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AR500 Armor® Level III Side Plate 6" x 8"

36 USD

SKU: 36x8

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AR500 Armor® steel plates offer edge-to-edge ballistic protection

AR500 Armor® Level III Side Body Armor

Specifically designed to increase coverage on the peripherals of your plate carrier. AR500 Armor® Level III Side Armor Plates offer rifle rated protection on the side of your plate carrier. Compatible with most plate carriers that include cummerbund mounted side plate pouches. Available in two common sizes, 6” x 6”, and 6” x 8”, with both flat and curved form (improved comfort and ergonomics). Capable of defeating 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (.308 Winchester) at a velocity of up to 2,780 feet per second. Side plates are most applicable when increased armor coverage is desired from an entry or defensive standpoint. Non-squared off shooting positions, traveling in vehicles, and situations where fragmentation are a realistic threat are scenarios which heavily validate running side body armor.

Available in: 6” x 6”, and 6” x 8” Side Plates Cuts.

Approximate Weight: (+/- 10% for our FragLock™ coating):

  • 6” x 6” Side Plate – 2.5lb
  • 6” X 8” Side Plate – 3.5lb

Approximate Profile: Thin 0.26” profile (Base Coat), 0.35” profile (Build-Up)

AR500 Armor® Level III Body Armor Specifications

  • Level III rifle rated for 7.62x51 M80 Ball (.308 win) @ 2,780 fps
  • Independently tested to NIJ 101.06
  • Patented Advanced Shooters Cut (ASC) (on some models) in thin .26” profile
  • Most independently reviewed and tested body armor in the world
  • AR500 Armor® high hard specially treated ballistic steel core construction
  • Rigorous quality control standards for consistency and performance
  • Rugged and stress fracture resistant
  • Minimally invasive forming process on Multi-Curved models preserves armor integrity
  • 20-Year maintenance free shelf life
  • Unparalleled Multi-Hit and stand-alone performance
  • Outlasts Ceramic, and Polyethylene Body Armor
  • FragLock™ abrasion and chemical resistant coating
    • Build-Up for spall and fragmentation mitigation
  • Made in the United States of America!

Looking for protection against high velocity threats such as M193? Look into our level III+ body armor, which is special threated tested to M193 at velocities up to 3,100 feet per second.

Proudly Manufactured in our Phoenix, Arizona facility from start to finish.

Become a warrior and #StayInTheFight with AR500 Armor® Body Armor, a proud member of the Armored Republic™.


Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Approximate Weight (LBS) 4.0000
Armor Level Level III
Armor Threat Rating Level III multi-hit protection against 7.62 mm FMJ, steel jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 9.6 g (147gr) and a velocity of 2780 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s).
Armor Cut Orientation: No
Dimensions 6" x 8"
Armor Construction Material Ballistic steel core
Armor Shelf Life 20 Years
Approximate Thickness 0.26"
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

Better than expected Review by G-Force
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! (Posted on 1/6/2020)
Review from Matthew Review by Matthew
Plates provide excellent coverage. (Posted on 8/7/2016)
Review from CBobka Review by CBobka
Nice thick plate with quality coating. I only got the default coating when you order these as it is nice and solid. I might order the 6x6 so it fits better in my carrier as the 6x8 seems a little tight. Service was great and I got it a day before it was supposed to arrive. Very Happy I ordered from AR500 Armor! (Posted on 8/4/2016)
Review from Fat Bottom Girl Review by Fat Bottom Girl
Coors makes the ceramic plates I used in Iraq. I went through plates...glad to have them but here in the states with the threat of muslims (radical islamists) popping up randomly I don't have a supply or the time to change out plates or them being useless after a hit. I have ordered 3 sets from AR500 and never a question or complaint...and will continue to use AR500 for all my armor! - the side plates are a must! I was only issued front & back plates. (Posted on 8/3/2016)
Review from Scott Tucker Review by Scott Tucker
Another great product, great customer service (Posted on 6/28/2016)
Review from Running man Review by Running man Verified Purchase
I purchased a set of these 6 x 8 plates to go along with my 10 x 12 plates and I'm very pleased with how they fit the side pouches in my carrier. One of these plates also provides a great backing for a 4 mag pouch for my pistol that I molled to the side of my carrier. I even bought an extra set of these 6 x 8 plates to go into customized trauma plate pouches over my sternum and my spine on an otherwise soft armor setup that I have. These are a good size at a great price. Thank you AR500! (Posted on 3/1/2016)
Review from Cliff M Review by Cliff M
Considering the protection offered and the durability of these plates - AR500 always has the best equipment at a fabulous price! (Posted on 1/8/2016)
Review from Brent Review by Brent
Good Quality plate. Fits in the Operator II vest but i would recommend she smaller version for comfort. Makes getting the vest on and off significantly more difficult than without them inserted. (Posted on 12/9/2015)
Review from John Review by John
Excellent service! I am very pleased with the plates. (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Review from Chuck Review by Chuck
Wish I had found you prior to making previous purchases. I like your products and prices and recommend them to everyone looking for body armor. These plates fit perfectly in the carrier I have. I expect to purchase more from your store. (Posted on 11/26/2015)
Review from k buckley Review by k buckley
Top quality and fair amazing service. (Posted on 9/17/2015)
Review from Squared Away Review by Squared Away
Always one of our hottest sellers, thanks AR500 for having quality armor at a great price! (Posted on 9/14/2015)
Review from D Morgan Review by D Morgan
It was well worth the wait I'm planning on doing some on body test with the ar500 armor . I do wish it was not such a long wait because I'm going to have to get new armor after my testing I will make sure everyone will be able to see a on body armor test but it is great armor have done lots of testing off body it's time to show how much I believe in this armor (Posted on 8/21/2015)
Review from DV Breachkit Review by DV Breachkit
Customer Service is polite and expediant. The product is solid, reliable and looks great. I recommend these plates to anyone. I own both these and the larger ones as well. I plan on doing more business with this company in the future. (Posted on 8/16/2015)
Review from Rooster Cogburn Review by Rooster Cogburn
I have a complete set up with an AR500 plate carrier, curved plates (Front, back and sides). Everything appears to be made very well.
If I ever get shot, I'll be sure to update my review as as witness to how well it works. (Posted on 6/3/2015)
Review from Rodimus Review by Rodimus
Great service and excellent follow up with an issue I had with my order. I would certainly buy from AR 500 again!!!! (Posted on 5/31/2015)
Review from P.A.M. Recovery Review by P.A.M. Recovery
The quality of the product is unparalleled. I have confidence in their R&D and production quality to attain the specifications they advertise. The customer service is like no other. They have the know the product line, and have the answer to any question you might have. The lead time has become unbelievably long. (That speaks volumes to the popularity of their products) All in all I would not have bought any other brand. I am a very happy customer. Thank you one and all at AR500 Armor. HOOAH (Posted on 4/23/2015)
Review from Casey Brown Review by Casey Brown
Another good product from AR500armor. (Posted on 4/10/2015)
Review from Hatrick Penry Review by Hatrick Penry
Great product, great price, great customer service (Posted on 4/6/2015)
Review from Nehemiah Camarillo Review by Nehemiah Camarillo
Quality product for an amazing price, will wear on my LE tact vest with confidence. Thank you for making us safe. (Posted on 3/15/2015)
Review from Brian Review by Brian
I purchased two of these plates with the PAXCON Line-X build up, and the mult-curve, and it looks like a pretty good product. It arrived about a month earlier than I expected when I first purchased it. I am very pleased about that. The multi-curve does help with fitting snugly to the sides, but only if your plate carrier can hold them in place. I should note that the PAXCON build up does have a pretty chemically strong odor after you receive it, so keep that in mind. Also, I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but it feels heavy and well-built. I will still test it, and it if holds up, I will buy another. (Posted on 3/12/2015)
Review from S P Review by S P
I am a patrol officer and wear a load bearing vest from Cowell Tactical. I purchased one 6x8 curved plate for the front of my vest. It fits great and the weight carries well. The customer service with AR500 is one of the best out there through my experience. (Posted on 3/4/2015)
Review from Ryan Ussery Review by Ryan Ussery
Excellent product that feels extremely comfortable along with giving me a more even distribution of weight. I bought these curved along with the build-up just like I did for the front and back plates. I couldn't be happier with this purchase. (Posted on 2/26/2015)
Review from Anthony Review by Anthony
I want to say you guys have a top product! Love the armor that I got from you. (Posted on 2/17/2015)
Review from Rob Review by Rob
Plates are very good but the "Production Lead Time" is terrible! Worn body armor a lot over the past 31 years, running, standing sitting. Side plates add protection but also add weight. Situation will depend on side plates or not but it is nice to have them available. Order well before you want them! (Posted on 2/10/2015)
Review from Illinois Review by Illinois
I'm in a guard unit and we are authorized to wear plate carriers but aren't issued any side plates. These provide the right amount of weight (to make up for not carrying ammo) for training purposes. Train like you fight. Recommended these to other troops to order now to receive them in time for field exercises. Customer service was exceptional as well for getting back to me in a timely manner! (Posted on 1/9/2015)
Review from websuspect Review by websuspect
I am from a 4 generation American military family. This country is no longer becoming safe. I am a big guy and i feel safe in this. I read this from another user and its true. "Im a big guy and this fits me and i feel very safe. If you are a big guy and an honest cop or an honest soldier or an honest American from a military family. Buy this for yourself. Wait time is like 3 months because of hr 5433 be patient and prepared to wait. (Posted on 1/8/2015)
Review from clif Review by clif
Plates are very good. The whole system is excellent, but the wait time is horrible. Told us 4 to 6 weeks, more like 10. And that was on both vest. Product I would rate 10 out of 10. But because of way way over on wait time I would give a 7 out of 10 over all.
(Posted on 12/23/2014)
Review from Chris Jackson Review by Chris Jackson
It was an honor to have purchased these for resell and offer them to our great customers. We can assure our clients in the tactical field the quality, and affordability of such product! Thank you AR500 for being our supplier! (Posted on 11/24/2014)
Review from Dave T. Review by Dave T.
Good product , excellent customer service during an email "shipment status " request. Worth the wait , great price.
2nd purchase from AR500 , great American Company. (Posted on 11/19/2014)
Review from Robert Workman Review by Robert Workman
Highly recommended to every one . (Posted on 11/16/2014)
Review from Terry Review by Terry
I've bought these both flat and curved. The curved plates are very comfortable, almost forget they're there. The flat plates fit perfectly into the front pocket of a concealed vest for police officers and add another measure of protection for those vital areas! (Posted on 11/3/2014)
Review from C A Review by C A
Bought these curved and with the PAXCON build-up to go with my Operator II carrier. They fit well *AND* you still have room for an EPIK Side Pouch (either light or normal). Excellent product that will give my side squishy-bits NIJ LVL III (+) protection. (Posted on 9/17/2014)
Review from C.Clark Review by C.Clark
Offers a lot of protection and makes me feel safer. (Posted on 9/9/2014)
Review from Edward.F Review by Edward.F
First of all outstanding product I use my carrier as a daily use I feel a lot better knowing I have my 6x8 side plates along with my 10x12 they fit perfect without the bulky feeling that sapi plates gave me and the weight difference is minimal perfect for when I am driving or having to stand hours on end would recommend to anyone looking to get body armor. Keep up the great work (Posted on 8/30/2014)
Review from Shawgunner Review by Shawgunner
Excellent. I would take these over the side SAPIS any day. AR500 plates are way thinner and have no shelf life, albeit a little heavier, but I could care less about that. Good job guys! Now I'm waiting for y'all to make level IV armor! (Posted on 8/25/2014)
Review from Grunt11b Review by Grunt11b
Great plate which offer full coverage, quality fit. (Posted on 8/20/2014)
Review from Eric Review by Eric
Good (Posted on 8/19/2014)
Review from Geoffery Weise Review by Geoffery Weise
Great products and a Great company!! Will do business again! If you're looking for Armor ar500armor is the only place!! (Posted on 8/15/2014)
Review from Larry Bassett Review by Larry Bassett
"multi-curve" side plates well worth the money!!
my other flat side plates hang open in front leaving ME Open!!!! (Posted on 8/11/2014)
Review from Omar C. Review by Omar C.
Excellent in every way. Because I'm overweight I had to purchase two more curved side plates to cover my backside underneath my shoulder blades in addition to the two 6x8 plates I have covering my front sides and abdomen to cover my backside. I feared the carrier wouldn't be able to accommodate the extra plates but still I was able to squeeze them in there. They overlap the main curved backplate a little but it's negligible. I was worried about being able to bear the extra weight given that I'd already purchased the largest plates AR500 had to offer. I barely noticed the extra weight my vest now weighs 34lbs-35lbs. I feel like the man of steel when wearing it. Now if only AR500 would make a helmet made of the same material we warriors would be set. (Posted on 8/11/2014)
Review from Bud Review by Bud
Looks good, shipped fast, good price. I hope I never have to find out if it works. (Posted on 8/6/2014)
Review from Ron Flowers Review by Ron Flowers
Fast shipping, and the plates are great plus they are a great value. (Posted on 7/27/2014)
Review from beasleyr1 Review by beasleyr1
This product is truly top notch...very well made. (Posted on 7/1/2014)
Review from Mike A Review by Mike A
I ordered the non-curved plates and then changed my mind and called customer support. Very easy and the change was easy. The plates came quickly and are everything I hoped for. While a bit heavy ( as expected ) they are a quality product (Posted on 5/27/2014)
Review from Green Review by Green
very high quality. (Posted on 5/14/2014)
Review from Jerry K. McCoy Review by Jerry K. McCoy
These plates offer great coverage. Thought they were great, then I bought the curved side plates and they are even better when it comes to fit and comfort. Either one are great products. Now all I need to get my hands on is a multi-cam banshee vest. (Posted on 5/14/2014)
Review from Daniel Review by Daniel
Good piece of equipment. I way it day in day out while on patrol.I feel very confident having this plate in front of me. Time of wait was a little long in my opinion, but I think to quality of product for the price couldn't be any better. I have yet to see anyone out there giving them a run for the money yet. (Posted on 5/12/2014)
Review from Nobody Review by Nobody
Product feels like quality gear, value is without question, wait time seems long (Posted on 5/2/2014)
Review from Alex Review by Alex
Stopped 30-06 at 15yrds no joke (Posted on 4/30/2014)
Review from Tom L. Review by Tom L.
Great value (Posted on 4/15/2014)
Review from Denny F. Review by Denny F.
Great plates! Fit my tactical carrier perfect and feel very secure. Bought them with my 10x12 plates! (Posted on 3/6/2014)
Review from R. Knauss Review by R. Knauss
Being in law enforcement I have made raids and encountered barricaded gunman with having standard issue body armor. I had been searching for body armor that I could afford to purchase on my own, due to police budgets. Upon searching the web AR500 was the most affordable adding the same protection as the expensive ones. My wife was kind enough and purchased the front and back plates. I later purchased the side plate. If there are any officers out there searching as I did for the same reasons, I highly recommend AR500. I also purchased the TAG Banshee plate carrier. (Posted on 2/20/2014)
Review from Renaldo Review by Renaldo
Amazing product and price! Not as heavy as I thought they would be. (Posted on 1/23/2014)
Review from Thomas Bolinger Review by Thomas Bolinger
I love these plates, I have yet to have any issues whatsoever. (Posted on 1/10/2014)
Review from Juergen Review by Juergen
These side plates fit perfectly into my tactical vest. They're not too heave and don't add a lot of bulk. Nobody shot at them yet, but I'm confident they will do the job if it ever comes to that. And the price is unbeatable! (Posted on 1/6/2014)
Review from James Review by James
Great price. Fit my condor operator II plate carrier great. Thanks for the veterans day discount too. (Posted on 11/26/2013)
Review from John Review by John
They're good plates for the money and fit well in my plate carrier. I didn't rate them a perfect score though because they are flat. If AR500 happened to produce side plates with curves in them, believe me, I'd snatch them up right away! Hint hint! (Posted on 11/26/2013)
Review from J.A. Hornback Review by J.A. Hornback
Plates fit perfectly in a Banshee plate carrier. Excellent quality that can't be beat. I currently have ESAPI porcelain 10x12 main plates and will replace then with AR500 10x12's when I get my covert carrier. I like the added durability of the AR500s not being as fragile as the porcelain. (Posted on 9/30/2013)
Review from Sam J. Review by Sam J.
Same quality as the body armor plates and exactly what I was looking for. I like the option of having side armor to go with the main plates if needed. (Posted on 6/8/2012)
Review from Side Plates Review by Side Plates
These plates go well with the 10x12 trauma plates. if you carrier holds them i'd recommend getting the set. (Posted on 6/7/2012)
Review from TJ Review by TJ
These fit well in my side pouch (Posted on 5/28/2012)
Review from Justin Review by Justin
I actually picked this pair up on ebay before I knew about their website. They aren't as heavy as I thought they would be. If you are looking for steel ar500 body armor then these side plates will suite you well. I'm happy with how they arrived. The finish was good, and the edges were clean. I have no worries that these will do damage to my rig even with some use. (Posted on 5/24/2012)
Review from Taylor Review by Taylor
Solid deal for the money, same goes for the large body armor plates. (Posted on 5/22/2012)

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