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Old July 22nd, 2020, 09:46 PM #21
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What is the approval process for buying body armor? Doesnít it require msp approval?
It shouldn't require approval, unless the person wanting to purchase has been convicted of a violent crime, or drug trafficking:

https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organizati...BodyArmor.aspx

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only a person with a prior conviction for a crime of violence or a drug trafficking crime as defined in the statutes listed on the left side of the page, must apply to use, possess or purchase bullet proof body armor. Before you may use, possess or purchase bullet proof body armor, your application must be approved.
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Old July 22nd, 2020, 09:53 PM #22
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What is the approval process for buying body armor? Doesnít it require msp approval?
Give money. Get armor. Unless you're a felon. That said, I've never heard of a background check being done...
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Old July 22nd, 2020, 10:47 PM #23
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It shouldn't require approval, unless the person wanting to purchase has been convicted of a violent crime, or drug trafficking:

https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organizati...BodyArmor.aspx
Thanks - I knew it was regulated somehow. Just didnít know how.
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https://botach.com/ballistic-plates/

botach seems to be a crazy good value. I bought their iiia backpack panel recently after seeing some tests. I basically always have the backpack when out with the kids and figure it's easy to have some protection without any real downside.
https://botach.com/battle-steel-leve...rtx-backpacks/


LAPG seems to also have some in-house plates that test well.
https://lapolicegear.com/lapg-level3-plate.html
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I prefer metal for my scenario. Got tired of having to take mine out of my kit for the several recalls we had on the ceramic stuff (yes could happen to metal also I know). Saw several guys break their plates in the sandbox which required replacements ASAP (yes they were unlucky and/or doing still stuff but most joes won't break a steel plate).

I'm not looking at humping a 100+lbs if things do go bad, yes, may happen but that is not my plan.

Would like the kids to make use of the kit down the road if I don't. Metal should last their lifetimes also which makes me feel a bit better about the money spent.

I like that I can put steel in the trunk of my car with no concerns, some of the new stuff has heat issues which may shorten its life.

Now, if you told me I would need to use them next month for a year and never again then maybe my thought process would change.

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I've been looking at those backpack panels as well, I always have my pack with me, it would certainly be practical.

To follow up on the post, I called Body Armor Outlet to find out when their ceramic level IV 1155 plates were shipping out. Theyre a bit heavy, but for a $135 plate that's NIJ certified, that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for my first go.

He said they were shipping out first week of August, so I got the plates and upgraded carrier. Haven't gotten them yet, but I'll try and remember to post when I do!

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I never see myself going dynamic "all kitted up". Not even in a home defense scenario. There won't be any time to throw that crap on anyway.
I am however, looking at backpack panels. If there's ever a chance I have to get out of my vehicle and am taking fire. Would be nice to have something held up in front of me getting out the door.
Always get out of that bullet magnet of a car.
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I never see myself going dynamic "all kitted up". Not even in a home defense scenario. There won't be any time to throw that crap on anyway.
I am however, looking at backpack panels. If there's ever a chance I have to get out of my vehicle and am taking fire. Would be nice to have something held up in front of me getting out the door.
Always get out of that bullet magnet of a car.
I would go backpack steel. Heavy. Put it on the 'outside inside' of the pack. The fillings will absorb the trauma.
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I'm getting too old to hump steel anymore. I've got ceramic, but if I have to didi mau, I'll probably drop that crap and grab a naked chest rig and haul ass.
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