Time to tend to your G3: guns, gold and groceries.
The perfect storm of the Offal Office taking the next step in genocidal psychosis and forcing the ingress nation-wide of literally thousands of ISIS militants and sleepers to polish the PC turd, things have no chance of not getting sporty. I also recommend the short novella by William Forstchen call Day of Wrath to get a fictional snapshot of what Sauron in Mordor on the Potomac has in store for the mundanes with their Frankenstein creation of weaponized Salafist Jihad.
Your echelons of engagement are measured from face-to-face distance to thousands of meters; you need to start making assessments of your skill sets matched to the tools you can afford to bring to the coming festivities. Your acuity with hundred-year-old Lee Enfield is far more valuable than having the latest fancy tactical kit. -BB
“This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty – the cause of humanity.”
– William Jennings Bryan
Body armor is an ancient component of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the warrior that has been around for thousands of years. We’re fortunate in the modern era to find that we have a wide variety available to non-government Helots until the state decides the mundane should have no passive personal protection.
I’ve elected to discuss only overt armor that is not concealed. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the “Michael Collins wear” possibilities for available armor that is more discrete. The irony of armor is that it causes great fright to the masses of mundanes yet it is characterized by the singular feature of being passive protection incapable of harming anyone. Like the curious status of firearms suppressors in America (as opposed to its unregulated use in New Zealand) and the mania of cosmetically offensive firearms, the symbols make the rulers fill their pants. Much of this is informed by the institutional cowardice and opportunism of police departments.
I’ve discussed the philosophical implications of body armor here.
There are multiple levels of protection for ballistic prophylactics which is distinctly different from cut protection. I would urge everyone to consider not only armor for yourself but your entire family and advanced practitioners should consider getting a variety of sets for different mission profiles.
All equipment selection looks at mission profiles to determine what you need. I have deployed to the Middle East on a number of occasions including last year and the deployment kit for combat theaters is not much different from your assumptions here in the USSA. Ten years ago, I would have to come to a different conclusion but I consider the homeland to be a potential theater of war with the same problem sets one has encountered in the Middle East in the last generation.
This means that the use of military weapons and the .30 caliber protections against employed weapons by potential foreign interlopers and the potential for US government deployment against taxpayers and mundanes is not only likely but probable. The main threat comes from American police departments and a lesser threat in domestic deployment of US military against the residents of selected individuals and states targeted by the Federal government.