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#1 Double_Canister

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:19 PM

Hi, does anyone happen to know of any diagrams, drawings, or photos demonstrating the placement of the plates in a Marine doron plate flak vest and where exactly the ballistic nylon layers start and end?

 

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Chris



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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:40 PM

I will try and find the photos on weds night. I have some stuff tucked away.

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 08:22 PM

I will try and find the photos on weds night. I have some stuff tucked away.

Much appreciated!



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Posted 06 October 2018 - 11:47 PM

Better than nothing, I was able to find this description in a document detailing an army test pitting the M1955 vs. an experimental 48 plate titanium vest 

 

http://www.dtic.mil/...t/u2/759493.pdf

 

"USMC Armored Vest' - M1955 The USMC Doron vest is of the closed-shoulder design (Fig. 1). The shoulder area, upper chest and upper back are protected by 12-ply ballistic nylon. A ballistic collar, 3/4 inch high in the rear, tapers to the front of the neck opening. The USMC Doron vest is named for the Doron resin-reinforced fiberglass plates which comprise the main ballistic protection of the device. Twenty-three plates are i:::D in the regular size vest. Nineteen plates are contained by cloth pockets in two concentric rings around the midriff of the vest. Two plates are located across the rear of the vest along a line at a level with the arm opening. The remaining two plates are located over the heart/lung region of the wearer in the front of the vest. (Large and X-Large sizes have 25 and 27 plates, respectively.) The plates are 5.25 inches square, approximate!y 1/8 inch thick, rigid and slightly curved to conform with the body. The corners of the plates are rounded and the plates overlap to provide thorough protection. The vest is closed by a zipper coupled with four snaps located at the midline, down the front of the vest, Three pockets are located on the front of the vest. Two of these re provided with flaps secured by buttons. The third pocket is small and has no flap. The vest is provided with a web cord at the right shoulder to assist in rifle firing. A web strip with eyelets is provided at the waist so that equipment can be carried on the vest. The vest has been used by Marine Combat Troops throughout the Viet Nam conflict with reportedly good ballistic protection to the user."



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Posted 10 November 2018 - 07:20 PM

Here are a few Doron armor pics.

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