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Posted: 4/23/2013 5:10:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/23/2013 5:11:16 PM EDT by AR45fan]
Just curious about the development and evolution of body armor... I remember that older vests had "trauma plates" that fit in small pockets of some vests and covered the heart but was Ranger Body Armor the first type to consist of a carrier with chest-sized plates?  Was that the birth of the dedicated plate carrier?  Or something else?
Link Posted: 4/23/2013 5:22:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/23/2013 5:28:23 PM EDT by Sinister]
Modern body armor vests with hard plates have been around a long time.

I think one of the first modern plate carriers may have been Diamondback Tactical's.

Link Posted: 4/23/2013 6:40:58 PM EDT
I saw them in haji shops back in 2004, i thought they looked cool but too small. I never saw them until then....we were just going from flaks to OTVs
Link Posted: 4/23/2013 6:47:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sinister:
Modern body armor vests with hard plates have been around a long time.

I think one of the first modern plate carriers may have been Diamondback Tactical's.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/cagdboy/DBTplate003.jpg


I have one. Still a great carrier.  People hem and haw about what's best, but there are so many good PC's on the market these days.
Link Posted: 4/23/2013 6:50:02 PM EDT
Interceptor?
Link Posted: 4/23/2013 7:35:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AR45fan:
was Ranger Body Armor the first type to consist of a carrier with chest-sized plates?


In my limited knowledge I'm going to go with this.

If I had to make a SWAG, I'd guess at some point in the mid to late 90s a Special Operator went to LBT or somewhere and asked for a stripped down vest for just an armor plate, and thus the 'plate carrier' was born
Link Posted: 4/23/2013 8:01:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/23/2013 8:01:11 PM EDT by Dawg180]
IIRC, the "Chicken plate carrier" was one of the earliest carriers with semi-modern ballistic plates.  Used for helicopter aircrews.

Link Posted: 4/23/2013 9:17:41 PM EDT
I remember someone posting some pics of a vietnam era type plate carrier. It was actually pretty cool. I'd like to see that again.
Link Posted: 4/23/2013 11:11:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By drewQ22:
I remember someone posting some pics of a vietnam era type plate carrier. It was actually pretty cool. I'd like to see that again.


Variable Body Armor system. Ballistic nylon base vest similar to the main issued one of the time with an external 30cal rated plate carrier system (I think rated to stop 308 not sure of the velocity). Not the first as the aircrew chicken plates came before though. The variable body armor system was the first for US (and maybe all western) troops and one of the first to incorporate ceramic (I want to say the early aircrew chicken plates were steel, not sure). The plate was funny shaped though and exceptionally heavy for its protection level though. By the weight standards of the day though for personal gear it was seen as way too hevy to be of much use. Still a cool system though. They come up for sale from time to time.
Link Posted: 4/24/2013 2:09:53 AM EDT
Chicken plate - Vn era then maybe the Ranger Body Armor with plate outside of the many Police models with trauma inserts. Of course you could count the steel plate armor or WWI or the Korean War era USMC plate armor.
Link Posted: 4/24/2013 4:52:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AR45fan:
Just curious about the development and evolution of body armor... I remember that older vests had "trauma plates" that fit in small pockets of some vests and covered the heart but was Ranger Body Armor the first type to consist of a carrier with chest-sized plates?  Was that the birth of the dedicated plate carrier?  Or something else?


That is still the norm for concealable body armor, FYI.
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