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Should Body Armor Be Strictly Reculated?

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Even though I find the arguments brought forth by everyone interesting, this discussion has veered away from the original question. Here is my question/answer in regards to the original post: how do you restrict/regulate something that is completely passive and only good for defensive protection without the possibility of harming another? For all intents and purposes wearing too many articles of heavy clothing coiuld be considered body armor, since wearing a heavy winter coat over a jean jacket and sweatshirt, etc.. might stop a 22 or 38 spl. Would metal buttons on clothing be illegal too or would they only be illegal if they were of a certain gauge and covered a certain percentage of area? And would this ban extend to armored vehicles as well? I know that essentially this is talking things ad absurdum, but I find that to be the best way of thinking about questions posed to me.
You are talking about people who regulated seat belts, alcohol, cigarettes, driving, and the list goes on. You know, for the children. If they get the chance, they will stick it to the people they are elected to represent-----------NOT rule.
Too many forgot this, if they ever knew it at all.
 

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Yes. The argument has a lot of merit though. 55 grain 5.56 out of a 20+ inch barrel will defeat most Level III and less. I can't say about the 45-70, and although it is a formidable round for just about anything, armor has some quirky qualities.
Believe in it or not, I would really rather not have to put it to the test.
The vest may stop the bullet but the impact will still come through.
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BTW: A 300gr bullet is considered a light bullet for use in a 45-70 rifle.
 

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The vest may stop the bullet but the impact will still come through.
Ride Safe. Dr.Tramp...............
I can't tell you how many officers I have chased into an ambulance after being hit. They just knew they were about to die. None did. Their vest stop the round, and all suffered nasty bruising. Some had fractured ribs, and one even had a little heart arrhythmia.
It didn't look pleasant at all, and normally getting a police officer into an ambulance is a lesson in futility.
Plates distribute the impact, but the psychology of taking a hit is still there.
 

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I can't tell you how many officers I have chased into an ambulance after being hit. They just knew they were about to die. None did. Their vest stop the round, and all suffered nasty bruising. Some had fractured ribs, and one even had a little heart arrhythmia.
It didn't look pleasant at all, and normally getting a police officer into an ambulance is a lesson in futility.
Plates distribute the impact, but the psychology of taking a hit is still there.
What were the officers hit with? Handgun, rifle, or shotgun rounds?
I imagine that most were hit with handgun rounds and of those most were 9mm.
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What were the officers hit with? Handgun, rifle, or shotgun rounds?
I imagine that most were hit with handgun rounds and of those most were 9mm.
Ride Safe. Dr.Tramp..............
Pistol. I don't recall the calibers. Most soft armor will stop pistol and most shotgun, as long as it hits the vest, as velocity is comparable. Speed, in general, defeats armor, not caliber.
Despite the internet wisdom, BG's don't wear plated, or any other armor, very often, and aren't always well heeled. It happens, but fortunately, not a mainstream problem. We read about those folks in the papers, usually because they cause dead police.
 
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I am for civilians having body armor, and I can see events unfolding where it would be needed.
Such as, in riots and swarming crowds that go from downtown riots, into neighborhoods.

A person may need to defend their home in the days to come, and body armor would give protection against bullet and knife wounds. If you have a swarm of thugs in your front yard, you want body armor.
 
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