American Blast Systems has created the lightest Level IV plate in the industry! Constructed of a lightweight Carbide Ceramic Strike face that is sandwiched between highly compressed Polyethylene, this Stand Alone plate is only .85 inches thick and weighs only 4.5 lbs (based on the standard 10″ x 12″ single curve plate). This particular plate is a “Stand Alone” plate which means that it meets NIJ Level III standards when used alone as opposed to the ICW or “In Conjunction With” plates that achieve their rating protection level when used with Level IIIA soft armor. This plate is rated to stop 30-06 caliber armor piercing rounds and all lesser threats. Level IV protection is the highest designation of protection rated by the NIJ in the small arms category.
Each Level IV Stand Alone plate is manufactured in the USA and is finished in a black Cordura protective covering. Customers have the option to choose between a Single Curve or Double Curve profile and between a SAPI or Shooter Cut design. The Double Curve or “Multi-curve” profile is curved both horizontally and vertically. Depending on the user’s chest shape, they may find one option is more ergonomic and comfortable. The SAPI cut design is the military standard “Small Arms Protective Insert” cut which has the top corners cut away for increased mobility. The Shooter Cut design has an even more aggressive angled cut on the top corners and slight corner cuts on the bottom which offers less torso coverage, but increases flexibility range for the user to do activities like shoulder a long gun. The Shooter Cut also slightly reduces the overall weight of the plate.
The Level IV “Stand Alone” plate is available in 8″ x 10″, 10″ x 12″, and 11″ x 14″ sizes. This plate comes with a 5 year warranty.