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Paranoid for Body Armor?

Heather from Alaska doesn’t think it’s all that paranoid to own body armor. My test for this is pretty simple, if you own body armor, and had a reason to actually put it on, you’re probably not paranoid. Heather shares her story of having to put it on.

7 Responses to “Paranoid for Body Armor?”

  1. Bubblehead Les says:

    It’s about as Paranoid as having a Spare Tire in the Car, or a Smoke Detector in the Hallway, or a Weather Radio in the Living Room, or a First Aid Kit, or a AAA Membership, or 911 on Speed Dial……

  2. Justin Buist says:

    Body armor discussions in gun nut land are amusing. You suggest maybe it’s a good idea and I guarantee you somebody will start calling names.

    You can’ dump $20k into guns, $3k into safe system, $1k a year on ammo, hundreds on range fees, reloading gear, etc. and that’s all fine.

    Suggest dropping $600 on a bullet hole prevention device and now you’re in whacko land.

    I never did get it.

  3. “You can’ dump $20k into guns, $3k into safe system, $1k a year on ammo, hundreds on range fees, reloading gear, etc. and that’s all fine.

    Suggest dropping $600 on a bullet hole prevention device and now you’re in whacko land.”

    This. Once you have a few guns, a vest is far more useful in saving your life than another pistol.

  4. Matthew Carberry says:

    And statistically the same folks are as close to “needing” a vest as they are to ever “needing” the gun.

    Yet there’s zero danger of a “child finding your vest” or someone directly hurting someone with it if stolen. All it does if unused is take up closet space.

    If you can think of a reasonable (as demonstrated by someone with similar circumstances to yours finding it handy), though unlikely, situtaion where a vest would be useful there’s no reason -not- to buy one.

  5. It was a culture shock moving from a quiet, peaceful, low crime suburban neighberhood in southcentral AK to the high-crime urban area we’re in now. We hear sirens 5/7 nights a week and gun shots at least 2-3 nights a week (all outside the perimeter fencing, until the other day).

    At first I felt a bit paranoid for getting the vests. The day of the incident when I came home from work, I asked her what she did and she was like, “Well, I press checked, put on my vest, made sure the door was secured, closed the blinds, and waited a half hour for the cops to show up.” I don’t feel paranoid anymore. She was a bit unnerved but certainly not panicked or traumatized — training and equipment make all the difference.

    By the way, police surplus 3A vests are much cheaper than $600 but still work just fine, apparently (I haven’t tested ours, obviously).

  6. Ted N says:

    Heck yeah.

  7. DirtCrashr says:

    I really like the easy-on “Defender” series vest that US Palm makes, the one with the built-in holster.

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