I’m active duty military currently assigned to a school with multinational students and large number of mid-career individuals. Also my next duty station has been the site of multiple mass shootings. I’m looking for concealable armor to wear under my uniform top during the duty day. I’ll also wear the armor off duty when I go to shoot at public ranges or areas that might be target/higher probability of violence.
My research has found that most on-base mass shootings were committed using handguns, oddly when enough .45s were the most often mentioned in news articles, the FN 5.7 was used at Hood and 9mms were also mentioned. An AK Clone was used at Fairchild, an AR-15 was used at Bragg and an SKS was used at one of the recruiting centers, these represent the most dangerous enemy course of action. I’m looking at pistols as the most probable. This has me leaning towards IIIa soft armor due to weight/concealability.
My current COA is to purchase a Velocity Systems IIIA BALCS in an Aramid, model VS-63A1. I’ve already got a large set, which is a good size for over clothing or under a really bulky shirt. I’ve tried on a size medium and it’s a better fit for concealed wear. I’ve corresponded with the company and it sounds like the aramid will provide some protection from contact shots. This will go into a SKD/Paraclete Low Vis BALCs carrier or maybe a Beez systems carrier. The coyote SKD/Paraclete carrier dose not match the uniform undershirt, but the Beez khaki might.
I’m also looking at the AT armor concealable level IIIA armor, the AT 29. I sent them an email asking about contact shots, but haven’t heard back. I’m also unsure about their sizing. I’m betting they are busy or my email hit the spam filter. I’ve purchased plates from them before and they have treated me well.
I’ve looked at other vests, but I don’t want to pay much more than $500-$600 unless someone here recommends it. If there is affordable FBI/DEA rated soft armor I’d be very happy to look into it. I prefer BALCs because I know BALCS sizing. If there are other options like plates I should be looking at or If I need to reexamine my threat assessment please let me know.