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AR500 Armor® Level IV Composite Body Armor - 10"x12"


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Estimated Lead Time: 1 Week


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AR500 Armor® Level IV Body Armor SAPI CUT - Curved 10"x12" (Composite & Ceramic)

Level IV Body Armor is specifically designed to stop a single 30-06 APM2 (7.62x63mm 165gr) Armor Piercing Black Tip Round

Construction:  Composite, Ceramic, and PAXCON
Weight: 7.5lb
Thickness: .75"

FAQ: The How & Why of AR500 Armor® Level IV Body Armor

After years of development and research we were aiming for a more robust and rugged option than what is currently being offered. That said, with any ceramic/composite armor system, multiple rounds in a small vicinity will degredate the strike face reducing performance on subsequent shots on that section of the plate, unlike our Steel Armor. The strike face plays a critical role in causing the bullet to deform, and tumble, allowing the composite backing to catch and stop the round.

Since we did venture away from steel on this offering, we wanted to chime in on the "Why". The reason for this was weight, cost, & performance. When attempting to defeat 30.06 M2AP rounds, the required thickness of steel adds enough weight and cost to the point of ceramic becoming a viable and very effective solution (with current technology). Simply put, a steel level IV solution in 10" x 12" would weigh nearly 13lb's per plate.

We feel we have one of the more rugged and durable level IV options available, for ceramic/composite construction. Designed to defeat a single round of 30.06 Black Tip M2AP, and any lesser rifle round per NIJ standards. We aim to over deliver on our armor, and with reasonable shot placement, have stopped multiple rounds of M2AP.

We want to make sure our views are clear as we foresee a few questions as why we ventured away from steel for our level IV armor solution. Our mission is simple. Put out the most reliable, high quality product we are capable of producing at a reasonable price. Anything less than that and we won't even consider putting it into production.

Simply put, if 30.06 M2AP is not a concern, our Level III solution provides above average protection within the realm of level III threats.

AR500 Armor® Body Armor is made in the USA!


LeadTime 1 Week
Armor Level Level IV
Armor Threat Rating Level IV single-shot protection against .30 caliber armor piercing (AP) bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8g (166gr) and a velocity of 2880 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s).
Armor Dimensions 10"x12"
Armor Construction Material Ceramic
Armor Shelf Life 5 Years
Weight 7.5000
Armor Thickness 0.75"


Customer Reviews

GTG and FAST delivery Review by THOMAS
I have ordered MANY products from this site over the last few years. I experienced long delays, wrong orders, etc etc previously but I have to give credit where it is due.....Clearly the company has cleaned up their operations. I ordered a level IV plate on 12/27/16 and expected it to be delivered about 4-6 weeks later. It was delivered in FOUR days (received 12/31/16). Great job guys. Proud of you for listening to your customers and making improvements. Well done. (Posted on 12/31/2016)
Review from O Nelson Review by O Nelson
Best for the price in my opinion . Very tough armor, shipping was pretty fast as well. Totally recomend (Posted on 7/26/2016)
Review from Don Review by Don
It took a while for my level IV plates to come in due to the high demand for them. They are well worth the wait. After putting them in my carrier, I put my original level III plates in another carrier for a backup set and the weight difference is amazing. Very glad I went for the upgrade. (Posted on 3/20/2016)
Review from Duncan Review by Duncan
Shipping was surprisingly fast. They were not in stock, yet they got in here in about 3 weeks. Lightweight and perfect size. I am 5'10" and fits my mid section and back perfect. I pray I never have to use them, but the peace of mind is there. Praise Yahuwah! (Posted on 10/30/2015)
Review from Dalton Agalzoff Review by Dalton Agalzoff
Shipping took me 6 weeks because of it being in high demand, looks good and clean. (Posted on 10/28/2015)
Review from matthew cook Review by matthew cook
These plates are as described on the web page. I couldn't be more satisfied with these plates. That being said, I hope I never have to use them or have them put to the test. However, I'm confident I have purchased the correct tool for the job should the need arise. I rated 4 stars due to the confusion I experienced when ordering, In Stock and 8 week production lead time. A product is either in stock or it isn't. The web page said "In Stock" and it took 2 weeks to ship. Product is 5 stars! (Posted on 9/24/2015)
Review from Pavel Review by Pavel
Started off with the level 3 base plates, then went to the built up coating. Now just upgraded to the level IV plates. This company is beyond amazing and their products are the same. Talk about affordable body armor. Will keep buying from them!! (Posted on 8/21/2015)
Review from J.B. Review by J.B.
Great product and a solid step up from my AR500 level 3 plates. Fit and finish of plates are as advertised and the product was protectively packaged to survive the gauntlet of modern shipping! (Posted on 6/28/2015)
Review from TERRY Review by TERRY
Review from Matthew Kamins Review by Matthew Kamins
I am very pleased with AR500. They were able to deliver quickly to meet a deployment schedule. The guys love the plate and the vest that went with it. (Posted on 4/24/2015)
Review from M.B. Review by M.B.
Awesome quality, super fast manufacturing and shipping and great customer support. Five stars for sure. Thank you so much, guys! (Posted on 4/23/2015)
Review from Ann Johnson Review by Ann Johnson
This was a gift for my husband. He is quite pleased and we will be ordering another one for him shortly. Well worth the wait. Quality product. (Posted on 4/23/2015)
Review from Kirk Havermahl Review by Kirk Havermahl
Thomas and the gang are excellent to deal with. Great products and service, highly recommended.

Kirk Havermahl
Tested Best Products, Inc. (Posted on 4/22/2015)
Review from Angus Review by Angus
Great products are worth waiting for. This plate fits my carrier perfectly. I am using this one on the front. Recommending to all my 'buds' who are serious about staying in the fight. Hopefully will never be needed. Ups one's confidence level. Well thought out and well designed. (Posted on 3/13/2015)
Review from Casey Review by Casey
Great Armor, took a little bit to receive due to back orders, but well worth the wait. Good job guys. Keep up the good work. (Posted on 3/3/2015)
Review from Mikial Review by Mikial
Very high quality armor. Nice shape. Well packaged. And although they told me it would be several weeks before it arrived, it came much faster than expected. What's not to love about all that? (Posted on 3/3/2015)
Review from charles Wright Review by charles Wright
Excellent product and service your company has been highly professional and responsive. (Posted on 1/16/2015)
Review from Brandon Review by Brandon
Order was placed and received without any issue. Packing around plates for shipping was excellent. Will continue to order from AR500. (Posted on 1/8/2015)
Review from Jeremy Review by Jeremy
I had been waiting for AR500 to come out with the next level of plate and I am not disappointed! They are at least a pound lighter each than my level III plates purchased here and fit my body very well. The Paxcon coating creates a very clean-looking and protective finish. It appears it would protect the ceramic from minor damage, also. Thanks again for another great product! (Posted on 12/24/2014)
Review from Steve Womack Review by Steve Womack
I received my plates within the week after I ordered them. Opened the box and was instantly happy. Great design, fits well to the body, and I absolutely love the paxon coating on the plates. Gives an extra level of protection from being damaged if dropped or banged around. I work in Law Enforcement and bought these plates for those crazy calls or active shooter scenarios. Couldnt be happier. Thanks AR500!
(Posted on 12/19/2014)
Review from Tim Review by Tim
Overall very satisfied with the Level IV plates and replaced my Level III's with them as soon as I got them. Easy to order and no issues with the shipping. (Posted on 11/21/2014)
Review from Ronald Flowers Review by Ronald Flowers
Love the new level V1 plate. Shipping was quick and as always had no problems with the order. Will be definitely be ordering again. (Posted on 11/10/2014)
Review from Eric Gonzales Review by Eric Gonzales
Fast shipping, packaged with great care. Quality looks to be top notch. Will definitely be ordering again from ar500armor! (Posted on 10/29/2014)

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