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  • Level II or IIIA vest?

    I am currently in the market for a new vest and can't decide between a level II or IIIA. Your thoughts?

  • #2
    Get the highest level vest that you can comfortably wear a 2a is fine but a 3a is better. My dept currently issues a 2a but its old cheaper tech. Bulky and not too easy to wear in the heat and humidity in southern Iowa.

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    • #3
      Buy a vest that will protect you from whatever you carry.
      Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice. Barry Goldwater

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      • #4
        Originally posted by keith758
        Buy a vest that will protect you from whatever you carry.

        Always a Rule of thumb... Statistics show 65% of cops get shot by there own gun... My vest will stop my gun....
        ~Wise men stand behind me, Brave men stand beside me, only Fools stand against me!~

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        • #5
          My vest is ADVERTISED as being able to stop my duty round. There's no zylon in it; so it might.
          I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

          Douglas MacArthur

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          • #6
            Advertised by whom? Check the NIJ website for the certification chart, then make sure your duty round is on that chart, in the proper category.

            Of course, don't switch to hotter ammo than your vest can carry. I still remember a shooting in Florida, I believe a deputy or police officer in Saint Petersburg had his vest shredded by a Black Talon/Winchester WXT Ranger round in 9mm from his own weapon, after he was severely beaten by suspect on an isolated trail (The Pinellas Trail). It made the media.
            N. A. Corbier
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            • #7
              It was advetised by the manufacturer... then again, zylon was supposed to stop bullets too.
              I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

              Douglas MacArthur

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