We have a discussion that is focused on front and back plates. I don't see a specific discussion on side plates. 

So my question is, 

Should they be up high to protect against from a Heart and Lung shot,  middle to protect the liver, and as low as covering the upper part of the pelvic bone?

"Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide." - Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

 

Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

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The way it was explained to me at work was that the bottom of the side plates should be level with the bottom of the front and rear plates at the lowest (duh), but if you desire some more protection for your heart and lower lungs it's quite alright to hike them up a bit, and I know a few guys who do.

When SOP dictates that I must wear side plates I keep the bottom of them level with the bottom of my front and rear for the sake of mobility and comfort. I am issued 6x8's so I have a wee bit more coverage higher up than those running 6x6's.

If you're extremely concerned with side shots I have seen shoulder plates before, but personally I tend to gravitate towards less armor and more mobility. With my job I'm in a truck most of the time anyway, and if I'm not I'm usually hiking up to some ridiculous hilltop to fire a Javelin anyway so I pretty much run as little armor as they'll let me.

It is kind of a moot point since most plate carriers do not allow adjustability for vertical placement of the side plate. As Nsomniac notes, the only real option would be using 6x8 as opposed to 6x6 plate to increase coverage up higher.

That said, I prefer the JPC side plate pocket bag design to most others. It positions them well and securely. The JPC bags are limited to 6x6 though.

That makes sense guys. Thank you. 

"Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide." - Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

 

Joined: 12/24/04    LOCATION : Moments away from BFG and DD

Mine are as far forward as the designs of the cummerbund & attachment system allows. This puts the bottom of the front plate damn near even with the bottoms of the 6x6" side plates.  

Fwiw, I'm using the BFG plate carrier with a FirstSpear tubes cummerbund. 

Has anyone tried using a set of 6x8" side plates sideways rather than upright? 

I wear mine as far forward as I can and level with the bottom on the front plate. I'm using a JPC with Crye side plate pouches and I also have an AVS with a modified Eagle cummerbund that puts the plates more rear since it has the built in radio pouches. 

I've tried 6x8 plates sideways and it blows.

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crazypaulie posted:

I've tried 6x8 plates sideways and it blows.

It sure does. The curve is the wrong direction.

If I truly cared about side protection, I would stack a pair of 6x6 on each side, one forward, one rear. Four total side plates. This would be easy to do with the Crye plate pockets on a JPC. The weight starts adding up though.

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