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What level vest do you wear?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by tusk212, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. tusk212

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    Just curious what level vests you guys wear. We are getting new vest the meet the NIJ .06 standard and are going with the level 2. In my understanding, which is limited, the new level 2 are pretty close to the old 3A under the old standards.
     
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  2. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

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    Circling the wagons.
    I'm wearing a IIIA. It "expires" next year, so I'll probably buy a .06 IIIA then.
     


  3. Your assumption is a valid one. We previously issued a level II vest and under the new standard transitioned to a IIA.
     
  4. imaguy3

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    I got my new vest in Jan. and that's pretty much how they explained the new standards to me as well... My old was a level 3A but I went with the level 2 on the new one... it's just as thick as my old one :-(

    here's a good review of the changes made... http://www.chiefsupply.com/resources/body-armor-nij-010106.aspx
     
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  5. x_out86

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    IIIA that is .06 compliant. Just got it earlier this year. Point Blank C-Series.
     
  6. tusk212

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    Have to admit, kind of second guessing myself for sticking with the level II and not going up to the IIIA.
     
  7. A IIA? Not a typo? Time to upgrade brother.
     
  8. CAcop

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    IIIA that needed replacement last year. I wasn't put on the list because I was off on worker's comp. It's good old fashioned Kevlar so I know it will still stop bullets a decade from now.
     
  9. Not necessarily.....many factors come into play, the materials used in the armor package, the special threat testing done on that package, review of the realistic threats, etc. I spent 4 years working in the armor industry before returning to law enforcement. I have personally shot the .06 compliant IIA package that my agency issues against a variety of special threats and found it to perform as well, if not better than some of the .05 compliant II packages.
     
  10. Sharky7

    Sharky7 Boomshakalaka

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    Level IIIa, made last year, safariland brand, not sure if it is .06 or not and not even sure what the new .06 requirements mean.

    I also use a titanium hard trauma plate with a soft trauma plate in front of it.

    I went with the II when I first got on and had that vest for about 6 or 7 years. Just too much going on lately, lots of shootings in the area, police and non police involved. Been on a chase ending where we had shots fired off by bad guy and heard the pops a handful of times this summer responding to calls....I'm still very active and don't see slowing down anytime soon..want to make sure I have every advantage. Worth the extra weight to me.
     
  11. Last time I wore a vest it was a IIIA. My next one will be a IIIA as well, Lord willing I find a job! Vest in general are hot and mildly uncomfortable (some might argue very) no matter what level you get. Mine never really bothered me and I want all the protection I can get. I know I'm a wierdo, but I always found the feel of my vest quite comforting.
     
  12. currently wearing a IIA. Standardized the department on level II with the NIJ06 standards. Issued weapon is a Glock 31 in .357SIG.

    Funny thing is, my .05 standard IIA vest will stop our issued rounds, but everyone has to have level II now. IIIA is an option if the officer wishes.
     
  13. IIA is the standard issue. Many of us bought our own and went the IIIA route. I like the "extra" security and my Halo (IIIA)is lighter and thinner than the issued IIAs.