My dept doesn't issue body armor. Now have to $$ myself anyone know where I can get a decent piece of armor w/o having to spend a lot of $$?
I know galls but i can't say I'd trust their brand. Any suggestions?
My suggestion is don't go cheap. I know you're footing the bill for it but you will be sorry if you go with a cheap model, they are very uncomfortable and very stiff. Save your coin for a more expensive model that will fit you correctly. Also go get fitted for the vest, don't fill out your measurements in a magazine order form and send it in hoping it will fit. You have to wear it 8 hours a day. :no:
Just to add to what ^^^ said, how much is your life worth to you? Don't cut corners, buy the right NIJ level (don't know what others do, but I wouldn't want anything less that level II and you should probably be in NIJ III-A). The higher levels are more $$$, but worth it. You are also paying for comfort, as patsfan said. If you stop wearing the thing cause it's not comfortable, it can't save your life!