Low Cost Body Armor

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by BenP, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. BenP

    BenP Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    I am looking for body armor, preferably something concealable, I'm sure my kids would be super impressed if I had a big camo vest but I can imagine scenarios where I would like to not advertise what I am wearing. I found some interesting stuff from china on ebay but thought I would ask someone with more experience in these things for advice.
  2. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    I would be interested in this also, BenP. I am thinking something like the cops wearing under their clothes.
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  3. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

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  4. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    If it's really cheap it probably doesn't work.
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  5. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    I can get AR500, if there is something on there you like, PM me, and I might can save you a little money.
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  6. snake6264

    snake6264 Combat flip flop douchebag

    Don't Bet your life on cheap
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  7. Tempstar

    Tempstar Praeclarum Site Supporter+

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  8. aardbewoner

    aardbewoner judge a human on how he act,not on look and talk.

    body armor made by rigid norms
    Made in china
    Reading the small print "do not wash,not water resistant, avoid hard impacts,no chemical cleaning"
  9. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Cheapest armor is , don't be there..
    Situational awareness .
    Body armor that uses ceramics is only good for one shot and it shatters .
    Laminated Steel plating however can take significantly more abuse.
    Keep in mind this incident,,,
    An officer was dealing with an altercation and drew and fired several rounds at almost point blank range on a very large fellow using a .40 and it didn't stop him ,the fight got into close bodily contact and the man shot the officer once from the side in the ribs and killed him with a .22 ,an area there was no armor .
    There are time when perp is so pumped on speed the shock of a bullet is not realized, and the perp is not stopped. Hence the invention of the 1911 .45 acp . And this provided to people required to be in this conflagration .
    A shot in the inner thighs, abdomen shoulders neck head can be as lethal and usually will stop a normal person, but these are places no armor is usually applied .
    Flack jackets alone assume medical help is right behind you and assumes people will aim center mass . But if you've been at the range ,even in a static situation on still targets the hits are all over the place. More so during a real fire fight.
    Best to not even be there.
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  10. BenP

    BenP Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    I agree. This is one small precaution among many.
  11. ochit

    ochit Monkey+

    The bodyguard looked cool the advertisement should have read Chicago & Compton ready wear.
    Weight and protection looked good.
  12. Gafarmboy

    Gafarmboy Monkey+++

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  13. The_Prepared

    The_Prepared Derpy Monkey

    Sorry to self-post, but two weeks ago I just updated the #1-ranked guide to body armor for preppers, including some picks for the cheapest yet still acceptable products (namely the base AR500 level 3+ and a Hesco 4400 for level 4) cc @BenP. Ended up doing deep data on ~90 armor plates.

    Happy to answer any questions about armor, especially since I just finished 100 hours of research on it!
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2018
  14. Lone Gunman

    Lone Gunman Draw Varmint!

    Me? I like 'Active Shooter' body armor. Just keep in mind that most of the people I know who already own body armor of one brand, or another very seldom wear it. Why? Probably because most of the lower priced armor is invariably hot 'n heavy; and once you add any sort of trauma plate, now, you're really talking weight!
  15. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace

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