also have special vests for prison guards that protect against sharp force like knives and shivs.
     
  15. AIKIJUTSU

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    British body armor ("armour"?).
    Is that the kind that is covered with pink lace?
    :cool:
     
  16. seancslaughter

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    thats basically what our troops wear except we called it an IBAS that is just the carrier and has absolutely no ballistic protection included
     
  17. beastmode986

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    Dude, I would just pull the trigger and get the british armor. Im going to assume it takes standard plates and if it doesn't you're only out 60$ and you still have a durable rig. Then buy some coated ar500 plates on eBay or the ar500 website most plate carriers take them, maybe all? I haven't seen a modern one that wont.


    EDIT: midway's description says

    "Inside is lined with breathable mesh and has hook-n-loop access for inserting Kevlar® filler or plates (not included)."

    So I think its safe to assume it will fit standard plates.
     
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