Surplus German Flak Jacket
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The surplus German flak jacket is a versatile piece of protective clothing and each is, as noted, an authentic German military surplus item. These flak jackets were originally designed for and used by members of the German heer, or army, which is one of the five service branches that makes up the Bundeswehr, or unified armed forces of Germany. Though each flak jacket appears to have been previously issued, they remain in good condition and ready to continue service. As they have been issued, some of the flak jackets show some minor signs of use.
The surplus German flak jacket is, as noted, a flak jacket that originally saw use with the Bundeswehr. Constructed from Kevlar® paneling contained in a nylon cloth carrier, the flak jacket is designed to offer protection from shrapnel, fragmentation, debris and other indirect projectiles to the chest, back, sides and shoulders. The easy-to-wear vest features Velcro® closures that are located on the left shoulder and both hips. Additionally, there is a large, expandable front pocket and rings located on both the front and back of the jacket for carrying additional gear. The nylon carrier, like many of our popular German military items, features the Flecktarn camouflage pattern. Flecktarn is a multicolor disruptive camouflage pattern, generally utilizing three or more colors. This particular pattern was designed for use in temperate woodland terrains, though by varying the colors, it is adaptable to other backdrops.
- Authentic German Army Vest
- Full Kevlar Inserts
- Flecktarn Camouflage Carrier
- Very Good Condition - Best We've Ever Had!
I've purchased two of these from Keep Shooting and plan on getting more so long as they are in stock. The armor in these jackets is made out of 13 layers of Kevlar 129 and according to the manufacturer, they have been tested against 9mm, .40 S&W and .357 magnum JSP. This is not your 'typical flak jacket'. My vests are from '95 and '96 and they are in great shape. I would say they were very lightly used, if used at all. Awesome condition. I see & read a lot about Kevlar degradation, but if the armor is kept out of sunshine and high humidity, degradation is slowed substantially. I don't have the money to shoot one up, but I would be confident these vests are still close to the original manufacturer's specs. I absolutely love the shoulder and neck protection you receive as well.
I took out the back panel of my vest and it stopped:
.22 LR hollowpoint lead
.38 special lead SWC
12ga Buckshot (2 3/4 shell)
12ga Hollowpoint 1 oz lead slug (2 3/4 shell)
I'm not sure if these vests would make the grade as a level 3 soft armor, but the fact that it will stop 9mm was very surprising to me, and nice to know.
Pros: Looks badass, makes you feel like a badass.
Flecktarn Camo! C'mon! Its better than woodland out in the woods!
Convenient catchall pouch on front that holds crap.
Cons: Hard to customize, no MOLLE webbing, only little belt loops for strapping gear onto the vest.
No space for upgrading the vest with hard plates
Its a pretty nice vest for the money, and I would recommend it. However, if you want the best possible protection from ballistic threats, or want to be able to fit pouches upon pouches on it, this is not the vest for you. Great for just outdoor fun, paintball or whatever. Thanks for re-stocking these again Keepshooting!
Will update my review when I can test out the panels for level 3 threats!