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How to make your own body armor...at your own risk.

How to make your own body armor...at your own risk.

Postby wesurvive » Thu May 26, 2011 2:05 am

If you want to buy body armor and can afford it, that is great. However, what if you cannot afford to buy a nice IIIA protective body armor? Well, you can make it.

There are videos online of those who have made their own successfully that stopped even a 7.62 round, however nothing is absolutely perfect and cannot stop armor piercing bullets. Not only that, a person can pay tons of money and only get upper body protection from the front, not the back and not the arm pits.

So, what can we do to cover every area of the body and at least protect ourselves from the every day bullet used? Duck and run only goes so far, but there is always one stray bullet that ruins a persons day. How about your own form to fit body armor that you can make leggings and upper and lower body armor for? Even make some for the arms and a head cover. Now we are talking body armor. haha

Know that even with these form to fit fiberglass body armor outfits, you should still invest in a $35 dollar chest ceramic or composite insert to protect the center of your chest, where most will shoot at as it is the largest part of the body. This also helps stop those larger caliber bullets from sneaking through and making a mess.

If you want to shop around, here is a place to look at. It has price ranges and will find them on Ebay and other stores within your price range.
http://www.usedbodyarmor.com/shop-by-price/

How to build your own body armor ideas.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/04 ... -build-yo/

A make at your own risk small caliber bullet proof vest. lol

Yes it can be done and it can be done cheaper than real vest and relatively safe with smaller caliber rounds and projectile ricochets but is better used as a stab proof vest. What you need is few layers of felt, cotton and metal plate. Cut out two larger pieces of felt that cower you from neck to waist, cover one side of both pieces with silicone plaster mixed with carbon fibers and join those pieces together. put on one side metal plate and fix it onto the felt. Then take 3 paddings of cotton, dip it into plaster then press it with anything heavy and let it dry do it multiple times with other cotton padding and in the end take all dried up cotton paddings and dip them all into the sealant. Glue it to the metal plate and you got yourself a nice stab proof, smaller caliber(.22 Long Rifle, .25 ACP, .32 S&W Long, .32 S&W, .380 ACP, and .45 ACP ) partially proof vest. I hope my english was good enough

http://www.instructables.com/answers/Ho ... -at-home-/

However, making your own body armor can include a ballistic fiberglass in layers, using all three different woven fiberglass materials.

Here is a good place to see what other Body armor is made up of. Great to get ideas from.
http://www.ballisticsupplies.com/soft_armor.html

Kevlar Aramid found here:
http://compositeenvisions.com/raw-fabri ... 0e63ac1247

Plain Kevlar found here:
http://compositeenvisions.com/raw-fabri ... 0e63ac1247

Ballistic Zylong as an option as well found here:
http://compositeenvisions.com/raw-fabri ... 0e63ac1247

Epoxies and Resins as hardeners for your fiberglass body armor.
http://compositeenvisions.com/epoxy-and ... 0e63ac1247

Then using the high impact memory foam and its different flex conditioners or using a layer of foam hardened with BOOST you have extra padding and protection.
http://www.stopmotionstore.com/index.ph ... cPath=6_24

With a top layer of regular fiberglass and its hardener you have a bonus in protection.
You can find this stuff in your local automotive store for body repairs.

Now, you can make any shape or size with these types of body armor, including full body armor or armor for your vehicle.

For inserts to add for added protection, only stick with level IIIA or higher. IIIA, IV, IVA, level V etc.

Here are some inserts you can buy reasonably.
http://www.bodyarmoroutlet.com/content- ... curve.html

Also a bonus:

How to make Gun Cotton.

http://www.libertyreferences.com/gun-cotton.shtml
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Re: How to make your own body armor...at your own risk.

Postby jpf1030 » Thu May 26, 2011 3:43 pm

Howdy WeSurvive,
Thanks for posting this handy info. Making these could be a fun BSOSC class. Unfortunately, we have a brand new Task Force #5-Protection leader that is working out of town at the moment. Hopefully, when he is back in town with more time, he can work up such a class. If you have any more expeditious ideas, we can brainstorm it the next time we see you...jpf
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