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Gear Review: SafeGuard ARMOR ‘GHOST’ Low-Profile Ballistic Vest

November 29, 2013 // Christopher Dine, GunThink.com //

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Guns and ballistic vests are like parachutes – If you don’t have one when you need it, you won’t ever need one again.  For the past week I’ve been wearing SafeGuard ARMOR’s ‘GHOST,’ low profile, ballistic vest. I have to say, this vest is very comfortable, and I even prefer it over SafeGuard’s ‘Stealth’ vest.  The primary thing I like better about the new GHOST vest is that it offers more adjustability than does the Stealth vest (which, I must say, is also an excellent vest).  The thing I like about both the GHOST and the Stealth, is their low-profile concealability.  The trade-off which must be considered is that this vest is not meant to stop rounds from a rifle such as an AK-47, an AR-15 or the like.  Accordingly, this vest would not be my first recommendation if you’re going into battle. I do highly recommend it for civilians who are looking to protect themselves in a WROL or SHTF situation.

ghostThe GHOST vest is offers a high degree of adjustability, both in the shoulders and around the waist. This enables the wearer to achieve a custom, contoured, comfortable fit with their vest.  This is especially nice for guys with larger chests – the bottom of the vest won’t be inclined to angle away from the body if adjusted properly. Each shoulder “flap,” I’ll call it, attaches to the body of the vest with Velcro.  Another thing that’s nice about this vest, is there is plenty of space around the neck, so if you wear it under a button down shirt with the top unbuttoned, it won’t be visible. 

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What makes this vest so great if it doesn’t stop rifle rounds?  The fact that it does stop most pistol calibers, including 9mm and even .357 magnum.  The specs on this particular vest are shown below:

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level I

The construction of this vest is solid.  The materials are top-notch — The ballistic panels are made of DuPont Kevlar, and the carrier is 100% Coolmax material.  Here’s some good technical information on Kevlar from SafeGuard’s website:

Kevlar® has gone through several stages of development since first being introduced in the 1970’s. The first version, Kevlar® 29, was a revolutionary step for body armor, as it allowed for the production of protective panels that were both flexible and also easily concealable. This meant DuPont™ could now produce a piece of body armor that was lightweight, and that could be worn comfortably by people on a day to day basis. DuPont™ continued to develop Kevlar® for use in body armor, and in 1988 they released their second version, know as Kevlar® 129. This improved version was even lighter than Kevlar® 29, and offered increased ballistic protection for the wearer, including protection against high energy rounds from weapons like a 9mm FMJ.

The most recent version of Kevlar® was released in 1995 and named Kevlar® Correctional. This revolutionary version could stop attacks from knives and other such weapons, and led to the production of lightweight, multi-threat forms of body armor that were capable of stopping both ballistic and stab threats.

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This type of vest is an excellent low-profile option for police, bodyguards and others who frequently put themselves in danger’s path doing their job.  It’s also an excellent option for the civilian prepper like myself.  Just look at the recent shooting at an ice rink in New York, where a teenager shot a man with a .22 because he wouldn’t hand over his coat.  As of this article posting, the GHOST vest with level II ballistic and level I stab protection was available on SafeGuard ARMOR’s website for $476, including tax and shipping.  For most of us, that’s a relatively steep price for a piece of gear, but in this case you’re getting what you pay for.  In a WROL situation, crimes like the NY shooting mentioned above will increase dramatically – particularly when food and other resources become scarce.  Of course an intelligent prepper will stock, or have access to, sufficient water and food supply as part of their preps.  If you haven’t done that yet, get those and other essentials before investing in kit like this.  That being said, a vest that will stop a pistol caliber just may save your life from a violent attack, giving you the opportunity to live, and shoot back, even after taking a surprise shot in the chest. 

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My EDC, and Why It’s Important to Carry EVERY DAY

September 29, 2013 | Christopher Dine, GunThink

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I wanted to take a minute to share my EDC with all of our Gun Think followers.  If you’re like me, you can hardly get enough of seeing other peoples’ EDC systems.  Well, here’s mine: Glock 19 (Gen 3); Ontario Knife Co. ‘Rat 1’; Leatherman ‘Squirt’ Es4; Ray Ban ‘P’ (model unknown); Omega Seamaster; Iphone 4s with Magpul case (not shown because I’m taking the picture with it); Go Ruck hat with reverse flag; Keychain flashlight (from Home Depot, brand unknown).

Which of these items do I carry most frequently?  My Ontario Rat 1 folder.  The Rat 1 is a bad ass knife, and at around $28, it’s the steal of the century.  While I encourage responsible gun owners to carry their gun 100% of the time, or to ‘super carry,’ I myself have to confess it’s a lofty goal.  So what do I carry when I’m poking around the house, or making the short walk to the mail box?  I’m carrying a solid blade that can present itself as a serious deterrent to any a’-hole that wants to cause trouble.

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All that being said, my Glock 19 gen 3 is with me as often as possible (I’m not allowed to carry a firearm into my full time job, which is not at GunThink.com.)  I always have my Leatherman Squirt with me – it’s only good for very light-weight tasks, but for those tasks it’s super handy.  I also have a cheap-o flashlight with me at all times.  While I’d like to upgrade, and always have a better flashlight close by in my truck, it’s tough to find room in my pockets for a serious flashlight.  The holster in my EDC is a Galco Summer Comfort (IWB).

It’s important to put together an EDC system that works for you, and to carry it every day.  Not only will you find your EDC to be a huge convenience (if you haven’t carried a knife or flashlight, and start carrying them, you won’t know what you ever did without them.) but you’ll also be in a position to defend yourself, your family and those around you from an attacker.  THIS CAN BE A LIFE SAVER.  Being prepared is about having the means to take care of yourself, every day – NO DAYS OFF.

In my next post, I’ll show you my truck & briefcase EDC.   If you work in the professional world like I do, you can use a briefcase to carry a lot more than will fit in your pockets.  So what’s in your EDC?

 

 

 

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Gear Review: Aeroprecision AR15 Upper Receiver | Gun Think AR Build

September 14, 2013 | Christopher Dine, GunThink

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Sweet, sweet, sweet!

GunThink.com is building an AR-15, and we’re taking you with us along the way!  The first component of our build is a stripped, cerakoated upper receiver from Aeroprecision.

If you’re not familiar with Aeroprecision, here’s a little background on them.  Aeroprecision is headquartered, and manufactures its products in Tacoma, Washington.  Made in the USA!  They got their start making specialty parts for Boeing in a garage, taking on jobs too complicated for other machinists.  Needless to say, if they can make parts for Boeing, they’re more than capable of delivering top notch AR-15 upper and lower receivers.

The particular upper we got from them is cerakoated in Magpul’s OD green (H-232 Magpul OD).  Aeroprecision does the cerakoating, so we didn’t have to send it to another specialist and wait longer.  Here’s a couple photos of the upper we received:

Got OD green?
PRECISION!

If it's good enough for Boeing, it's damn well good enough for your AR!

As you can see, this is a sweet upper.  This upper was forged from 7075 T6 aluminum, precision-machined to M16/M4 specification and features M4 feedramps.  If you’re curious about the type of aluminum its forged from, I can tell you that substantially all modern AR-15 upper and lower receivers are made from 7075 T6 aluminum.  Here’s some more info. from Gunsumerreports if you really want to get nerdy about it.

Specs:

  • Forged from 7075 T6 aluminum
  • Precision machined to M16/M4 specs
  • M4 feedramps
  • .250” takedown pin holes
  • Laser engraved T-marks
  • Accepts standard AR15/M16 components

As of this posting, Aeroprecision is selling this exact stripped upper, with cerakoating, for $109.  That’s not bad at all for the made in the USA quality you’ll be getting.

We follow Aeroprecision on Twitter (@aero_precision), and noticed from their tweets that they sell cosmetically blemished AR uppers and lower receivers at deep discounts.  This is the smart way to go if you’re looking for a product you can rely on but don’t want to shell out money that can otherwise be spent on ammo!

Aeroprecision offers a variety of other products on their website, http://aeroprecisionusa.com/, including scope mounts, ambidextrous lowers, and mid-length and carbine uppers.  We definitely recommend you check them out if you’re looking for components for your AR project.

You’ll see more of this upper as we build our AR.  Stay tuned for more reviews !

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