This discussion was sparked by the civil unrest that is occurring in major cities throughout the United States by the predominantly state welfare dependent criminal population. Our concern was how to protect your family when criminals bring illegal activity to your doorstep, and how essential it is for all family members to have body armor to protect against blunt force trauma.
Pictured below are various examples of surplus Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) and accessories that are widely available on Ebay (when not removed as a listing), at flea markets and at gun shows near almost any location where body armor is legal for non-felons. An excellent condition basic IBA consisting of MOLLE Carrier, Soft Armor (Front and Rear Level III Panels), and Neck Collar/Yoke can be purchased for $200. Additional IBA accessories that include; Deltoid Auxiliary Protector (DAP) attached to the upper shoulder, Lower Deltoid Protector attached to the inside of the vest just under the armpit, groin protector and neck protector can be purchased on average for $20 per panel. The second picture shows the upper and lower DAP system.
Do not wait! Begin buying individual IBA components as they become available. Even a $20 individual Deltoid Protector provides enough Level III coverage to protect vitals when draped below your neck. The velcro on the DAP system can be draped over traditional body armor carriers, so you can purchase and use components at any time.
When pricing armor look for minimal creases in the soft panels. Although the age of the panel plays a role in price it is not that much of a concern if the panels are new and in excellent condition.
Proper Armor Storage: Finally, "always store your body armor under your bed laying flat." So it is not only accessible, but positioned so it does not crease the panels. You can easily stack two sets of armor side by side on top each other for a family of four.
**See other site postings that discuss Small Arms Protective Inserts (SAPI) that can be used in the IBA carrier's front and rear SAPI pockets, that are used to increase protection against 7.62 rifle fire.