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Old 03-10-2012, 13:42   #1
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Trauma plate expiration?

Do trauma plates have an expiration date? I found some body armor, but the plates say 2005. Good to go for $200? I'll post a pic.
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Old 03-10-2012, 13:52   #2
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Old 03-10-2012, 14:03   #3
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I know some soft body armor has a five year expiration. Out of curiosity what would these be used for?
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Old 03-10-2012, 14:06   #4
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Just for personal defense for say the next big riot/mass looting like hurricane Katrina. Just in case one of those looters tries to rob my house.
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Old 03-10-2012, 14:06   #5
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When was it last x-rayed?

Do you have ability to get that done on a semi regular basis?
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Old 03-10-2012, 15:56   #7
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If you have buddies at a court house or federal or state building they can xray it for you and check it for cracks. I have a used plate that I used for general SHTF. I dont use it for work but for extra protection at home (better than nothing) type duty is what mine gets used for. Buy new if you can afford it is what most folks will tell you.

Talk him down to $150 if you cant get it xrayed. Also water can deteriorate armor so inspect it for water damage too.
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Old 03-10-2012, 17:25   #8
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Hmm, no X-ray available. I just happened upon it in a pawn shop. Pass then? The vest itself looks pretty worn. Thanks for the replies
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Well considering that its more than likely stolen military goods, let your conscious be your guide.
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Well considering that its more than likely stolen military goods, let your conscious be your guide.
How is it likely stolen military goods? It could have come from any number of agencies civilian or government. US customs, FBI, dea or even private contractor. Maybe it was for personal use and the owner just needed the cash.
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Old 03-10-2012, 22:18   #11
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How is it likely stolen military goods? It could have come from any number of agencies civilian or government. US customs, FBI, dea or even private contractor. Maybe it was for personal use and the owner just needed the cash.
The odds of it being stolen military or government equipment is VERY high with body armor, unless it's coming from a reputable dealer. If it's being sold in a pawn shop or surplus store, and you're anywhere near a military installation, you can pretty much guarantee it "fell off a truck."
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:30   #12
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The soft body armor wears out fairly quickly from just being worn. Sweat really takes a toll on the fabric. Just ask the NYPD, who failed to realize vests wear out. Cost them a fortune.

That trauma plate looks exactly like the ones we were issued back in the 2003-2005 era. Almost all body armor produced in the beginning of the 21st went straight to the troops. Chances are that thing was "liberated" from the US Gov't. Not to say it was stolen, per se. When transferring from unit to unit, they often lose the receipts for your gear... and it gets sucked into the big black hole of the pawn shop.
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Will these stop repeated hits with .308 or .338 Lapua?
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Will these stop repeated hits with .308 or .338 Lapua?
I doubt it's multi-strike rated for .308. I also doubt it would even stop a single .338 at anything other than extreme distances.
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How is it likely stolen military goods? It could have come from any number of agencies civilian or government. US customs, FBI, dea or even private contractor. Maybe it was for personal use and the owner just needed the cash.
That's not a DEA plate, although it looks just like one except for the writing.

But, even if it were a federal LEO plate, it would still be stolen. Agents are not allowed to pawn their gear when short of cash.
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That looks a little too much like the plates I had in my IBA before we switched to level 4.
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