Can an Armor Vest Protect You from Common Urban Threats?

IMG_6761This article was provided by Anthony, Safeguard Clothing

When chaos unleashes in a city, there’s no telling whether or not you’ll be standing in the line of fire. Preparation reduces the chance that you’ll fall victim to a fatal attack. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a society where treasure awaits at the end of a rainbow. Instead, guns and knives along with other harmful weapons roam the streets of urban areas, attached to perpetrators waiting to claim their next victim. Body armor is a necessity in crime filled areas. But how does one walk around with pounds and pounds of weight hanging from their shoulders on a daily basis? They don’t. Thankfully, body armor is something where variety is offered and thus, finding the perfect protective gear for everyday use in an urban area is rather simple.

Why covert body armor is an urban survivalist’s best friend
Covert body armor is worn underneath clothing and thus, offers the wearer a high degree of concealment and comfort. With fabrics such as Coolmax incorporated into much covert body armor, wearers are able to stay warm when cold and cool when it’s hot. Designers of body armor like use these materials, where concealment is concerned. When selecting covert body armor, you want to ensure that the one chosen is made with light cotton fabric as this will prevent the body armor from irritating the skin. As a result, survivalists will be able to wear their protective gear directly against the skin, eliminating bulk, and thus, achieving an even higher level of concealment.

Five times stronger than steel, Kevlar covert vests are just what urban survivalists need to keep their body protected against bullets, spikes and knives which are the most likely weapons used in attacks in
urban areas.

The ideal levels of protection.
· NIJ Level IIIa Ballistic Protection
· NIJ Level II Edged Blade Protection
· NIJ Level II Spike Protection

Concealment through fit
Body armor that’s too big will create a bulky look underneath clothing and therefore give away the fact that you are protected. The aim through wearing covert protective gear is to be discreet and when your gear doesn’t fit well, it doesn’t fulfill this aim. There’s a high chance that when your protective gear is spotted, you’ll become the target of an aggressor.   Spotting your body armor especially if you are believed to have witnessed illegal activity may push an assailant over the edge causing him/her to attack.

Common threats:

Drive by shootings
With street gangs competing for territories, drives by shootings are a common occurrence in urban areas. More often than not, random targets and bystanders fall victim to drive by shootings. Whether you’re sitting in your car, strolling down the street, or waiting line, you want to ensure that your body is adequately protected from such random attacks.
Killing sprees
In the past few years, the United States has seen an increase in random shootings as well as random stabbings. This isn’t something that someone can predict and regardless of how comfortable you may feel in your neighborhood, no place is truly and wholly safe. These attacks are often carried out with firearm and therefore, a vest that offers ballistic protection is the best option.
Muggings are very common in urban areas. Though one may believe that a discreet appearance or tucking away their wallet eliminates them as a threat, this is incorrect. You never know what an assailant may see in you and therefore, the best thing that you can do for yourself, is to be protected at all times. In such attacks, guns pose as high of a risk as knives, blades and other sharp weapon. Covert body armor with ballistic, protection as well as stab and spike protection is therefore necessary.
Stray bullets from police activity
Though not an exceedingly common occurrence, there have been cases where police activities have resulted in the loss of lives of innocent bystanders. There’s no way of knowing where a police raid or other kinds of police activity may take place. Both in residential and commercial areas of urban cities, police activities which include firearms are common. Should a fire fight break out between police personnel and criminals, any person within close vicinity are within severe danger of being hit by stray bullets.

Note:  Before purchasing body armor, you need to check the laws in your state.


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Review of Own the Night: a Tactical Training DVD for Preppers, Plus Giveaway


I was a bit hesitant before agreeing to review a tactical training DVD called “Own the Night”  After all, being an apartment dwelling mom, I was not sure there would be a need for “owning the night”  But after considering what can happen in the event of a large scale collapse, when no one is safe, especially at night, I thought it would be worthwhile to to find out about it.

The DVD features tactical training exercises to help you become more proficient in combat at night.  This would of course only apply in the event of a total collapse scenario if there were no rule of law, and not for “normal” times.  Some of the lessons that stand out:

–what to do when you’re ambushed

–learning to shoot from awkward positions

–learning to shoot from cover

–what to do if you are running out of ammunition while fighting

Although this topic may not appeal to everyone, part of prepping is the possibility of having to defend yourself with weapons, and confrontations are likely happen at night.  If you are an advanced prepper, someone who has a military background or who trains constantly, you likely will not learn anything new.   However, if you consider yourself a beginner to average, then there are some very helpful tips that can be learned from this training.

To get the most out of it, and be able to practice the training recommended, you would need to know someone whom you can train with at night, and some space, such as vacant land where you can practice.

Mr Apt Prepper watched the DVD with me and he picked up a thing or two.   You would likely learn some good pointers as well.

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Is Defense the Biggest Hole in Your Preps? Read “Prepper’s Home Defense” by Jim Cobb

preppers home defenseWhen starting the preparedness journey, most people focus on storing food, water and first aid supplies.  But there is one aspect of preparedness that should not be ignored, and that is defense.  You need to be able to protect yourself and your family during normal times; if a collapse happens, defense would become even more critical.

Prepper’s Home Defense contains a lot of useful information without being overwhelming.   It even includes a list of commonly used acronyms that is helpful if you are new prepper.  Some of the subjects covered include post-collapse security, physical defense such as protecting the perimeter, safe rooms, hidden storage, weapons such as firearms and other weapons, guard dogs, communications, etc.  The book was written by Jim Cobb, who writes at Survival Weekly and  Jim has worked in the security and investigation field for 20 years and is a survivalist.

The author points out that post collapse security is vastly different from normal day to day security, as you will be faced with more varied and determined threats.  As an example, he cites how something as basic as answering a ringing doorbell must be approached differently in a post collapse situation.   As an apartment prepper, there are limits to modifications you can make to your home, and therefore you may not be able to implement a few of the strategies.  Some of the tactics described are applicable only on a post collapse scenario, so as not to break any laws, but they are still good to know nonetheless.   There is a good section on weapons and the book does not limit itself to firearms.  It also covers martial arts weapons, improvised weapons, pepper spray and even natural weapons such as elbows, knees and feet.  I also enjoyed the section on guard dogs versus watch dogs, which I have not previously distinguished.

Prepper’s Home Defense has a lot to offer, in a subject that is often overlooked by beginner and intermediate preppers.  If you have not made plans on how you will protect your home and family, or feel that defense is a weak spot in your emergency plans, I recommend you pick up Prepper’s Home Defense.


Firearms for Long Term Survival

Today is Day Four of Preparedness Blog Crossover Week.  I hope you have been enjoying the series.

Today’s question is:  What firearms do you feel are most appropriate for long term survival and why?

I’ll be the first to admit I am not the biggest expert when it comes to firearms.  But I have read and researched enough to know at the minimum what I would have for long term survival.  I’d have a handgun for defense.  In my case I prefer a revolver, as it is easier for me to load. I have a shotgun on my wishlist, but I have not had the budget for it.  I’d also have a hunting rifle to be able to hunt game for food.  Finally, I’d like to have an AR-15.

By the way, The Prepper Next Door, a book I recently reviewed, has an extensive discussion in the Gun chapter that I recommend.  The author talks about what firearm is ideal for what purpose such as hunting, target practice, defense and such.  I plan on looking at some of the types mentioned before making my choices.

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