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.
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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……
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.
“You canâ€™ dump $20k into guns, $3k into safe system, $1k a year on ammo, hundreds on range fees, reloading gear, etc. and thatâ€™s all fine.
Suggest dropping $600 on a bullet hole prevention device and now youâ€™re in whacko land.”
This. Once you have a few guns, a vest is far more useful in saving your life than another pistol.
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.
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).
I really like the easy-on “Defender” series vest that US Palm makes, the one with the built-in holster.
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