Hey folks. I bought a plate carrier and two level 3 10"X12" plates off eBay for around $250. The steel is ar500. It is custom made but checked out the seller who has well over 1,000 A+ ratings. I have always wanted body armor but how do you guys think of this? Is it practical? What would YOU use it for? Obviously I am not going to go walking around the grocery store with it but what situations would it be good for? Tornadoes? Thanks and as always , I am trying to learn more of what others use similar gear for to apply to my own systems. The plate carrier is off brand and some stitching seems like it will fail but 90%, including the drag handle, seems good. The armor is not from ar500armor.com who seems like the best company to get ar 500 from which was originally what I thought I was getting from the eBay seller. But the armor is NIJ certified, hopefully they are not making that up but like I said, the reviews are great.