Body Armor: Make It or Buy It?

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Body armor is a topic that comes up on a fairly regular basis, and for good reason. Although some see wearing body armor as something strictly in the realm of military and law enforcement, the truth is that owning good body armor isn’t just for fun, it’s a wise idea if you’re serious about your SHTF kit. There are quite a few well-made options out there, but of course they’re pretty expensive. Demolition Ranch decided to take matters into their own hands and find out what it takes to make your own body armor. Is it cheaper? Yes. Is it a good idea? Watch the video below to find out.

Do you own body armor, or are you hoping to in the near future? What’s your favorite, and why?

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  • Pat Boyle Pat Boyle on Oct 31, 2015

    He's amazed that the purpose built body armor works better than his home make efforts. I don't know anything about the particular company that makes that body armor but I'm pretty sure that they had many many trials of different materials against different guns.

    Home invaders are probably armed with an automatic in 9mm. - .40 S&W - or .45 ACP. I doubt is any robbers break in carrying a shotgun full of birdshot or a .22 pistol. So its clear. Home made body armor is worthless unless you have included a steel plate.

  • Sam G Sam G on Nov 03, 2015

    As far as body armor goes, it's not a bad idea to have it if you believe in the fact that history repeats itself.

    The way I see it is that I live in a hurricane prone state that's 12' above sea level (give or take a foot or two) with a high likelihood of being hit in the future. It's been quiet hurricane wise for an unusual amount of time.

    All one has to do is look at the past, and look at how in some major hurricanes or natural disasters in days gone by, when emergency services are not available, you're on your own to protect yourself. Just look at FEMA's history of the time it takes to mobilize. It's deplorable. During Katrina, violence ruled the streets and LEO's could not respond as they were taking fire, daily.

    If history repeats itself, I'd be more than happy to help out those in need. But if violent thugs decide to show up on my doorsteps to rape, murder and pillage, they'll find my armor is better than theirs, and they will end up exactly where Michael Brown is hanging out these days.

    -That's my plan