AR500 Armor Lightweight Level III+ Body Armor plates are currently the lightest Level III steel core body armor on the market. They provide stand-alone and multi-hit protection from the most common rifle threats (5.56×45 M193 and 5.56×45 M855 SS109 at a velocity up to 3,000 feet per second, and 7.62×39, 7.62×51 M80 Ball (.308 Winchester) at velocities up to 2,850 feet per second, but not Armor Piercing (AP) rounds, and all lesser rifle, pistol, and shotgun threats. The 10″ x 12″ Advanced Lightweight Shooters Cut (ALSC) armor plate is 30% stronger, thinner, and lighter than the standard Level III+ ballistic core. It fits almost all industry standard plate carriers. The 10″ x 12″ size is the most commonly bought and used rifle plate because it covers the vitals (heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels) of most people and allows enough mobility to not become cumbersome. The ALSC design is tapered to a greater degree at the top and bottom to further reduce bulk and improve ergonomics. Customers have the option of buying a standard flat plate or upgrading to a more naturally fitting curved plate that hugs the body for a reduced profile. This plate is designed to be used as a front or back plate and is 100% constructed in the USA.
AR500 Armor uses a ballistic grade steel core that’s maintenance free and only .21″ thick. Standard plates come pretreated with a PAXCON (Line-X) coating which increases the plate’s ability to protect against ammunition spall and fragmentation. The treated steel core is stress fracture resistant, giving it an extreme advantage over ceramic, Dyneema, UHMWPE, and other armor that can fail if dropped or exposed to impacts. The protective coating also provides a fully sealed design that’s impervious to liquids, chemicals, and harsh elements. Customers also have the option of upgrading to a PAXON (Line-X Build Up) coating. The Build Up coating further reduces spall and fragmentation by absorbing more of the bullet material into the outer shell of the plate, instead of deflecting it. A standard plate weighs only 5.5 lbs. The Build Up coating adds another 3/4 lb and up to a total thickness of .5″. Please note that because of demand, choosing a Build Up coating can add up to several more weeks of expected delivery time for your order.
Before your final purchase, you’ll also want to decide if you’d like to add a trauma pad for your plate. Trauma pads are constructed of a non-Newtonian material and are designed for the sole purpose of reducing the amount of blunt force energy felt by the armor user. They offer no additional ballistic protection and add about 5.9 oz and .25″ in thickness to your plate carrier.