AR500 Armor Level III Body Armor plates provide stand-alone and multi-hit protection from rifle threats up to 7.62×51 M80 NATO Ball (.308 Winchester) at a velocity of up to 2,780 FPS, special threat tested to stop 5.56mm M855/SS109 (Green Tip) at a velocity of 2,780 FPS, and all lesser rifle, pistol, and shotgun threats. The 10″ x 12″ Advanced Shooters Cut (ASC) armor plate 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 ASC design is tapered at the top to permit the arms to move freely in handgun and rifle tactical response. Customers have the option of buying a standard flat plate or upgrading to a more ergonomic curved plate that hugs the body for a reduced profile. The curved design also has an asymmetrical cut on the right shoulder which allows for more room to position a rifle stock. The plate ships in a right handed configuration so please specify at the time of order if you require a left handed version. 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 .34″ thick. Standard plates come pretreated with base 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. A standard plate weighs only 8.5 lbs.
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.