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LEVEL IIIA BODY ARMOR

AR500 Armor® Level IIIA body armor is Stand-Alone and Multi-Hit capable. Designed to defeat pistol caliber threats up to .44 magnum, and .357 SIG at 1,430FPS or lower, including all lesser pistol calibers.

LEVEL III BODY ARMOR

Tested to NIJ .06 standards with six (6) rounds of 7.62x51 M80 Ball (.308) at 2,780 feet per second from a distance of only 51ft! Level III body armor offers the most protection for your buck, and covers the most common threats one could encounter including nearly all Military & NATO calibers up to the threat level above. Our Level III body armor provides industry leading protection against "penetrator" rounds such as the 5.56 M855/SS109 - which, put simply, can blow through UHMWPE type and similar Level III body armor options. All while being designed to handle extreme abuse in day to day use, training, and less than ideal storage conditions. AR500 Armor® body armor will outlast alternative armor solutions such as Ceramic, Dyneema, UHMWPE, and raw/uncoated steel trauma plates.

LEVEL III+ BODY ARMOR

Our Level III+ body armor features an improved ultra-hard ballistic steel core further enhancing performance over our level III line, with nearly a 30% increase in core strength. Capable of defeating higher level rifle threats, Level III+ armor offers enhanced ballistic protection against 5.56x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109, and 7.62x51 M80 Ball non-AP at 3,100 fps and Black Tip AP (.308) at 2,800fps! Our new Generation II design on all of our level III+ body armor improves ergonomics and comfort. Every curve and cut was designed to improve comfort, maximize protection of your vitals, and minimize weight.

LEVEL III+ LIGHTWEIGHT BODY ARMOR

AR500 Armor® Lightweight Level III+ Body Armor is the pinnacle of evolution in steel body armor; the result of breaking down barriers through innovation and dedication while striving to provide the ultimate ballistic steel core body armor. Currently the lightest level III steel core body armor on the market, we manage to retain the rugged and reliable performance our body armor is known for! AR500 Armor® body armor is both Stand-Alone and Multi-Hit capable and designed to defeat the most common rifle threats in existence (5.56x45 M193 and 5.56x45 M855 SS109 at a velocity of up to 3,000 feet per second (fps), and 7.62x39, 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (.308 Winchester) at velocities up to 2,850 fps. It is not rated for AP rounds. Genetically similar to our standard level III+ ballistic core, we’ve taken our re-engineered formula which yields a 30% increase in strength, and made it thinner and lighter. The result is an evolved form of steel body armor; currently the lightest weight and highest rated ballistic steel core body armor available. V50: 7.62X51 M80 BALL. STEEL 3,093 FEET PER SECOND V50: 5.56X45 M193, 3,347 FEET PER SECOND

LEVEL IV BODY ARMOR

AR500 Armor® Level IV Body Armor is specifically designed to stop a single 30-06 APM2 (7.62x63mm 165gr) Armor Piercing Black Tip Round, and all lesser level III and III+ threats. Utilizing ceramic and composite construction, our Level IV body armor is stand alone does not require any additional backing or soft armor insert to meet its threat level. Level IV Body Armor is the highest threat level personnel body armor can be rated.
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AR500 Trauma Pad - 10" x 12" AR500 Trauma Pad - 10" x 12"

Trauma pads are designed to be worn in conjunction with and behind your body armor to reduce the amount of energy transfer to your body, reducing felt energy through your armor and mitigating backface deformation. Trauma pads offer no increase in ballistic protection.

When a bullet strikes body armor, the energy from the impact is transferred to the armor. What happens to the armor depends on the type and material. Soft armor flexes and “catches” the bullet, whereas hard armor can either shatter the bullet (steel alloy), dissipate the force by breaking apart (ceramic), or capture the bullet by melting around it (polyethylene).

All AR500 Armor® in standalone configurations perform very well in tests against back face deformation (BFD) and energy transfer and are designed with BFD in mind.

Helps dissipate energy transfer

Each trauma pad is specially engineered to mitigate blunt force trauma in case your armor takes a round and reduces the amount of back face deformation that could occur, which can mitigate the risk of injury after impact.

Designed to be worn in conjunction with and behind your body armor, our Trauma Pads reduce the amount of energy transferred to your body, reducing felt energy through your armor.

Compatible with AR500 Armor® body armor and most other armor systems and plate carriers.

Trauma pads are non-ballistic and offer no increase in ballistic protection.

MSRP $39.00
Everyday Low Price $39.00
10 in stock!
AR500 Trauma Pad - 11" x 14" AR500 Trauma Pad - 11" x 14"

Trauma pads are designed to be worn in conjunction with and behind your body armor to reduce the amount of energy transfer to your body, reducing felt energy through your armor and mitigating backface deformation. Trauma pads offer no increase in ballistic protection.

When a bullet strikes body armor, the energy from the impact is transferred to the armor. What happens to the armor depends on the type and material. Soft armor flexes and “catches” the bullet, whereas hard armor can either shatter the bullet (steel alloy), dissipate the force by breaking apart (ceramic), or capture the bullet by melting around it (polyethylene).

All AR500 Armor® in standalone configurations perform very well in tests against back face deformation (BFD) and energy transfer and are designed with BFD in mind.

Helps dissipate energy transfer

Each trauma pad is specially engineered to mitigate blunt force trauma in case your armor takes a round and reduces the amount of back face deformation that could occur, which can mitigate the risk of injury after impact.

Designed to be worn in conjunction with and behind your body armor, our Trauma Pads reduce the amount of energy transferred to your body, reducing felt energy through your armor.

Compatible with AR500 Armor® body armor and most other armor systems and plate carriers.

Trauma pads are non-ballistic and offer no increase in ballistic protection.

MSRP $50.00
Everyday Low Price $50.00
10 in stock!
AR500 Concealment Plate Carrier - Large Black AR500 Concealment Plate Carrier - Large Black

AR Concealment Carrier by AR500 Armor®

Handguns are far more likely to be used in violent crime than rifles. If you’re looking for a discreet soft armor solution comfortable enough to wear all day, the AR Concealment carrier might be just the thing for you.

Discreet, Effective Protection

Many soft armor vests are bulky and have large side panels that wrap around the body. While they offer extended protection to the wearer’s sides, they do so at the expense of mobility, comfort, and heat retention.

We did away with the traditional Cordura nylon used for vest covers and instead utilize a moisture-wicking, breathable fabric that has a 4-way stretch capability to move with you, not against you.

This material improves comfort next to the skin or undergarment, helps it mold to your body, and reduces the profile to make the AR Concealment carrier ultra-concealable.

Highlights

  • Minimalistic: Carrier pockets have a slight overlap at the bottom ⅓ section, eliminating the normal hook-and-loop or strap closures
  • Low profile: Hypalon® shoulder straps and low-profile Velcro on shoulder straps and cummerbund to reduce printing
  • Two sizes: 10"x12" or 11"x14" provide the balance of protection and mobility you decide
  • Two colors: Black or white carrier colors provide options based on wardrobe
  • Ultra-light:

MSRP $109.00
Everyday Low Price $109.00
10 in stock!
AR500 Concealment Plate Carrier - Medium Black AR500 Concealment Plate Carrier - Medium Black

AR Concealment Carrier by AR500 Armor®

Handguns are far more likely to be used in violent crime than rifles. If you’re looking for a discreet soft armor solution comfortable enough to wear all day, the AR Concealment carrier might be just the thing for you.

Discreet, Effective Protection

Many soft armor vests are bulky and have large side panels that wrap around the body. While they offer extended protection to the wearer’s sides, they do so at the expense of mobility, comfort, and heat retention.

We did away with the traditional Cordura nylon used for vest covers and instead utilize a moisture-wicking, breathable fabric that has a 4-way stretch capability to move with you, not against you.

This material improves comfort next to the skin or undergarment, helps it mold to your body, and reduces the profile to make the AR Concealment carrier ultra-concealable.

Highlights

  • Minimalistic: Carrier pockets have a slight overlap at the bottom ⅓ section, eliminating the normal hook-and-loop or strap closures
  • Low profile: Hypalon® shoulder straps and low-profile Velcro on shoulder straps and cummerbund to reduce printing
  • Two sizes: 10"x12" or 11"x14" provide the balance of protection and mobility you decide
  • Two colors: Black or white carrier colors provide options based on wardrobe
  • Ultra-light:

MSRP $109.00
Everyday Low Price $109.00
1 in stock!
AR500 Concealment Plate Carrier - Large White AR500 Concealment Plate Carrier - Large White

AR Concealment Carrier by AR500 Armor®

Handguns are far more likely to be used in violent crime than rifles. If you’re looking for a discreet soft armor solution comfortable enough to wear all day, the AR Concealment carrier might be just the thing for you.

Discreet, Effective Protection

Many soft armor vests are bulky and have large side panels that wrap around the body. While they offer extended protection to the wearer’s sides, they do so at the expense of mobility, comfort, and heat retention.

We did away with the traditional Cordura nylon used for vest covers and instead utilize a moisture-wicking, breathable fabric that has a 4-way stretch capability to move with you, not against you.

This material improves comfort next to the skin or undergarment, helps it mold to your body, and reduces the profile to make the AR Concealment carrier ultra-concealable.

Highlights

  • Minimalistic: Carrier pockets have a slight overlap at the bottom ⅓ section, eliminating the normal hook-and-loop or strap closures
  • Low profile: Hypalon® shoulder straps and low-profile Velcro on shoulder straps and cummerbund to reduce printing
  • Two sizes: 10"x12" or 11"x14" provide the balance of protection and mobility you decide
  • Two colors: Black or white carrier colors provide options based on wardrobe
  • Ultra-light:

MSRP $109.00
Everyday Low Price $109.00
10 in stock!
AR500 Concealment Plate Carrier - Medium White AR500 Concealment Plate Carrier - Medium White

AR Concealment Carrier by AR500 Armor®

Handguns are far more likely to be used in violent crime than rifles. If you’re looking for a discreet soft armor solution comfortable enough to wear all day, the AR Concealment carrier might be just the thing for you.

Discreet, Effective Protection

Many soft armor vests are bulky and have large side panels that wrap around the body. While they offer extended protection to the wearer’s sides, they do so at the expense of mobility, comfort, and heat retention.

We did away with the traditional Cordura nylon used for vest covers and instead utilize a moisture-wicking, breathable fabric that has a 4-way stretch capability to move with you, not against you.

This material improves comfort next to the skin or undergarment, helps it mold to your body, and reduces the profile to make the AR Concealment carrier ultra-concealable.

Highlights

  • Minimalistic: Carrier pockets have a slight overlap at the bottom ⅓ section, eliminating the normal hook-and-loop or strap closures
  • Low profile: Hypalon® shoulder straps and low-profile Velcro on shoulder straps and cummerbund to reduce printing
  • Two sizes: 10"x12" or 11"x14" provide the balance of protection and mobility you decide
  • Two colors: Black or white carrier colors provide options based on wardrobe
  • Ultra-light:

MSRP $109.00
Everyday Low Price $109.00
10 in stock!
AR500 A1 III+ Steel Alloy Body Armor 10"x12" AR500 A1 III+ Steel Alloy Body Armor 10"x12"

AR500 curved A1 body armor is a rugged, steel alloy blend plate that provides level 3+ protection capable of defeating 5.56x45 M855A1 (AP) round at velocities of up to 3,100 FPS, 7.62x51 M61 (AP) round at velocities up to 2800 FPS, and all lesser threats with multi-hit capability. It features a durable FragLock™ coating, which gives both fragmentation protection and seals the plate to ensure its 20-year shelf life.

The A1 body armor is able to stop Level III+ threats such as 7.62x39/7.62x51/5.56 M193s, 5.56 M855 penetrators, and .223/.308 WIN rounds. And unlike ceramic or polyethylene, this custom steel alloy blend is able to take several hits from these rounds without fail. This multi-hit special threat resistance is the distinguishing quality of the A1 plate.

The plate is curved, shooters cut and features our FragLock™ Coat, which we apply for two reasons:

- It helps reduce the dangers of spalling (when broken pieces of steel come off the plate) and fragmentation (when a bullet’s remains bounce off the plate), protecting you from the aftermath of a bullet’s impact once it has been stopped.

- The coat gives our plates a maintenance-free shelf life of twenty years, which makes this steel plate last much longer than polyethylene or ceramic alternatives. The Base Coat, which all our plates come with by default, is lighter and thinner with less protection, while the Build-Up Coat can be added for greater protection but also slightly more weight.

MSRP $129.00
Everyday Low Price $129.00
10 in stock!
AR500 A2 III+ Steel Alloy Body Armor 10"x12" AR500 A2 III+ Steel Alloy Body Armor 10"x12"

The A2 body armor is thin, low-profile, and low-weight, giving you maximum mobility without compromising stopping power. This curved armor is especially mobile at just 5.5 pounds and a thickness of .26”. Made with a custom steel alloy blend, this level 3 plus protection defeats all pistols and most rifles, including 5.56 M193 and M855 at speeds of up to 3,000 FPS. Guarantee yourself flexibility on the mission with next-level protection.

Whether you’re looking for something comfortable for long hours on duty, or something able to keep up with fast-paced action on the field, the A2 body armor has you covered.

Tested to go above and beyond NIJ Level 3 standards, the curved, shooters cut A2 plate is Level III+ rated to defeat all pistols and most rifle ammunition, including 5.56x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109 at 3,000 FPS as well as AK-47 rounds (7.62x39) and .308 (7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball) at 2,850 FPS. Also, thanks to the custom steel alloy blend, it is able to protect against several hits without shattering or breaking like ceramic or polyethylene would. It also provides the same protection on the edges as it does in the center, giving you true edge-to-edge coverage.

The FragLock™ Coating, available in both Base Coat and Build-Up Coat versions, is a feature of AR500 Armor of the Armored Republic plates that protects both the user and the plate itself. It protects the user by helping either capture or deflect fragmentation (a bullet’s fragments after impact) and spalling (the armor’s fragments after impact). The Build-Up Coat is a thicker seal which does this better than the Base Coat, although both do it to a degree. The FragLock™ also protects the plate by sealing it from the elements, which could otherwise corrode the plate. With either version of the FragLock™ Coating, this plate has a shelf life of twenty years and requires no maintenance.

MSRP $139.00
Everyday Low Price $139.00
4 in stock!
AR500 S2 IIIA Soft Body Armor 10"x12" AR500 S2 IIIA Soft Body Armor 10"x12"

The best armor option for concealed protection, and an excellent choice for a lightweight overt loadout: Our S2 provides level IIIA protection and is built to be convenient and capable of stopping multiple hits from all handgun threats up to 1440 FPS. It is made of two alternating aramid types, layered in a special arrangement that allows the panel to work multi-directionally.

The S2 soft panel armor is made of Aramid and built for a balance between affordability and top-level capability. It is lightweight (at just 1.25 lbs) and has strong stopping power (defeating all handgun threats).

Tested to NIJ 0101.06 standards, the S2 is capable of stopping all IIIA threats: 125-grain .357 SIG FMJ flat-nose bullets with speeds up to 1470 feet per second and 240-grain .44 Magnum Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets with speeds up to 1430 ft/s.

Additionally, because of its symmetrical design, the Slim Panel provides the same protection from both sides; this means it can be placed in a backpack or handbag and provide protection when either worn behind you or held in front of you as a shield (note: slim armor panels will still have a "strike face" label, though it will be equally effective from either side).

The panel is designed, cut, sewn, and assembled in-house in Phoenix, Arizona, and has a 5-year shelf life.

MSRP $149.00
Everyday Low Price $149.00
4 in stock!
AR500 A1 III+ Steel Alloy Body Armor 11"x14" AR500 A1 III+ Steel Alloy Body Armor 11"x14"

AR500 curved A1 body armor is a rugged, steel alloy blend plate that provides level 3+ protection capable of defeating 5.56x45 M855A1 (AP) round at velocities of up to 3,100 FPS, 7.62x51 M61 (AP) round at velocities up to 2800 FPS, and all lesser threats with multi-hit capability. It features a durable FragLock™ coating, which gives both fragmentation protection and seals the plate to ensure its 20-year shelf life.

The A1 body armor is able to stop Level III+ threats such as 7.62x39/7.62x51/5.56 M193s, 5.56 M855 penetrators, and .223/.308 WIN rounds. And unlike ceramic or polyethylene, this custom steel alloy blend is able to take several hits from these rounds without fail. This multi-hit special threat resistance is the distinguishing quality of the A1 plate.

The plate is curved, shooters cut and features our FragLock™ Coat, which we apply for two reasons:

- It helps reduce the dangers of spalling (when broken pieces of steel come off the plate) and fragmentation (when a bullet’s remains bounce off the plate), protecting you from the aftermath of a bullet’s impact once it has been stopped.

- The coat gives our plates a maintenance-free shelf life of twenty years, which makes this steel plate last much longer than polyethylene or ceramic alternatives. The Base Coat, which all our plates come with by default, is lighter and thinner with less protection, while the Build-Up Coat can be added for greater protection but also slightly more weight.

MSRP $157.00
Everyday Low Price $157.00
10 in stock!
AR500 A2 III+ Steel Alloy Body Armor 11"x14" AR500 A2 III+ Steel Alloy Body Armor 11"x14"

The A2 body armor is thin, low-profile, and low-weight, giving you maximum mobility without compromising stopping power. This curved armor is especially mobile at just 5.5 pounds and a thickness of .26”. Made with a custom steel alloy blend, this level 3 plus protection defeats all pistols and most rifles, including 5.56 M193 and M855 at speeds of up to 3,000 FPS. Guarantee yourself flexibility on the mission with next-level protection.

Whether you’re looking for something comfortable for long hours on duty, or something able to keep up with fast-paced action on the field, the A2 body armor has you covered.

Tested to go above and beyond NIJ Level 3 standards, the curved, shooters cut A2 plate is Level III+ rated to defeat all pistols and most rifle ammunition, including 5.56x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109 at 3,000 FPS as well as AK-47 rounds (7.62x39) and .308 (7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball) at 2,850 FPS. Also, thanks to the custom steel alloy blend, it is able to protect against several hits without shattering or breaking like ceramic or polyethylene would. It also provides the same protection on the edges as it does in the center, giving you true edge-to-edge coverage.

The FragLock™ Coating, available in both Base Coat and Build-Up Coat versions, is a feature of AR500 Armor of the Armored Republic plates that protects both the user and the plate itself. It protects the user by helping either capture or deflect fragmentation (a bullet’s fragments after impact) and spalling (the armor’s fragments after impact). The Build-Up Coat is a thicker seal which does this better than the Base Coat, although both do it to a degree. The FragLock™ also protects the plate by sealing it from the elements, which could otherwise corrode the plate. With either version of the FragLock™ Coating, this plate has a shelf life of twenty years and requires no maintenance.

MSRP $167.00
Everyday Low Price $167.00
10 in stock!
AR500 S2 IIIA Soft Body Armor 11"x14" AR500 S2 IIIA Soft Body Armor 11"x14"

The best armor option for concealed protection, and an excellent choice for a lightweight overt loadout: Our S2 provides level IIIA protection and is built to be convenient and capable of stopping multiple hits from all handgun threats up to 1440 FPS. It is made of two alternating aramid types, layered in a special arrangement that allows the panel to work multi-directionally.

The S2 soft panel armor is made of Aramid and built for a balance between affordability and top-level capability. It is lightweight (at just 1.25 lbs) and has strong stopping power (defeating all handgun threats).

Tested to NIJ 0101.06 standards, the S2 is capable of stopping all IIIA threats: 125-grain .357 SIG FMJ flat-nose bullets with speeds up to 1470 feet per second and 240-grain .44 Magnum Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets with speeds up to 1430 ft/s.

Additionally, because of its symmetrical design, the Slim Panel provides the same protection from both sides; this means it can be placed in a backpack or handbag and provide protection when either worn behind you or held in front of you as a shield (note: slim armor panels will still have a "strike face" label, though it will be equally effective from either side).

The panel is designed, cut, sewn, and assembled in-house in Phoenix, Arizona, and has a 5-year shelf life.

MSRP $177.00
Everyday Low Price $177.00
10 in stock!