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A plate carrier is a light body armor that protects the torso. Its features can be characterized by several facts: small weight and small dimensions; the ability to install plates of various protection classes; modularity (attach any cartridge pouch according to the weapon and personal needs).
It seems that the inside of body armor is the main thing, but the cover plays a very big role too. The plates weigh a lot, and an improperly selected cover will become rather a burden than protection. Plate carrier is "customized" to the size of a person. It protects the main lethal zones and gives an advantage in a range of motion and the convenience of firing. Besides, a plate carrier can also play the role of an assault vest. But why exactly would you need a plate carrier while at the range or hunting? What are the risks it may protect you from?
In every setting, when there is a firearm around, there are potential risks. Even at range, there is always a risk of ricochet and people’ carelessness with a weapon. Those same risks magnify at the hunting grounds. The main of them are:
And despite training programs that include classes on weapons handling skills, hunting safety, and even survival in extreme conditions, the death of people while hunting is still a hot topic. No matter how prepared you are, you can never exclude people’ carelessness with a weapon and the risk of ricochet. That is why a plate carrier is a must to protect yourself while hunting or at range.
Today, the market is literally oversaturated with these types of vests. Many companies make a variety of cheaper and more expensive models. Which one to choose?
Here is what you should pay attention to:
To have real protection at the shooting range, you need a high-quality product. Check out this plate carrier as a great example of such.