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flak vest
« on: Feb 14, 2017, 10:05 AM »
I'm having someone make my vest.this is what it looks like so far.

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Re: flak vest
« Reply #1 on: Feb 18, 2017, 07:44 AM »
what is the best way to attach armor to the vest? I've heard of bolts and grommets,magnets and velcro,but want to know what works the best I just don't want to ruin a vest I'm when trying to attach armor plates.

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Re: flak vest
« Reply #2 on: Feb 18, 2017, 08:54 AM »
All of the above work best.  That is, each person swears by the method they prefer, and every method has its merits and faults.  I personally prefer bolts or rivets because of how strongly they hold (the grommets are to prevent the vest fabric from fraying where the bolts go through) but someone else will tell you they prefer velcro or magnets  because they can adjust how the plates line up (or something like that).

It all comes down to what you think is both within your skills and what you think holds your armor best.  Whichever method you end up choosing to go with, velcro can and probably should be part of it, that is, putting velcro in the middle of your plates and in the middle of where the plates go on your vest (so that you can move the plates a fair bit without seeing the velcro) will allow you to move the plates around on your vest until they're placed and lined up properly.  Part of the 'measure twice, cut once" principle.  Then carefully mark the plate position (with chalk so it comes out easily) and then secure the plates nearer the edges (whether with bolts, velcro, magnets, rivets, etc.)

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Re: flak vest
« Reply #3 on: Feb 18, 2017, 11:35 AM »
I swear by snaps. They're really secure and mean that once your plate spacing is correct you'll never have to adjust them again and they don't wear out over time. The problem with snaps used to be that you had to get your spacing absolutely correct first time and securing them to the plates with glue or epoxy putty could be a bit hit and miss - but if you take a look at my WIP you'll see I've come up with a method of screwing the snaps to your plates that allows you to adjust spacing and fit of your plates and guarantees the snaps stay attached to the plates securely too.

Re: flak vest
« Reply #4 on: Feb 19, 2017, 10:23 PM »
Got my vest today but it's loose and neck seal looks too big.




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Re: flak vest
« Reply #5 on: Feb 20, 2017, 12:50 PM »
Yep - definitely looks like you need some tailoring there.

Remembered to dig out my piece on making snaps adjustable - attach the 'male' snap to your plates with small screws - adjusting plates is then possible until you've passed the CRLs and become OM.  Then, just a dip of superglue on the snaps to secure into place permanently...

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Re: flak vest
« Reply #6 on: Feb 20, 2017, 04:42 PM »
Yep - definitely looks like you need some tailoring there.

Remembered to dig out my piece on making snaps adjustable - attach the 'male' snap to your plates with small screws - adjusting plates is then possible until you've passed the CRLs and become OM.  Then, just a dip of superglue on the snaps to secure into place permanently...

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where should i have it taken in,besides the the gut or lower back.i need to find someone that could do it for me.

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Re: flak vest
« Reply #7 on: Feb 21, 2017, 04:25 AM »
I reckon if you darted up from the waist at the sides, that would correct most of the fit.

That would bring it in around your waist, pull in the lower back as the fit around your arms and shoulders looks okay.

Re: flak vest
« Reply #8 on: Feb 21, 2017, 06:25 AM »
Ok I was thinking darting,I would do it,but my vest is two layers of duck cloth and is filled with quilt fill.

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Re: flak vest
« Reply #9 on: Feb 27, 2017, 03:18 PM »
how should the vest fit, snug but not tight right? and should be just above girth belt

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Re: flak vest
« Reply #10 on: Mar 02, 2017, 08:40 PM »
It should be snug, as tight as possible without restricting your ability to breathe. 

Length wise, it shouldn't hang below any of your waist items, but I've seen various lengths of vests. 

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Re: flak vest
« Reply #11 on: Mar 09, 2017, 06:26 PM »
Had it taken in




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Re: flak vest
« Reply #12 on: Mar 10, 2017, 03:20 AM »
Looks much better - nice one! Was worried for you having already spent on the vest.  Time to cut out those paper templates now!

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Re: flak vest
« Reply #13 on: Mar 12, 2017, 06:13 PM »
Looks much better - nice one! Was worried for you having already spent on the vest.  Time to cut out those paper templates now!

I agree! Much better now! Soft parts are coming along nicely :)

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« Reply #14 on: Mar 16, 2017, 04:08 PM »
I agree! Much better now! Soft parts are coming along nicely :)

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Re: flak vest
Mar 14, 2017, 10:26 AM
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I taped the plates on to see where they need to be,my belly button is where my finger is.I was wondering too on how to attach the back plate.




From the looks of it I need to shape them more to fit better.

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