It’s a simple question. If you own armor, probably a plate carrier, have you trained with it on before? And if not, why the heck not?

Owning the object is not enough! You need to be able to wear it, function in it, and put it to its best use you can. And if the first time you ever put that shiznit on, your shoulders are sagging and you can barely move around, then you’re gonna be in a bad spot.

So practice with it! You freakin’ hippie.

Video 1 – Have you trained in your Body Armor?

Video 2 – Have you ever worn your Body Armor in a vehicle?

If you’re looking for a recommendation, I would say to head over to AR500 Armor.

How many of you in the last 3, 5, 10 years maybe went out and bought plate carriers and plates, steel plates You went out and you bought yourself a plate carrier and you’re like, “Dude, just in case. I don’t like the way things are going, so I went out and I got some armor.”

Cool. It’s not a bad thing. When is the last time you actually put that armor on, went to the range and used it? You’re like, Well, I don’t want to see them crazy or anything.

Brothers, when are you going to learn how to wear your armor? You’re going to wait until the riots start and the boogeymen come and the zombies come?

Then you’re going to put the armor on, you’re going to learn how to use it or learn whether or not you can actually carry it and function with the armor on.

If you bought a plate carrier and plates, the time to get out to the range and use it is now.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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