Obviously body armor has different levels of protection. In the civilian world I don't see a need of serious plate carriers that our U.S. Military uses. The main reason is because you would look strange walking around town with it. Not to mention you have to look at your possible threats. I think we would be better served by a soft armor similar to the ones used by Law Enforcement.
Safegaurd Armor offers a Stealth Vest that is designed to be worn under your clothing like typical Law Enforcement vest. The threat level of these vest is rated at level II which stops most handgun ammunition. Lets look at this a little further. You generally want to wear a level of protection at the minimum of the firearm you carry. Primarily because it will protect you if your firearm is used against you. I would also look at it in the sense of which firearm are you most likely to encounter. Most firearm deaths are from pistol rounds, I think this has a lot to due with the fact they are concealable.
Your biggest factor when deciding on any type of body armor is your intended use. Do you need it to be covert or overt? Is it comfortable? How heavy do I want it? These are the types of questions you need to ask when determining what style or type you want.
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What I like about the Stealth Vest is that it offers side protection as well as standard front and back. This is designed to protect the most vital organs on the body.
The cut of the vest offers a nice range of motion and doesn't hinder whatsoever. It's almost like wearing a tank top. Even when sitting down you don't have to worry about it digging into your legs or having to sit a certain way. The bottom portion of the vest comes to your belly button, it will not interfere with any concealed firearms you may wear.
The vest is secured by velcro straps across the front. The velcro is connected to the rear of the vest by elastic attachment straps. This also adds to the comfort. If you gain a few lbs you don't have to worry about getting another vest. I guess you can say it will grow with you. It can also be adjusted as snug or loose as you would like it.
In use the Stealth Vest is somewhat noticeable to me. It looks like I had gained a few lbs. But to someone who doesn't know me wouldn't take a second glance. In fact I wore the Stealth Vest for a day around to different stores and restaurants and I got know unusual looks. It was really comfortable and I honestly felt a little safer.
Overall I think the Stealth Vest is the type of armor protection most of us need. Most of us don't need hard armor like the military uses. If you are looking for armor to wear on a regular basis or if your expecting a social collapse, I'd say this is the way to go.
This particular model can be found by clicking HERE