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Stephen 09-260-2014 09-18-201415:32
Very good for what it is
Back in the day, this was my second set of "issued" body armor - the first was a Vietnam era flak vest. This was a great improvement. While not bullet-proof compared to modern armors, it will stop .22s and similar low-velocity rounds most of the time. As I wore a Level II concealed vest on duty, I would have that on, then put this over it if needed. In that configuration it would easily rate a level III or IIIA (handgun rounds and buckshot). I can attest to the .22 protection - I was shot with one at point blank range (muzzle flash scorched the nylon carrier) and it did not penetrate. It did however motivate me to take my terminal leave ASAP! These are very well constructed, and with reasonable care and cleaning will last years. They are not comfortable in hot weather, and in cold weather they get very stiff. One side note though - they are slash and stab resistant (not proof) and can reduce the effects of blunt trauma. This not usually stated in the descriptions, as the vests were never designed for that, but practical use by myself and others I know have shown this to be the case. If you're looking for a basic armor that does not have to be bulletproof, these are a good choice.
Michael 12-364-2013 12-31-201303:15
very serviceable haha
I like these old things quite a bit. Not only are they frag resistant, but they will stop many common pistol calibers as well. They have a very classic US Army look and it gives you a good feeling to throw it on.
Me 08-219-2013 08-08-201320:37
I have a flak jacket in great condition, and its pretty comfortable.
Pootis bird 01-21-2013 01-22-201305:19
I got this, feels a bit heavy, but I can manage to wear this thing for a entire day. In pretty good condition, but I inspected it closely, I found a hole (about one centimeter) in one pocket. Some fabric strings are sticking out of some areas, but is uncommon. It also smelled kinda good when it came out of the package, but it faded. :C. To sum it up, great value for a old piece of gear, in pretty good condition as well.
What kind of abuse are you reporting?