HUGE GIVEAWAY! Win A Bulletproof Vest – Update

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Update 9/23/13 – We have a winner!!!

Congratulations to Dan who will be receiving his prize as soon as I can get this in the mail. Look for more contests and giveaways in the near future and thank you all for participating.


I am so excited to have our first giveaway at the Prepper Journal because this is something I have been wanting to do for a long time. We wanted our first contest to be a little more special than a $25 gift card (not that there is anything wrong with that) so I tried to think of items that the average prepper might have a little harder time pulling the trigger on purchasing. This gets into territory that is more than the cost of a bag of wheat, some extra batteries or the coolest new knife out there.

We were lucky enough to partner with EnGarde to offer something that every Prepper worth his salt either wants, has or wishes they could get their hands on and that is a bulletproof vest. Technically, the T.R.U.S.T plate carrier is more than a vest, it is a tactical garment that can also save your life. Complete with MOLLE webbing and 2 Level IIIA soft armor panels give you protection from small arms fire up to and including 9mm rounds. Now the lucky winner will have a gear solution to hang all of their go-to-war items on like ammo pouches while giving them the safety of level IIIA protection should things get to the point where you need some extra protection.

What do you win?

Combined, these are worth $350!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Contest Fine Print:

  • One winner will be selected at random and will receive the prizes listed above.
  • Winner will be notified by email and once contacted, they have 24 hours to claim their prize. If we do not receive a response from them within 48 hours, we will select a new winner.
  • Contest ends at 11:59 PM CST on 9/23/13.


EnGarde photography courtesy of Jeff Edmonds at Muzzle Flash Media

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      So glad you found us John!!

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      Thank you very much Bunny!

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  • Larry

    Hi, Pat. How does this vest compare with the one you demonstrated earlier as far as protection and price point comparison?
    Thanks, Larry

    • prepperjournal


      The vest and soft armor panels are both from the same company, EnGarde. What I demonstrated was the Level IV plate but that is not included in the contest. The contest is giving away the T.R.U.S.T plate carrier (what you wear) and the Level IIA soft armor panels. The level IIIa panels offer balistic protection up to 9mm rounds. What I tested was the next level up so these don’t offer the same protection as the level IV plates, but it is a good option for 9mm and below. You also have the molle webbing to hang additional gear off of.

      You can read more about the T.R.U.S.T plate carrier and soft panels on EnGarde’s site http://www.engardebodyarmor.com/tactical-body-armor.htm