This is an update to our previous article concerning the Custom Armor Technologies / Diamondback Tactical RVA3A Level 111a Soft Body Armor.
The armor is now available as a special order through Diamondback Tactical for $625.95, and has a 30-45 day turnaround.
CAT/DBT RVA3A is a custom cut, requiring each individual to send in their measurements to be custom fit. According to DBT this custom cut armor also requires a custom carrier which they offer for $350.95.
We got lucky during one of Tactical Assault Gear’s sales about six months back, and picked up the Advanced Load-Out Bag for 50% off of the $599.95 retail price. We noticed that TAG no longer includes this bag on their Web site during sales, so we feel pretty lucky to have picked one up at a great price.
We’ve been beating this bag up for the past six months and as you can see from the pictures, the only wear spots are around the back wheels from humping it up concrete stairs a few times. This bag has been bombproof so far and exceeded our expectations. [Read More…]
Blue Force Gear has just released their DAP (Denied Area Pattern) Discreet Case, and we’ve had a chance to buy one and kick it around for a bit.
The DAP Discreet Case is designed to carry either an assembled 11.5″ M4 style weapon or a broken down 16″ Carbine. It has a removable padded divider in the case to protect the broken down components, a small slot pocket for storing paperwork or small parts, and a hook & loop field for ID patches. [Read More…]
We’ve been following the writings by Dr. Gary K. Roberts on body armor testing with great admiration. His independent analysis has been a wonderful perspective into the industry and what body armor is truly capable of stopping.
For those of us who have used soft body armor, and for those in the market to make a purchase, the following is a must read. The information comes from subject matter expert Dr. Gary K. Roberts, LCDR, USNR.
Background and Qualifications
Dr. Roberts is currently on staff at Stanford University Medical Center, a large teaching hospital and Level I Trauma Center were he performs hospital dentistry and surgery. After completing his residency at Navy Hospital Oakland in 1989, Roberts studied at the Army Wound Ballistic Research Laboratory: Letterman Army Institute of Research while on active military duty, and became one of the first members of the International Wound Ballistic Association. [Read More…]