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benbangui
12-01-2011, 5:18 PM
i know this is not the correct forum... please forgive me, i honistly wasnt sure where to put this.

are these plates legit?

http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff513/benbangui/1130111718.jpg
http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff513/benbangui/1130111717.jpg
http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff513/benbangui/1130111716a.jpg
http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff513/benbangui/1130111716.jpg


one of them is large and the other medium. both manufactured in 2003. should i be worried that they are old? they have obviously never been shot. but i dont know much about the plates... like if they where submerged in water a lot... does that take down the lifespan... what is the lifespan on them if there is one?

almost 10yrs old? are old plates not issued?

do people put a large plate in the back of a carrier and a medium in the front of vise versa?

do you want to kill me for asking so many stupid questions? :) lol

thanks for your time in advance :)

tomd1584
12-01-2011, 7:28 PM
How do the edges look? like theyve been dropped?

The only real way to tell is to have them x-rayed. Anything else is just guessing, especially since they're 10 years old. Who knows where they've been. Some people run larger plates in the back. Ideally, you want to run the largest plate that does not impede your movement. If thats L in the rear, and M in the front, then it is what it is!

Considering that you can get brand new known quality plates for around $150 each, I wouldn't waste your time on used plates. Just too much Uknown.

ETA: Here's a post I made from another plate thread- A good read and recommendation on a quality plate. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showpost.php?p=7490145&postcount=31

Diabolus
12-01-2011, 7:42 PM
Could still be Government property.

They are ceramic, so I believe x-ray every year to ensure no cracks.

Everyone I know who wears plates has the same size in front and back. Most carriers are sized for one size of plate only.

I would pass on them for several reasons.

louscamaro91
12-01-2011, 8:11 PM
I wouldn't write them off due to age or the fact they are used. They look like the interceptor vest plates.

brando
12-01-2011, 9:40 PM
I wouldn't trust them, if I were you.

gun toting monkeyboy
12-01-2011, 9:40 PM
You can get new level III plates for $150-225 a piece nowadays. That means you don't have to worry about them being cracked, dinged, or otherwise negelected. Also, depending on what they are made of, you might have to worry about the age. Many of the composite plates made today have both ceramic and synthetic parts. The synthetics like Kevlar, Spectre and Ultra-high density Polypropylene have a limited service life. They are normally only guaranteed for 10 years on the shelf or 5 years of use. They don't stop working at that point, but they are degraded enough that it is time to get new ones. They might still work, they might not, so why risk it? I have a couple of level III and level IV stand alone plates that I bought last month that I plan on shooting the heck out of soon. I'll take videos and post the results on here to show how they do. I've been talking to the company about doing a group buy early next year if they hold up as well as they say they do. Hopefully at the lower end of that price range. But I am withholding judgement on that until after I see how the ones I have do. I have some M80 Ball, and some M855 green tips to test on both styles, and some M2 AP Ball for testing the level IV plates. It should be a hoot.

-Mb

zombiescanlearn
12-01-2011, 10:52 PM
if you're going to go with used plates, go with steel ones. But they're so cheap, you might as well get them new.

benbangui
12-01-2011, 11:56 PM
Well I bought the plates and point blank level IIIa plate carrier for $100... I think ill just keep it for now until I feel like shooting it also :)

starsnuffer
12-02-2011, 8:39 AM
They'll hold your food and are microwave safe, which is all you'll use them for anyway.

-W

Diabolus
12-02-2011, 8:49 AM
They'll hold your food and are microwave safe, which is all you'll use them for anyway.

-W

What a ****ty comment to make.

Ubermcoupe
12-02-2011, 9:28 AM
Ben,

$100 is a hellava deal for 2 plates and a carrier. :D
The main concern with plates are physical damage/impacts to the plate, versus kevlar which degrades with contact to light/perspiration.

If used for protection/SHTF/whatever I operate on the philosophy similar to old BA; it may be out of date but its better than nothing.

I know you probably will, but make sure you video shooting those plates! I always get a kick out of your vids.;)

Here is another read about them on AR15, guess they should be x-rayed to ensure integrity.
http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=6&f=10&t=319332

benbangui
12-02-2011, 10:33 AM
How do the edges look? like theyve been dropped?

The only real way to tell is to have them x-rayed. Anything else is just guessing, especially since they're 10 years old. Who knows where they've been. Some people run larger plates in the back. Ideally, you want to run the largest plate that does not impede your movement. If thats L in the rear, and M in the front, then it is what it is!

Considering that you can get brand new known quality plates for around $150 each, I wouldn't waste your time on used plates. Just too much Uknown.

ETA: Here's a post I made from another plate thread- A good read and recommendation on a quality plate. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showpost.php?p=7490145&postcount=31

wow that diagram showing where your internals are was really good to when talking about placement. i didnt like the vest i got with it cause it covers up high... but that makes more sense now to use it instead of the style that hang lower... thanks for that read :)

benbangui
12-02-2011, 10:37 AM
Ben,

$100 is a hellava deal for 2 plates and a carrier. :D
The main concern with plates are physical damage/impacts to the plate, versus kevlar which degrades with contact to light/perspiration.

If used for protection/SHTF/whatever I operate on the philosophy similar to old BA; it may be out of date but its better than nothing.

I know you probably will, but make sure you video shooting those plates! I always get a kick out of your vids.;)

Here is another read about them on AR15, guess they should be x-rayed to ensure integrity.
http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=6&f=10&t=319332


well it is my first rig lol. i have never needed one and hope to never need one. so yea, for now ill just keep it as SHTF :) and when i have the money to get a newer one ill definatly make a video of shooting it ;)

benbangui
12-02-2011, 10:39 AM
just uploaded this last week: lol

stupid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2ryJL5sHgk&list=UUhCdgBz4z3kw9We-dCMIgCA&feature=plcp)