Got Armor? Wear It!

While I believe that the possession of body armor by a criminal or during the commission of a crime should be an additional criminal charge against the suspect, I truly believe that sheepdogs should be able to own and wear body armor for their personal protection.


I see the days coming in the fairly near future that those who have body armor will need to wear it on a daily basis, whether LE or not.   Get level III or IIIA if you can afford it.  But remember, it’s better to be wearing level II if you get shot than nothing at all.  It’s 25 pounds that can save your life.

A few important things to know about body armor.  Even level IV rifle plates (steel OR ceramic) will not stop a .50cal.  And even with rifle plates, you are going to feel the blow of a 5.56 or a 7.62. 

Soft body armor is considered successful in stopping a bullet even if you get a heck of a bruise or broken ribs.  The NIJ standards allow for about a 44mm backface deformation, and if you think that won’t bother you, please let me smack you in the chest with a ball peen hammer as hard as I can.  44mm backface deformation means that the armor will push that far into your chest, back or stomach.  A bruise you won’t forget. 

Another thing to think about is that there are unprotected areas that can still allow you to get shot, hopefully not fatally.  The armor does not normally  extend to your belt line, and that can be a good thing.  Early body armor was about as flexible as a chunk of plywood.  If your vest was too long, and sometimes if it wasn’t, you’d slide into your patrol car and get your belly pinched between the armor and your duty belt when you sat down.  It’s something you never forget.  That early stiff-as-a-board kevlar was good for absorbing body punches or protecting you from the steering wheel in an accident, but climbing through a window or over a fence was a real pain. 

The stuff our troops wear in the sandbox is heavier and hotter, but protects better.  And speaking of hot, there is no way to describe working checkpoints, etc. in 100 degree humid weather with no breeze, but it’s a great way to lose weight (or get seriously dehydrated).  But like the officer in the story above, better hot than shot

For my brother and sister LEO’s, I remind you to wear your armor ALL THE TIME!  And for  security officers, sheepdogs, and average Joe citizen, consider becoming one of the few, the overheated, the survivors.


19 comments on “Got Armor? Wear It!

  1. Notwende says:

    Sometimes there may be other reasons for overheating.
    Like running, for example.
    Or because of that Ghillie 😬

  2. Smitty says:

    I have soft and hard armor. We live in a very volatile time where society can begin to unravel at a rapid pace. If people think the BLM movement is going to diminish because Trump was elected guess again. The Marxist are going to redouble their efforts and most likely go kinetic to make their point. If one looks at the mass shooters of the past all are Democrats. Now that Trump is elected and the propaganda machine of the MSM is pumping out hate at a remarkable rate this trend will exponentially expand. As the street violence escalates an attempt to institute martial law will be the most likely result that will trigger a massive increase in violence. Those who are not prepared will suffer greatly.

    – Nidal Hasan – Ft Hood Shooter: Reg­istered Democrat and Muslim.
    – Aaron Alexis, Navy Yard shooter – black liberal/Obama voter
    – Seung-Hui Cho – Virginia Tech shooter: Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff, registered Democrat.
    – James Holmes – the “Dark Knight”/Colorado shooter: Registered Democrat, staff worker on the Obama campaign, #Occu­py guy,progressive liberal, hated Christians.
    – Amy Bishop, the rabid leftist, killed her colleagues in Alabama, Obama supporter.
    – Andrew J. Stack, flew plane into IRS building in Texas – Leftist Democrat
    – James J. Lee who was the “green activist”/ leftist took hostages at Discovery Channel – progressive liberal Democrat.

    • Yes, many are predicting a surge in Black Lives Matter race murders in 2017. And all the snowflake liberals arming themselves does not bode well, either, as they do not have the discipline to use firearms as defensive tools. They get scared by nothing and shoot out of fear, rather than out of duty, training, and knowledge. A perfect setup for more anti-personal defense legislation and martial law.

    • I’ve got level III soft (Safriland), and steel rifle plates in the ‘bad news’ carrier. Shied away from ceramics because of their price, fragility, and limited life (being damaged from dropping on hard surface or taking a hit from a projectile). Very happy with the steel. A couple of my kids bought steel, too. One went with AR500 and another bought Infidel. My plates are Patriot Plates.

      • Notwende says:

        This means once a ceramic plate has been hit one has to replace it?
        What if you’re in a firefight and snother round hits the same plate?

      • I did some careful research for a month or two before I bought the steel plates. Yes, ceramic will crack when hit and another hit in the same place can allow the projectile to pass through. I learned a lot from watching armor test videos on YouTube. You don’t have to replace a cracked plate, but since it is compromised, I wouldn’t trust it. I saw a video that showed a steel plate that took 100 hits from FMJ .308 with no structural damage at all. Some of the impacts were right on top of each other. Most steel plates are rated level III, but some are better and will stop .30-06 AP2 rounds. All level III steel will stop 5.56 AP from what I saw.

      • Notwende says:

        Yes, these steel plates are heavy and have a HRC of 400 minimum I heard.
        I tried to buy one about the size of a sheet of office paper to make a nice target – it would have cost me around 300 Euros which is far to expensive for my taste.
        How do you solve the spallin

      • AR500, infidel, and now Patriot all sell plates that are curved and coated with anti-spall stuff. You can use Line-X bed liner paint for trucks or a similar product and apply it yourself, too. I have an old set of flat plates that I coated with Rustoleum bed liner from a spray can. Flat plates are uncomfortable, so get curved.

      • Notwende says:

        Oh yes: Infidel Body Armor. First heard of it on Alex Jones 😊

      • Notwende says:

        Oops. How do you manage the spalling problem when using a steel plate? I know that some are sort of foam coated.

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