Anyone wear a Level IIIA Vest

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  1. AP2020

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    In light of recent events, is a Level IIIA Vest enough protection? Level IV might be next on the docket.

     
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    Only when I have to for work, and when I am out on the range.
     
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    I bought one for my son a few years back, he runs with a tough bunch sometimes.
     
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    Don't see a need right now.
     
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    For work I sometimes do. Mostly for those evening medical alarms: no patient contact.

    So when they don't answer the door and we end up having to break into the house I will wear it, and I don't enjoy it even for such a short time.
     
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    I had to wear one, for work, since 2008. I don’t wear one, just for fun.
     
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    Better not wear one unless you seriously need it. Can you imagine shooting someone then having to go to court and listen the opposing council say to the jury, "this guy was just looking for a fight look he was even wearing a bullet proof vest when he needlessly shot poor Mr. Smith 5 times killing him"!
     
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  8. knoxrocks222

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    I wore one for work for 5 years.....it’s not fun or comfortable.
     
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    I wore a Point Bland or Second Chance for approximately thirty years. Believe me it’s hot, not comfortable but comforting. The new vests are a lot easier to wear in terms of weight, heat and effectiveness,
     
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    Big step between IIIa soft armor and IV hard armor.
     
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    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    I always was provided quality vests that were not uncomfortable. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have been more comfortable, without it. Especially, in summer sun.
     
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    I did for several years, it was a PIA but well worth it!
     
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    So were we, I hate being hot, and these west tennessee summers are no fun at all lol!!
     
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    I don't wear it, but I do own one...

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    I keep it under the bed incase something goes bump in the night and I have enough time to throw it on.

    I also own a carrier with level IV plates, just because (but it's a bit heavy for quick access). I've always been interested in armor/vest and figure I may as well buy them while I can...
     
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    If you’re going to wear armor to investigate a night surprise, I’d suggested a slicked out plate carrier as more useful.
     
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    I agree. I might put together another carrier with lightweight level III+ plates to be able to toss on in a hurry. I do like this vest, though. Super easy to throw on and only weighs 5lbs.
     
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    For sure, and what you have bests what you would prefer to have but don’t.
     
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    We are issued level II which has always worked great since I've never been shot on duty.
     
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    I used to wear a IIIA for work but when it expired, I went to a II weighing the odds and choosing lighter weight. I still have my old vest at home in an external carrier in case I would need it , but don’t miss the weight for everyday use.
     
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    I bought an old surplus level IIIA vest a while back and started wearing it to work on a daily basis. You never know what people are going to try these days and with the leftists now buying guns, nearly everyone is a potential threat.

    I don't anticipate any trouble at work so I wear it mainly for the commute; in case I end up in a sticky situation involving protesters/rioters.

    The vest is tricky to conceal in warm weather and it gets hot very quickly when you're moving around (choose your clothing carefully) but I figure 9 hours of mild discomfort is better than a hole through my heart or lungs. I also routinely carry trauma gear in case I take a hit to a non-vital area.

    I'm also experimenting with other forms of ballistic protection; some of which are concealable, while others are meant to be used at home.

    I'll likely never need any of this but you know what they say; better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
     
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