Essential protection ought to be affordable and reliable, which is why AR500 Armor is proud to offer one of the most cost-effective plates on the market with our Steel Level III (see specifications below): An AR500 Steel plate, cut in our patented Advanced Shooters Cut shape and design, and covered with an exclusive FragLock™ Coat, in Base and Build-Up forms.
Our Level III Steel, unlike ceramic or polyethylene alternatives, is capable of protecting against several direct hits while still being less bulky than competing materials. It also has been independently tested in accordance with NIJ 0101.06 threat levels through Oregon Ballistics (OBL), and H.P. White Laboratories. This means it is rated to stop 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (.308 Winchester) at a velocity of up to 2,780 FPS, and special threat tested to stop 5.56mm M855/SS109 (Green Tip) at a velocity of 2,780 FPS.
A benefit not elsewhere found in the industry, the Advanced Shooters Cut shape affords you additional room for your rifle stock, improving comfort and shooting ergonomics; this is available in right and left-handed configurations. It is also compatible with all standard plate carriers that accept SAPI or traditional Shooters Cut body armor, given there is an appropriately sized chest plate pocket.
Finally, the FragLock™ Coat is a unique feature that guarantees two benefits: First, it gives a twenty-year maintenance-free shelf life - making this steel plate far outlast ceramic or polyethylene alternatives. Second, the coating mitigates the dangers of spalling (when pieces of steel fragment off) and fragmentation (when the bullet’s remains fragment off), protecting the wearer from both the direct ballistic impact and the aftermath of the impact. The Build-Up Coat features stronger protection with the tradeoff of greater weight and size, while the Base Coat is lighter and thinner with less protection.
- Material: AR500 Steel, with FragLock™ Coating
- Protection: 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (.308 Winchester) at a velocity of up to 2,780 FPS and 5.56mm M855/SS109 (Green Tip) at a velocity of 2,780 FPS
- Capability: Edge-to-edge multi-hit protection
Size & Weight:
- Base Coat (.26” profile): 8.7 lbs
- Shelf life: 20 years
- Manufactured: United States