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  • #16
    if i was security, i would wear and purchase current body armor.

    i have a few sets of body armor and a plate carrier, but all out dated.





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    • #17
      I realize that this has been covered already and it was originally posted around a month ago, but I would say yes, buy it. For me, it's a simple case of "I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it".

      Granted, if you are lucky, you should never need body armor. However, I would much rather be prepared just in case someone decides to walk in and start shooting up the place. I work at a location that's roughly 400 acres of property and we're dealing with around 30,000 people per day. Because of the volume and the recent issues that we've been having with juveniles, I decided to go the Safe Line Defense iiia+ to help protect against sharp objects as well as firearms.
      https://ormohio.blogspot.com/

      "Always Prepared, Always Vigilant, Always Professional"

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      • #18
        In this day and age not wearing body armor while working in any "official" capacity is nothing short of insanity. In the case of our OP I would recommend a iiia vest with some level of slash/stab protection since you work at a hospital. Your life is more valuable than the cost of a iiia vest and funerals cost way more that $500 a vest costs. I'm sure glad the FTO at my first security job was a retired cop who drilled the importance of wearing body armor into my head early in the beginning for me (I started armed security work with a level 2 holster and no body armor). Everyone be safe and don't go to work without your body armor.

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        • #19
          Bondy armor is a good investment. Not only does it reduce the chance of dying of a gunshot, it helps in a fight. (The armor makes hits to the body less forceful.) If staying alive is important to you, buy armor. If you are OK with dying, buy something else.
          http://firearmsnerd.com/

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          • #20
            Agreed with the rather have it than be dead mentality. The cost is what's killing me. Gonna take a while to save up.

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            • #21
              I understand the cost issue. Luckily for the past 15 years I worked for companies who pay for a new vest every five or so years. There are cheaper options, but I would never buy anything that is not NIJ certified. Last year I upgraded to a combo stab/bullet vest and I'm glad my company footed the bill.
              http://firearmsnerd.com/

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              • #22
                Originally posted by SoCalGuard View Post
                Bondy armor is a good investment. Not only does it reduce the chance of dying of a gunshot, it helps in a fight.
                Funny you say that. We had a guy that broke his knuckles and wrist after punching one of our officers in the chest who was wearing an AR500 vest. lol.

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