By DiAnn Mills
Ever wonder how much extra weight a Glock adds to an FBI agent? I’m kind of a lightweight, so that thought has cross my mind. I pictured myself as a special agent running after a bad guy. Imagine the drag of a weapon? What was the weight difference between a loaded and unloaded Glock. What about a Kevlar vest? Whoa, I’d need to be in shape to manage my equipment while doing the best job possible.
I posed those questions to an FBI special agent. After all, my stories need credibility. I was intrigued with what I learned, especially the accuracy, and I wanted to pass it on to you!
Glock Unloaded Loaded
Model 22 1.4325 lbs. 2.15125 lbs.
Model 23 1.3225 lbs. 1.94125 lbs.
Model 27 1.234375 lbs. 1.6875 lbs.
I quickly realized a baby Glock would be for me.
|Oh, yeah, I’m packing.|
On to my next question about the weight of a Kevlar vest, which I now see is called “body armor.” Wow … take a look at my findings. The weight of the body armor is based on “Areal Density of Pounds (lbs) per square foot.” Per the FBI, “Our current version of body armor has an areal density of 1.1 lbs/sq ft. The conversion of total weight would be based on each individual agent’s body measurements.” In my opinion the lighter the special agent, the lighter the equipment. Makes sense to me.
|This one will need to be trimmed a bit for me.|
Here’s another cool fact. For the short agent, the Kevlar vest or body armor might need to be altered. That also means some of the special little pockets could be eliminated. Bummer. So I guess I’d have to slip my baby Glock into my back waistband.
Think about a female agent’s handbag. Gotta be leather to hold the weight and look good too.
|Got my Baby Glock in the bottom, but I can pull it out fast!|
Now I’m ready to dive into my next FBI story. Got my gun, my body armor (shortened), and my purse.
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than fifty-five books published.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011.
DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, Faith, Hope & Love, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.