Looking to buy a bulletproof vest , any suggestions on a particular model, whats popular today. Looking for something that wont expire as quick. Ive bought the Ar500 plates vest but returned it cause it was wayyy to heavy.
I've been doing a lot of training stuff lately, so I'm at the range surrounded by armed morons, it seemed like pretty cheap insurance. I also run side plates, and there was a vest that had been used during a training event that the main part got shot up, but the arm/sleeves were untouched, so I put that on my carrier. It looks a little funky, but it works.I have thought about buying one several times. But there is just always something that is more important
Yeah I have shot plenty of expired armor and all of it still performed to its rating as expected. I would also hazard a guess usage will have a huge effect on how long the armor will last. Armor stored in the closet and rarely worn will likely last far longer then armor worn daily in the sun and heat getting soaked with sweat.The "expiration" is an expiration of the certificate, not when the armor expires.
And yes, ceramic plates are fairly brittle, this is the advantage of the newer UHMWPE (spectra, dyneema) plates. They're also light enough in some cases to float.
In most cases you don't need to X-ray the ceramics, grab the corners and torque it, while holding it up to your ear, if it makes any noise, it's probably time for a new plate.