Question of the Day: Why Not Wear Body Armor Daily?

Dan’s recent post on body armor and the attendant comments got me thinking. Most of the commenters complained about how the armor was uncomfortable for daily wear and furthermore many people seemed to consider daily body armor use a level of paranoia that was beyond reasonable. What amused me is that many of the negative comments were similar to the excuses used when People of the Gun are asked why they don’t carry daily. Granted, many carry a firearm every day, but many others (including myself) don’t. Frankly, I have not found a solution that is comfortable and completely concealable in every situation therefore while I often carry concealed; it’s not a daily thing for me . . .

I can anticipate the responses – “How can you know if you are going to need it or not?” “Wouldn’t you rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it?” “Get over your laziness and figure out something that works then use it daily.”

I can’t argue against any of these points – they make good sense. Seems to me that all of the comments in the paragraph above could apply to daily body armor wear. If you feel the need for daily concealed (or open) carry, why aren’t you wearing body armor? Let’s face it, if you have to deploy your firearm in a gun fight, there is a really good chance that some rounds are going to be headed your way. Given that, wouldn’t it be a lot better to be wearing some protection?

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that adding body armor to your daily carry kit certainly ramps up the paranoia factor. But let’s not kid ourselves. We carry guns against that terrible, (and for most of us) extremely unlikely event that we’ll need to use them. Since we plan for a gun fight, shouldn’t we go all the way and plan to protect our bodies? Why not invest in a good suit of soft body armor?

Today, options exist that offer relatively lightweight and concealable choices for a reasonable prices. The one pictured above is $460 – about the cost of a decent handgun and looks reasonably comfortable. Granted, the smartasses might suggest that if you’re going to go with armor, you should go with hard armor to protect against rifle rounds. The fact is though that the likelihood of facing assailants armed with rifles is so unlikely (unless you are police) as to make it not even worth considering. No, a good set of Level II or Level IIIa would do fine for most people.

In the final analysis, all of the good reasons people can offer to carry a gun daily arguably apply to daily body armor use. If you are expecting the gun fight, it pays to be fully prepared if it comes. So, my question is, if you carry daily, why not armor up?


Question of the Day: What Trick Shot Can You Do?

I’m a pretty mean pool player. Thousands of hours spend racking-em-up in the basement of the family home taught me how to sink pool balls like ringing a bell. For which I was rewarded with a sliced-open chin in a Providence pool hall. Trick shots? Like you read about. When it comes to ballistic prestidigitation, very few people can match Miss Weiss’ performance shooting prowess. But God knows they try. Especially if it’s a friendly competition. Five Hour Energy bottles at 50 paces with your EDC? I’m in! What trick shots do you do to keep you and yours amused?


Question of the Day: How Safe Are Most Shooters?

I’m a safety Nazi. I never point a gun at another human being unless I intend to shoot them. I always keep a gun pointed in a safe direction (when a safe direction is available). I assume all guns are loaded – even if I can see a blaze orange Chamber View action blocking thingie gumming-up the action. I’m also highly alert to the safety habits of those around me. The other day, I handed my Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless to new shooting pal. His finger couldn’t have gone to the trigger any faster if he’d been trying to shoot a passing Archduke. Later, another gun guy inspected a wicked custom 1911 – pointing the barrel straight at the palm of his hand. In a previous episode of Who Wants to Die Ironically, some bright spark lasered me with a fully loaded Remington 870. As one of our commenters pointed out, gun store patrons’ gun safety habits are notable by their absence. Oy vey. Is it me or is it really bad out there, gun safety-wise?


Question of the Day: Should Shooting Reports Include Race?

 East 55th Street and Grand Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (courtesy Google Maps)

“Police say the 29-year-old victim was there helping two females change a tire,” reports. “A vehicle occupied by several males pulled up, and one of them exited and asked for directions. As the victim provided directions, the suspect  pulled out a handgun and began to rob the victim and the two females. Other passengers in the suspects’ vehicle also exited and participated in the robbery. At some point during the robbery, the victim drew his own weapon, and the victim and suspect exchanged gunfire. The other suspects fled the scene. Police were able to locate three juveniles in the 3800 block of East 55th Street, and they were identified as participants in the robbery. All three were arrested.” Should the Fox News affiliate have reported the race of the females, the good samaritan and the perps? [h/t Jrwmaq]



Question of the Day: Got Ammo? Specifically, .22?

“I’ve never been much into large conspiracies–that is, until now,” Brian Buru writes at writes. “In talking with a few WalMart managers (who happen to be relatives), I can say that WalMart is in fact starting to hoard .22 long rifle ammunition from their normal suppliers. I can also confirm that it is very purpose-driven. WalMart is planning one of the greatest marketing coups in history of marketing. They are saving all their .22 long rifle ammunition to attract one specific marketing demographic: Men, on the accursed Black Friday (The big sale night and/or day after Thanksgiving). Black Friday is often so important to retailers’ bottom lines that some would go out of business entirely if it were not for the masses of people coming in.” Yes, well, my LGS (Sportsman’s Finest) is still restricting customers to two boxes. What’s the sitch in your neck of the woods? [h/t SS]


Question of the Day: Why Doesn’t the Mainstream Media Ignore Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America?

Before you get started, TTAG will NOT ignore Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. For one thing, we agree with Saul Alinsky’s Rule 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Second, MDA is the mainstream media’s civilian disarmament darling – despite the fact that they are an astroturf organization. Check out the Indianapolis WRTV video above, which gives play to three Moms demanding Kroger ban open carry from its stores. With three pre-pubescent children wearing T-shirts declaring that they’re “Gun Sense Voters.” Sure, Indianapolis is Shannon Watts’ home town, but the Moms founder couldn’t even be bothered to show-up for the cameras. So why does WRTV and their ilk give these Moms PR action? Seriously, is the mainstream media anti-gun or are these poorly-attended (to say the least) protests legitimate news? Oh and notice how the station’s banner says MDA is calling for a ban on guns in Kroger. Not open carry. Guns.


Question of the Day: Do You Own a Bullet Proof Resistant Vest

Dressing a water bottle in a bullet-resistant vest may not be a scientifically correct way to measure the impact of various rounds on the wearer, but it’s visually illustrative and certainly entertaining. The takeaway from BulletSafe’s promo video seems to be that taking a big boy round to the chest while protected by one of their products is roughly equal to absorbing a good rap with a rubber mallet or a Louisville Slugger. You’re probably going to have the breath knocked out of you and may very well end up on the deck, but it sure as hell beats a sucking check wound and critical organ damage. “Bullet proof” vests aren’t cheap, though, and most people figure that their odds of taking a round don’t warrant dropping that kind of coin, let alone the hassle and discomfort of wearing one on a regular basis. Would you buy one? Have you?


Question of the Day: Is America Becoming A Police State?

Police state? (courtesy

“As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the Constitution has been on life support for some time now,” John Whitehead writes, cheerfully enough. “We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. However, the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.” In terms of gun rights . . .

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Question of the Day: Does Gun Control Work?

Rodrigo Guerrero talks to the Cali cops (courtesy

According to‘s A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia, Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero came up with a successful prescription for “gun violence.” “With the army’s OK, he implemented a ban on carrying weapons on weekends and holidays. Stop-and-frisk checkpoints, which would become so unpopular two decades later in New York City, confiscated weapons from the most dangerous parts of the city. The measures worked. Murders dropped from 2,239 in 1994 to 1,695 in 1998 — a 30 percent decline. A decade later, Cali’s murder rate per 100,000 people had been cut in half. Meanwhile . . .

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Question of the Day: What Gun and Ammo for Shooting Fish in a Barrel?


My main squeeze is cooking a proper Southern breakfast. (My arteries are hardening in anticipation.) I’m sitting here blogging about the USDA’s recent purchase of 85 submachine guns. I told her that sometime this job is like shooting fish in a barrel. Hmmm. How easy is that, anyway? What kind of barrel are we talking about? What kind of fish? Which gun? What ammo? So I’m asking TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia to ignore the image above and please suggest a proper experiment to prove the validity of this piscine adage. Note: no fish were harmed in the making of this post. Although I can’t make the same promise for the follow-up . . .


Question of the Day: Do You Use a Retention Holster?

When I was in Montana this week, I got a lot of trigger time with the BLACKHAWK! GripBreak retention holster. It’s a pancake-type OWB holster with a release lever by your thumb as you grip your holstered pistol. I’m one of those who thinks concealed carry beats open carry in almost all cases, but now that open carry is almost here in the Show Me state, there may be times when I’d venture out of the house with an M&P out there, loud and proud on my hip. That would require (or probably should) a retention holster. Having someone sidle up and snatch your openly displayed mohaska from behind could ruin your whole day. I liked the GripBreak’s design enough that I’d use it even when carrying concealed, but more on that later. In the mean time, do you use a retention holster, however it is you carry?