Level III+ 10x12 (set) Multi Curve (In Stock)
AR550 is 10% stronger/harder than AR500 Steel, based on the Brinell Hardness ratings. All of our armor is tested to stop the threats listed above. NIJ Rating of level III is only rated to stop a .308; however, our armor will stop additional threats like the green-tipped AR15 rounds.
"Full coating build-up" Since day 1, back in 2012, we've always sold our plates with a 1/4" build-up of polyurea coating. Anything less results in shrapnel that could be deadly. We only sell the best.
When the SHTF, this is the armor you want to be wearing. Durable, and capable of stopping all common North American rifle, shotgun, and pistol rounds. Plus, we've tested our armor with penetrator 5.56 ammunition, and it barely dented it!
This armor is BETTER than AR500 steel. Why? It's 10% stronger and in side-by-side testing, it outperformed AR500 steel when the rifle was fired within 15 feet or closer. Why not use AR600 (or higher)? When the steel gets too hard, it becomes brittle. Our testing has confirmed that AR550 is the hardest steel that can still be formed (bent) and retain incredible hardness.
Oregon Ballistic Laboratories, an NIJ-approved independent test facility, tests our plates. Here are the results: Test Results
These 10x12" plates are formed from 1/4" Abrasion Resistant Brinell Hardness 550 steel (AR550), the same variety used by the military in armored vehicles. We laser cut each piece and bend it in a 50 ton press that conforms to the human torso. After preparing the metal, we add a special 1/4" polymer coating that serves to trap bullet fragments (Full thickness/buildup).
The standard 10x12 size fits most plate carriers. We, of course, recommend purchasing a plate carrier from us; but, if you already own a carrier, these plates will likely fit.
Each steel plate weighs 7.5 lb and the anti-shrapnel (sometimes called spall) coating adds an additional 1.5 lb. These are a little heavier than ceramic or ESAPI plates, but MUCH more durable. These plates are STANDALONE (no backer required).