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Posted on 05/17/2014 11:56:36 PM PDT by Nachum
A faithful reader forwards this link under the header, "The Fine Print Everyone is Missing on the new USDA Ballistic Vests Order...." with this quote from the order and a comment:
Added: May 07, 2014 2:24 pm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC and Regional Offices, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical acquisition of ballist vests, compliant with NIJ 0101.06 for Level IIIA Ballistic Resistance of body armor. Body armor is gender specific, lightweight, trauma plate/pad (hard or soft), concealable carrier, tactical vest, undergarment (white), identification patches, accessories (6 pouches), body armor carry bag, and professional measurements."
My 2 cents:
The 6 pouch and tactical vest requirement description on this USDA quote confirm that these are ASSAULT vests. They're what troops wear in an attack evolution. This is a full military-styled kit, not designed for typical defensive security work.
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What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
I have an question I hope someone can answer, will the current military or in general the body armor being ordered by the Feds stop a .30 cal round or a .44 mag? If not what will they stop?
Basically any rifle round will go through IIIA - it’s “soft” armor. If they have the hard plate inserts (III or IV) then shot placement is a little more important.
Legal in 40 states. You can probably guess which ones aren’t.
... a warm welcome for uninvited guests.
Will the vests fit on cows?
Sounds like the USDA is going to war with somebody.
Link to the FedBizOps site for the USDA solicitation for Ballistic Vests - https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9dfebeda308f15074b832bcf24bfcb92&tab=core&_cview=0
USDA solicitation for FLIR T-70 Thermal Scopes -
USDA solicitation for .40 cal submachineguns - https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9fc3a01217d03b0354e1e18b69aa7bad&tab=core&_cview=0
I guess the whole “mad cow” thing has gotten out of hand huh?
Good catch, especially on the thermal scopes.
A quick search reveals that the FLIR T-70 Thermal is a state of the art thermal scope and target acquisition system ( mfr term ).
There is an e-Bay listing advertising at $15,000 and in stock.
One wonders why the Agriculture Department has need for what is basically an assassin’s tool.
Probably part of the Obama Benghazi agreement. They’re just trying to hide it.
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Just shoot them in the knee or the throat. Body armor doesn’t work there.
".30 cal" could be anything from a 30-30 to a .300 Win Mag. There is a world of difference in muzzle energy between the two. Type of bullet and range are also major factors.
We had a guy in our company hit in the back of his flak jacket with an NVA sniper's .30 cal round while he was on Hill 55 in Vietnam. The round hit just above the ceramic plate and pierced most of the ballistic nylon layers. The bullet remained embedded in the ballistic nylon with just the very tip protruding. The tip of the bullet just barely broke his skin, but left a really cool looking purple bruise. I don't remember if he got a "Heart" from this.
The sniper was probably 200-300 meters out and may have been one of the group after Carlo Hathcock, as this occurred about the time Carlos was based on Hill 55.
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