can you turn an airsoft vest into a real bulletproof vest?

December 19th, 2008 Posted in Law Enforcement & Police
Airsoft vest
Ceffy asked:

if yes, how?
I'm trying to make my own bulletproof vest out of an airsoft vest. i'd like to modify and customize it a bit.

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4 Responses to “can you turn an airsoft vest into a real bulletproof vest?”

  1. raviet31 Says:

    NO, and doing so will get you killed. Bullet “resistant” vests use multiple layers of bullet resistant material, usually kevlar, that are sewn together. Your Airsoft Vest is not made of this material. Although I suppose you could purchase the kevlar material needed and fashion some sort of protective vest in the airsoft vest, you would be gambling with your life. You would also probably spend a great deal more than you would spend than purchasing a basic bullet resistant vest.

    Honestly, if you were to need a bullet resistant vest, you would want one that was professionally built and ready to work, not something that you would have to cross your fingers and pray didn’t fail.

  2. dasguy99 Says:

    Would you really trust a “homemade” bullet proof vest? If yes, you should make a homemade parachute too!!

  3. lcpldarricksewell Says:

    your retarded!!!!!!!!

    semper fi

  4. Nightrider Says:

    As noted above, no, it isn’t feasible to attempt to modify something to that level of protection. I will give you some alternatives for what it might be worth.

    First, so you wont violate laws and be subject to some massive prison years, check your state laws about owning/wearing a ballistic vest. Some states allow this and some don’t. You would have to be at least 18 (some states demand 21), have NO prior criminal records and regardless of the above, be careful where you wear it. With Homeland Security issues today, wearing a ballistic vest in an airport is a one way ticket to jail.

    Now that we have some the legal aspects out of the way, go on eBay and in the search box, type in “ballistic vest carrier”. The carrier is the body of the vest that the kevlar sits inside. You can get these relatively cheap ( most selling under $40 used). The really expensive parts is the kevlar inserts and the trauma plates. You usually wont find kevlar being sold used and you can expect to pay a healthy amount.

    A little research will go a long way in finding what you want to build.

    Best of luck and I hope this is useful to you

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