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I'm retiring... Anybody want my body armor?

Since I am tired of getting shot at, I am quitting combat journalism in favor of a more sedentary life. I still have nearly-new body armor, however, collecting dust, wasting money. It’s level IV (military-spec, but civilian-purchased and completely legal). Anybody have ideas on how I should sell it? EBay won’t allow me to sell the armor plates that come with it, or the groin protector (eBay has drawn a very arbitrary line in the sand, I suppose). Any suggestions?

by Ben Shaw at 2011-01-10 14:29:13 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

What size?

by Andrew Berends | 10 Jan 2011 17:01 | Brooklyn, NY, United States | | Report spam→
Would the plates be compatible with an Interceptor vest?

by CS Muncy | 10 Jan 2011 18:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
The general specs are this:

purchased originally (new) from www.bulletproofme.com (as per DoD recommendation for embed in a combat zone).

Color: Coyote Tan
Size: Medium (sizing chart is here: http://bulletproofme.com/Sizing.shtml)
Style: Interceptor, VERY similar to last US military issue. Velcro closure in front
Specs and photos for the vest:
Specs for the ceramic plates:
Includes vest, two rifle plates (paired as front and back), groin protector, throat protector, neck protector, and two shoulder protectors (I never wore these).

Originally purchased for $1,830 to my doorstep. I’ll sell everything for $950 plus shipping (this needs to be insured). Please note that I cannot ship rifle plates out of the country. US State Dept allows it after approval of a lengthy request process, but I have been unable to even determine how difficult it is. My guess: virtually impossible.

Additional notes:
1. Remember that this is used. While fully intact, there is a grease stain on the inside back.
2. My name and blood type are scrawled in permanent marker across the back rifle plate flap. This MIGHT come out with rubbing alcohol, but I haven’t tried.
3. All other signs of use are normal wear and tear.
4. I was never shot while wearing this vest, or thrown by a blast wave. In other words, it’s fully functional, regardless of cosmetic marring.

by Ben Shaw | 10 Jan 2011 18:01 | Troy, VA, United States | | Report spam→
You can sell it through Craigslist…. it will sell fast since you are in a military/government-heavy area.

Good luck!

by Humphrey Cheung | 10 Jan 2011 23:01 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
You can auction it off on gunbroker.com. And I’ve never looked into whether there was restrictions on shipping armor and have done it repeated through the postal service. I simply write “ceramic plates” or “vest” on the forms.

by Travis Barrett | 11 Jan 2011 23:01 | Medellin, Colombia | | Report spam→
And wishing you the best with your new career path…


by BignoseTW | 12 Jan 2011 02:01 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
success for the new career…hope still in photography but more relax field…….

by donal husni | 14 Jan 2011 13:01 | Pangandaran, Indonesia | | Report spam→
I haven’t come over to LS for a while now, and this post reminded me of why I always come back eventually. You don’t get many requests for body armor around here, although I am always in the market for piano wire, especially when the public gets overly obstreperous.

by Akaky | 24 Jan 2011 20:01 | New York , United States | | Report spam→
Does it come with a clap-proof cricket box?

by Mikethehack | 26 Jan 2011 14:01 | Way up my own ass, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
You know, Mike, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know what that means…

by Akaky | 28 Jan 2011 00:01 | New York , United States | | Report spam→

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