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Posted: 1/9/2006 2:06:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2006 2:10:55 PM EDT by passgas55]
Today I was given an old level II vest. The vest and panels are 10 years old. The panels look to be in great shape but the vest shell had seen better days. Do the panels stay good if not shot at or after so long they should be replaced? If I was to double up the level II panels will that increase protection to the next level(44 mag, 9mm subgun)?Can I legally buy hard plates or is that a restricted item? As you can tell I know jack crap when it comes to body armor. Thanks.

I wanted to add that I might try to buy a new shell if its not too expensive and if the panels are still good.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 2:11:55 PM EDT
yes, you can legally buy hard plates.

As for whether the panels are still good after all this time, I would say: Probably, but I wouldn't be willing to bet my life on it.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 2:13:58 PM EDT
Depends on how the vest was stored over its lifespan. Lots of unknowns in that regard. The panels themselves should be fine if the vest was stored properly. The carrier being worn out is a simple replacement issue, although manufacturers pretty much stop making carriers for old models, so you'll need to find someone who can make it for you reasonably, or someone that has an old carier they don't need thats in better shape than what you have.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 2:14:54 PM EDT
If the panels are made from Kevlar, Twaron, etc (aramids) and have not been abused (left crumpeled up or in direct sunlight) they will be fine for many, many years

You can pick up replacement carriers and hard plates on ebay
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 2:24:19 PM EDT
From what I can tell it looks like it has been stored flat. The name of the company is Top Line Body Armor but I can't find them on the web. I just call an 800 number that I could hardly make out and got a recording for I think she said Reliance Armor.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:21:54 PM EDT
10 years old means it should be all kevlar, but the inside will probably say. You should be fine.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:23:48 PM EDT
There's only one way to be sure...
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:24:46 PM EDT
How many non-LE/mil here own a vest? (curious)
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:41:17 PM EDT
I do as of today.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:42:48 PM EDT
I have one!

Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:47:31 PM EDT
I have a Class 2 concealable and a Class 3 entry type vest that i am currently working on a new carrier for.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:48:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mattimeo:
There's only one way to be sure...

I was thinking of putting it on my dog then calling the police that there is a prowler in my backyard. But that dog is like family to me so I decieded to let my wife wear it while I say "Honey hold my beer..."
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