If you want to be able to get shot in the chest or back a few times and be able to walk away (with a few broken ribs and some bruising), then read no more. Just go to AR500 Armor and get some plates. These bad boys will stop multiple shots from most rounds you’d encounter. The plates are rated on a level system based on what rounds they can keep from penetrating. Pictured are my Level III plates, but eventually I’ll upgrade and get some Level IV plates that can stop ARMOR PIERCING 30.06 rounds (vid).
WHAT: AR500 Level III Advanced Shooter’s Cut steel body armor plates.
WHEN: When you want to flex on some rounds. Or on range day…….in your plate carrier.
WHERE: In plate carrier, over vital organs. Do the math.
HOW: The steel of the Level III plates will block most rounds and the mystical PAXCON Line-X coating will (or is supposed to) capture fragments that would otherwise reflect up into your face (ouch) or down into your legs (Lt. Dan).
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: These plates require no maintenance. If they get dirty – whatever. Run them over with your truck, drop them off a building. It’s a steel plate. It’ll outlast ceramic, Dyneema, UHMWPE, and uncoated steel plates. These joints are multi-hit capable and designed to defeat rifle threats up to 7.62×51 M80 NATO (.308 Winchester) at velocities up to 2,780 fps and all pistol calibers (according to every vid on YouTube and the AR500 website). If you get shot in the head or the dick, these are worthless.