Oh dear. Seems that the AR500 Level IV Body Armor above couldn’t withstand multiple 7.62 AK47 rounds. According to officerstore.com, “Level IV body armor provides the highest level of protection currently available. Because this armor is intended to resist ‘armor piercing’ bullets, it often uses ceramic materials. Such materials are brittle in nature and may provide only single-shot protection since the ceramic tends to break up when struck.” There’s your trouble: several of the shots were right on top of each other. “As with Level III armor,” the website continues, “Level IV armor is clearly intended only for . . .
tactical situations when the threat warrants such protection.” Hang on. If someone’s shooting at me, I consider that a tactical situation. And just as I want the largest caliber firearm I can comfortably carry should push come to ballistic shove, I want to clothe myself in the most effective body armor I can comfortably wear on a daily basis.
Generally speaking that’s a NIJ Level 0 Tommy John Second Skin Stay Tucked High V-Neck Undershirt. Sure, I’d consider parking a ballistic vest bedside for BITN (Bump In The Night) emergencies, but seriously: what civilian needs this stuff? Go ahead: dime. Chef don’t judge.