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#1 CommanderBander

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 09:35 AM

I recently found the front/back plates for Vietnam Era body armor. The FS number is 8470-141-0941. It's date of manufacture was April 1970. With the Integral Carrier it says that it can withstand 30 caliber ball projectiles. I was wondering if anyone knew what level of protection this was: Type I, Type II, Type III, etc? I was hoping to sell this but don't want to run into any export/sales issues.



#2 dan_the_hun84

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 09:47 AM

I recently found the front/back plates for Vietnam Era body armor. The FS number is 8470-141-0941. It's date of manufacture was April 1970. With the Integral Carrier it says that it can withstand 30 caliber ball projectiles. I was wondering if anyone knew what level of protection this was: Type I, Type II, Type III, etc? I was hoping to sell this but don't want to run into any export/sales issues.

 

I am not a ballistics expert- but I seriously seriously doubt even when new, that 1970 ballistics material  would stop .30 ball as in .30-06 or 7.62 NATO. Possible .30 Carbine- 



#3 itshistory

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 01:35 PM

The chickenplate armor would stop an AK-47 round. See this link and scroll down to read about Jim Sheetz who took an AK round in the chest. It did not penetrate the armor. Pictures in the article.

 

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https://museum.vhpa....op/ctroop.shtml



#4 kammo-man

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 10:16 AM

Armor has a shelf life and these plates would barely stop a paint ball gun anymore.

 

I used to manufacture body armor and one of the first things I was taught was shelf life of armor.




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