Armor Test Videos

All AR500 Armor Body Armor is manufactured from certified ballistic plate and treated to our specifications. We use a special grade ballistic steel core designed to our specifications, which is purpose built for ballistic applications. All of our body armor plates are manufactured in-house with rigorous quality control standards and are required to meet our ballistic resistance tests standards.

All of our body armor undergoes Certification Testing pre and post production, including Independent Lab Testing, and In-House ballistic resistance testing.

We put our armor to the test. Literally. AR500 Armor® Body Armor is designed to be rugged and reliable; built to outlast any other armor platform on the market. Our armor plates can withstand unprecedented conditions, are maintenance free, chemical resistant, and stress fracture resistant. What does this mean? It means we manufacture our Body Armor to outlast any other alternative currently available at the most affordable price point in the industry.

Test calibers used on our body Armor in the following videos include: .22lr, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, 10mm, 44 magnum, .223, 5.56 (M855/SS109 62gr Penetrator), 7.62x39, 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (.308 Winchester),12 Gauge 1oz Magnum Slug and 00 Buckshot, 7.62x54R, and .338 Lapua!

AR500 Armor® Body Armor Stress Test Video

In our Body Armor Stress Test we run our Body Armor over with a 9,600lb Loaded Forklift, perform multiple drop tests on each surface area from 15 feet onto a hard steel plate, and follow up with live fire testing of some hard hitting rounds at just 20'. This distance is less than half of the required distance of NIJ-STD-0101.06 ballistic resistance test standards.

AR500 Armor® Body Armor Spall & Fragmentation "Box Test"

We perform the "Box Test" on AR500 Armor® Body Armor which visually shows the results of fragmentation & spall when a round strikes plate body armor. We test with (3) rounds of 7.62x39 fired from an AK47 at just 20 yards. The AK round has over double the mass of a standard 55gr 5.56 round and will result in much more fragmentation upon impact, naturally, we felt like this was the right caliber choice to demonstrate the capabilities of our body armor and PAXCON line-x protective coating.

AR500 Armor® Body Armor Review by Iraqvetran8888

Philosophy of Body Armor, usefulness of owning Body Armor, and a full live fire review and demonstration of AR500 Armor® Body Armor performance against a variety of calibers, including 30-06 and a .500 Smith & Wesson!

AR500 Armor® vs. AK47 7.62x39

In this video we put our Level III Body Armor up against the legendary AK47 7.62x39 at a distance of just 20 yards. 10 rounds with no penetration and no notice of spall or fragmentation, all fragments were fully contained with our PAXCON protective coating.

Steel Core 7.62x54R vs. AR500 Armor® Level III Body Armor

7.62x54R and all its glory fails to penetrate AR500 Armor® Level III Body Armor. Fired from a Romanian PSL (Dragunov look alike) we send (5) Steel Core 147 grain Military Surplus rounds down range at just 30 yards into our Level III Body Armor; pulled straight from the production line backed by our 70lb ballistic gelatin torso. It's important to note that 7.62x54R does exceed the Level III threat rating. That said, we prefer to over build AND over deliver.

5.56 Incendiary (API) vs. AR500 Armor® Level III Body Armor

By request we put AR500 Armor® Level III Hard Body Armor up against silver tip 5.56 Incendiary Rounds, (API) with a hardened steel core. At just 30 yards we fire 3 rounds center mass from a BCM Jack Carbine. Our Ballistic Body Armor is backed by our 70lb ballistic gelatin Torso. You can clearly see the effects of the round and how they differ on impact of the strike face compared to traditional 5.56x45 M855 rounds. Despite the flames and sparks the silver tip 5.56 API round fails to penetrate our level III armor.

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Torture Test by Guns.com on AR500 Armor® Level III Body Armor.

YouTube review by Mrgunsngear!

Calibers Tested: 5.56 M855 Green Tip, 7N6 Steel Core 5.45x39, .308, and 7.62x54R

YouTube review by Scootch00 - Testing the benefits of our new Line-X Base Coat (Now ships standard with all plates) and comparing fragmentation to our old enamel coating. Improved fragmentation containment and deflection. Click here for more details.

Calibers Tested: 5.56 (SS109/M855 Penetrator), 7.62x39, .308, 7.62x54R

Armor used in test video: AR500 Armor 10" x 12" Flat Plate with Line-X base coat

Another YouTube Sootch00 review comparing AR500 Armor (First generation 10" x 12" ASC plate *PRE Line-X spall & fragmentation coating) vs. standard material you'll may find in the event of needing cover.

Calibers Tested: 5.56 (SS109/M955 Penetrator), and 7.62x51 / .308 Winchester

Customer Video Review testing our AR500 Armor 6" x 8" Side Plate vs. .338 Lapua Magnum, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

Calibers Tested: .338 Lapua Magnum 230 Grain SMK, 6.5 Creedmore

Armor used in test video: AR500 Armor 6" x 8" Side Plate

More .338 Lapua on the same AR500 Armor Side Plate for good measure!

*It is important to note that the .338 Lapua Magnum exceeds Level III Armor Ratings and results may vary.


Military Arms Channel on YouTube reviews AR500 Armor Body Armor VS. Much more expensive alternatives!

Calibers Tested: 5.56 XM193 Ball, 5.56 SS109/M855 penetrator, .308 Nato

Armor used in test video: AR500 Armor 10" x 12" Advanced Shooters Cut with Build Up

YouTuber DemolitionRanch performs a torture test on AR500 Armor's Advanced Shooters Cut $65.00 Body Armor.

Rifles, Shotguns, and an Explosion!

Calibers Tested: 5.56 XM193 Ball, 12 Gauge Sabot Slugs, 12 Gauge 00 BuckShot, .308 Winchester 180gr, 7.62x51 NATO Armor Piercing Rounds

Armor used in test video: AR500 Armor 10" x 12" Advanced Shooters Cut - Flat

SouthernPrepper1 on YouTube reviews AR500 Armor first generation 10" x 12" body armor (Pre Line-X Spall & Fragmentation Coating)

Calibers Tested: 9mm, .38 special, 5.56 62g , and 5.56 55g XM193 Ball out of a 20" Barrel, 

Armor used in test video: AR500 Armor 10" x 12" Advanced Shooters Cut - Flat

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AR500 Armor now with Spall and Fragmentation Mitigation by Paxcon Line-X!

AR500 Armor Industry Leading

Protective Coatings now on all armor

Spall & Fragmentation Mitigation