AR500 Armor® Level III Side Plate 6" x 8"
- Product Review (submitted on January 6, 2020):
- So I ordered a pair of Lev.III plates (std. coating) on sale for side plates and I really wasn't satisfied with the fit in my particular vest - I am somewhat short and robust and the 6x8's are a little tall and armpit me or interfere with shooting. Instead of returning them (they were on sale) I decided to test their performance since I have Lev. III full size curved plates for frontal armor in one vest. Now I've seen "independent" reviews where full-bore M193 punched Lev. III plates at 25 yards but I will say I set up the 6x8 at 50 yds. and hammered it with .223 55gr. FMJ, 5.56 M193, 5.56 M855 and .308 and the 6x8 Lev. III plate has exhibited minimal deformity and no burn-throughs. The paxcon is blown off to the point I have to spray paint it when I put it up in front of a pine tree stump (that's the backstop) but it is intact. Now, I'm not disputing any independent review, and I'm not saying it will hold up to CQB M193 hits but it IS some well-made, tougher than nails armor!