mechie's i saw some news footage awhile ago and the troops were running across an airport runway being sniped at. where are they at with developing and issuing shields now? anybody have first hand experience. is the thinking keep the heavy pack on so you don't get shot in the back? if so i say ditch the pack and go ask for a back shield. i have seen some shields in sci fi movies and series. ( my girlfriend watches them ) Have A Nice Day!