Masada Body Armor Concealable Level IIIA vest...

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  1. DrewBone

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    With the way things are in the world lately I decided to order a Masada concealable Type IIIA body armor vest from Arms Unlimited, currently on sale for $299 w/free shipping. It'll stop multiple .44 mag and 357sig (at or below 1,430pfs) rounds, and came in an aptly shaped and very durable black nylon zipper bag. It's quality of materials and construction is quickly noticeable, being manufatured in Israel.

    Check them out if interested...

    It's easily adjustable and fits well, and it's 6.5 lb. weight isn't terrible:
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    'Just throwin' it out there for those who might be thinking about getting one for these "interesting times" that we're currently living in.
     
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    What if they hit you in the eye??
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    I've got soft and hard armor set-ups but they all ride in a carrier. It's not and EDC item for me. It's for bump in the night type scenarios so I have no need to try and conceal it. You may want to invest in some sort of trauma pads if there aren't any built in.

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    Is there a date of manufacture or expiration anywhere?
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    It's 5 years but it's totally meaningless beyond limiting the liability of the manufacturer.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    In case anyone doubts that claim, this is what the DOJ NIJ and Dupont have to say about the matter.

    "Many body armor manufacturers currently offer a 5-year warranty on the products they sell to criminal justice agencies. This 5-year period is generally thought to be a reflection of the guidelines established by the early research conducted by DuPont. Recently, some manufacturers have offered warranties as long as for 12 years after purchase. It is important for agencies to recognize that a manufacturer’s warranty should not be interpreted as a benchmark for service life. The warranty exists solely to limit the manufacturer’s liability on the product and is not a reflection of the anticipated service life of the product."


    "Age alone does not cause body armor’s ballistic resistance to deteriorate. The care and maintenance of a garment—or the lack thereof—have been shown to have a greater impact than age on the length of service life of a unit of body armor. Armor that is 10 years old and has never been issued may be perfectly acceptable for use, provided that the rated level of protection is still appropriate for the typical threats faced. Conversely, 2- or 3-year-old armor that has been worn regularly and improperly cared for may not be serviceable. Limited studies of the ballistic-resistant capabilities of armor used for extended periods of time were initiated in 1983 by DuPont, at which time some of the armor tested had been in service for more than 8 years. Both the DuPont testing and a 1986 study by NIJ 22 (Ballistic Tests of Used Body Armor) found that age alone does not degrade the ballistic properties of armor. Armor manufactured in 1975 that remained in inventory without issue exhibited ballistic-resistant properties identical to those at the time of manufacture. Both research studies included armor that had been in use for as long as 10 years and that had ballistic properties that were indistinguishable from those of unused armor manufactured at the same time. NIJ tests failed to demonstrate any significant differences in 10-year-old armor, regardless of the extent of use or apparent physical condition. For this testing, 24 Type I vests made of Kevlar ® , issued as part of the original NIJ demonstration project in 1975, were returned by the departments. The vests were separated into categories based on use and wear. Eight vests had never been worn, another eight showed signs of heavy wear, and four showed signs of moderate or light wear. The test demonstrated that the armor that had been used showed no significant loss of ballistic performance when compared to the units that were not used."
     

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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    I would hope the goal is to never test it out :supergrin:
     
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  9. Gauss Rifle

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    Um... Not the armor's fault. That is definitely an ESO error.

    Who the hell fires a rifle without looking down the sights?

    Who the hell stands in front of an idiot who's not looking down the sights while shooting?
     
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    Damn, out of stock. I’d been looking to get some armor.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    ..and let's hope that we aren't "testing" 3A armor with rifles....
     
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    Now now, syntaxerrorsix,

    We mustn't interfere with natural selection.
     
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    False. That is just the guarantee to 5 years. Unless it’s not taken care of , most vest retain their ability to stop bullets, depending on the material it’s made of .

    Older vests have been tested and passed.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    You may want to keep reading. It's clearly outlined in the DOJ report.

    In case you didn't make it that far.... "The warranty exists solely to limit the manufacturer’s liability on the product and is not a reflection of the anticipated service life of the product."
     
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    That’s basically what I just said, thank you
     
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    ...and it was EXACTLY what I said as well. Still haven't figured out why you claimed it was "False" when we were saying the same thing.