Middle Eastern Wars
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Last thread hit its cap, so making a new one.
>ISIS is conducting a purge in Ramadi, Shia militias are preparing for an attempt to re-take the city, western media outlets and analysts enter day 4 of meltdown over IA's uselessness
>Palmyra has fallen to ISIS, SAA aircraft have been bombing since, ruins will probably be kill in the imminent future
>UN announces Yemen peace talks in Geneva, Iran offers to allow ship inspections, fighting continues on as expected
>Libya Dawn / ISIS are currently fighting in Sirte
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Questions of the Thread:
>will the US drop pretenses of not assisting Shia militias now that the IA has left the road to Baghdad open?
>how will Assad get around the loss of energy sources in Palmyra and how many hours will it be before the ruins are kill?
>how long will the UN talks last before they conclude/collapse and is there any non-zero hope for a meaningful resolution to them?
>how good are Libya Dawn's odds against ISIS anyways?
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Last year I made the decision to trust my life on the street to Second Chance body armor. I got the level IIa because it stops the most rounds. plus I got the Trauma Plate for the front.
What scares me is that, although I can fit an extra trauma plate in the front, I cannot fit a second one in back. As of late I have taken to duct-taping a second trauma plate to the area of my back where the heart and vital organs are located. Then I put my vest on.
Here is the questions. The ducttape solution, although tactically sound, is hot and painful to remove. I would like to go to the single-plate solution in back. What I am worried about is repeated hits to that area with .308 ammunition. I have a high-risk security job and I fear that I would be the target for repeated long-distance shots to my back.
Are any of you aware of a thicker plate that could stop, say, .338 Lapua or something like that? Is there a better way to do the second plate?
BTW, I am, of course, usually carrying a pair of ceramic plates in my briefcase so that I can shield my head. My SO (we work as a team when necessary) has a similar accessory containing a breakdown NEF single-shot 300 WinMag with an 18" bbl. The plan is that I shield us with my body and “catch the rounds” while she assembles the NEF. I lay down covering fire with my 23 (Bar-Sto .357 Sig barrel) and she makes the long shots. I will then throw smoke grenades to obscure the area while continuing to lay covering fire. The problem, of course, is when I have to turn my back to run, and then the problem crops up.
At What Cost?
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Supposing you have your SHTF/Innawoods scenario. What is your line you will not cross? Would you refuse to help someone in need when you could? You'd probably justify it as you might need that supply yourself, they might be faking to lure out marks, what have you.
Would you rob? kill?
How many of you, even knowing that SHTF, would still strive to be the person Mr. Rogers knows you could be, even if you know the cost that might bring?