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Thread: Trying to select a plate carrier.

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    Trying to select a plate carrier.

    1. I'm looking for a Plate Carrier
    2. I'm a civilian
    3. The primary usage of this item is use at the shooting club and classes
    4. I'd also like to use it for SHTF (whatever that may be)
    5. I need it to fit/carry - I will be strapping a HSP D3 rig to it
    6. I need it for this weapon M4
    7. I prefer it to be made out of - Not sure???
    8. My budget for this item is ~ 200 to 250
    9. I'm looking for it in these colors Don't care
    10. I care/don't care if it looks 'tactical'. Don't care
    11. I need/don't need it to be low profile/concealed etc. I would like it to be low profile if possible
    12. I am looking at Mayflower, Tactical Tailor
    13. If it's a sizing/fit question, provide your height, weight, build, waist size, inseam length - whatever sizing information is relevant to your question. I am 6ft3 250lbs so any input from the bigger guys is welcome


    14. If it's a comfort question, state the conditions you want to use the garment under - dry/humid/wet, hot/cold. Both summer and winter (Ohio)
    15. Any other relevant information about your personal preference, usage etc that will help others narrow down their answers to your question.

    I have never owned one of these. Other than looking at pictures and reading the reviews on this forum I know nothing about them. I have been reading a lot of the reviews and will continue to search for more. I don't require crazy bells and whistles this is just something for my own personal safety during my sessions at shooting clubs and in door ranges. Due to so many price differences I am kinda lost. Are these like body armor that have to be replaced every few years? I read the plates do have to be replaced over time. Thanks in advance guys
    Quote Originally Posted by Failure2Stop View Post
    Don't count on anything you don't sleep with attached to your body to be present when you have to fight for your life.
    I will never get to train as much as I want to. So when I do I need to make it count.
    F@ck Yolo. Bangarang!

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    I like my Mayflower, it holds the place nice and high like its supposed to. Its highly adjustable, light and low profile. The downsides:
    -No casualty handle
    -Some people don't like how close the shoulder straps are together, but I think since it is closer to your spine it carries the weight better and my shoulders don't get very tired as a result. Wear a shirt with a colar
    -You will need to teach yourself to should the rifle a little different than you are used to most likely, but that is true of all plate carriers I think. The top right corner of my plate is what interferes with the butt of the gun, not so much the carrier itself.

    Also check out the Crye JPC for that price range. Guys who have them seem to love them. No experience there though.

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    For just the nylon, $200 budget is pretty solid - the Mayflower APC is probably the ideal choice there, probably the XL sizing. For primary use - shooting club stuff, the modularity of being able to run just soft at a pistol course and hard plates (in conjunction with soft) the rest of the time, and the APC is the ideal venue for that.
    عندما تصبح الأسلحة محظورة, قد يملكون حظرون عندهم فقط
    کله چی سلاح منع شوی دی، یوازي غلوونکۍ یی به درلود
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    "Being able to do the basics, on demand, takes practice. " - Sinister

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    There is a pretty long review on the MAPC which I read on here. I was looking at skd and saw they have them for about 220.

    http://www.skdtac.com/Mayflower-Assa...-p/mfr.512.htm
    Quote Originally Posted by Failure2Stop View Post
    Don't count on anything you don't sleep with attached to your body to be present when you have to fight for your life.
    I will never get to train as much as I want to. So when I do I need to make it count.
    F@ck Yolo. Bangarang!

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    OPTactical has a lot of Mayflower kit on sale right now. I just got mine for Christmas and love it - highly recommended by me and a lot of guys that use it much harder. You really can't go wrong with it.
    Sic semper tyrannis.

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    I love my Mayflower APC. I will also be picking up a LPAC for different uses at work.
    "My craving is, and always has been, to be involved in actions conducted to ensure America remains strong, safe, and free of those who have its destruction as their goal."
    - Billy Waugh

    "When you enter a room full of armed men, shoot the first person who moves, hostile or otherwise. He has started to think and is therefore dangerous."
    - Robert "Paddy" Mayne

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    I wasn't sure at first, but I really like the APC but haven't owned one. My first choice is the blueforce gear LMAC for your standard carrier.

    But, My current choice is the PLATEminus. The new one with the built in cummerbund is great, extremely light, very low profile and will not hold moisture. It's also extremely durable.

    Another plus for the PLATEminus, at least the first model without the cummerbund (and likely the newest model) is that it's one of the fastest carriers to put on (don?).
    Proven combat techniques may not be flashy and may require a bit more physical effort on the part of the shooter. Further, they may not win competition matches, but they will help ensure your survival in a shooting or gunfight on the street. ~ Paul Howe

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