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AR500 Armor® Level III Backpack Armor 9.5" x 13"

65 USD

SKU: 39.5x13

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AR500 Armor® Level III Backpack Body Armor

Designed to be inserted into your everyday carry backpack providing rifle protection under concealment. AR500 Armor® Backpack body armor integrates into your existing backpack under cover. Our Backpack Armor will fit into your school bag laptop pocket, hydration pocket, or laptop carry bags capable of accepting up to 15.1” laptops, in most cases also in conjunction with your laptop. The ideal choice for staying prepared in everyday life. You can now turn your commuter pack into an armored backpack capable of defeating hard hitting rifle rounds in a concealed carry system.

Available in: our 9.5” x 13” Backpack Cut.

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

  • 9.5” x 13” Plate – 10lbs

Approximate Profile: Thin 0.26” profile (Base Coat), 0.48” 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) 8.5000
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).
Dimensions 9.5" x 13"
Armor Construction Material Ballistic steel core
Armor Shelf Life 20 Years
Approximate Thickness 0.26"
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

AR500 HAS MY SIX Review by David Verified Purchase
Received my backpack armor plate today with the proper backpack with sleeve worn high feels nice and comfy with no strain to back, ordered two more with carrier on the way thank you for the time and effort in making a fine product. (Posted on 11/22/2017)
Review from Mitchell Review by Mitchell
I have purchased several of these. They are exactly as described. Keep in mind that all steel plates are heavy. Make sure that any plate you buy will meet your needs and philosophy of use/purpose for buying/intent to deploy. As far as what is promised here, what is delivered, customer service, manufacturing quality, fit, finish - this isan eexcellent product from an excellent company. (Posted on 8/4/2016)
Review from DuncanRagnar Review by DuncanRagnar
I'm not an armor specialist or anything as note-worthy, but it just makes sense to purchase a product with this kind of possibility, the possibility to save your life. I looked it over after opening the package, and let me tell you, this stuff seems to be what it says it is. Super-durable, the coating application is professional and a little heft doesn't hurt either. This is being added to my pack so I can use it as a shield in case of an active shooter incident, and shoot from behind this mobile cover! Nuff said!!! (Posted on 8/3/2016)
Review from Jason Review by Jason
I bought the plate to use in my laptop bag, and it works excellently and discreetly. The 8 pound plate is a rather light burden, for the maximum protection against most armed threats citizens face. My laptop case will shred from the spall, before the armor ever fails, which is why I chose AR500. (Posted on 8/3/2016)
Review from Hide Iba Review by Hide Iba
Very good. It fits my work backpack perfectly. Will serve its purpose when needed. A little heavier than I like in my back pack hence the "very good" rating instead of "excellent" (Posted on 3/9/2016)
Review from JDMHero47 Review by JDMHero47
Bought it since I'm a student and the dimensions fit exactly into the zippered slot on one side of my laptop bag. I left it in the plastic bag it came in, and it makes no noise, even when I run with the bag.

Yes, weight is hefty. The bag is over 20lbs, almost 25 when I load it up with my computer & charger & notebooks. I consider it strength building to lug it around =]

I would not consider for young children, or those still growing - but it's good for adults and just-about-adults.

The price is also excellent for what you are getting. AR500 was my first stop for armor, and I believe it will be my last. Yes, other companies have light-weight products that are advertised to protect, but not multi-hit. Nothing beats a steel plate for that. (Posted on 1/6/2016)
Review from scott Review by scott
This is a Great product... it Fits great in my pack.
Thanks (Posted on 12/30/2015)
Review from Rick Review by Rick
This armor is the perfect size. It is a little heavy but if you want protection from 30 caliber this is the plate you need. I highly recommend it. (Posted on 11/19/2015)
Review from Lon Review by Lon
I purchased this backpack plate for a multi-hit capable option that I could take with me to school and not draw a lot of attention. With the escalation of school shootings in the past decade, I think anyone going full time should consider their safety. As a Father I think its my responsibility to do everything in my power to make sure I get back to my family. You can't stop everything but luck favors the prepared.

I have served in law enforcement, military and private security roles in the past and used soft and hard body armor of all different makes - this appears to be a fantastic product at a great price. It is heavy, probably to heavy to consider for the kids, but it is no problem being carried in my bag. Its thinner than I expected (I did not take the buildup coat) but I know it will still do the job and do it well.

It fits nicely in a backpack designed for a laptop and gives me the protection I want without drawing attention. I purchased a neoprene sleeve for it so it looks a bit like a tablet in my bag when I open it up around people. No one has asked about it or even noticed and I leave my bag open during class.

I'm sure this isn't the first thing that comes to mind but it should be considered. AR500Armor packaged this plate very well. They used plenty of reinforced tape and enough filler to completely immobilize the plate and contents and an inconspicuous outer package. Not a huge concern until you consider they have to send 8-20lbs on average across country with careless package handlers and often times left on the front door (like mine was). I was pleasantly surprised. Also the AR500Armor lapel pin included with the order was great and totally unexpected.

AR500 Armor is outstanding in my book.
Not only will they have me as a life time customer but I certainly plan to expand my collection of AR500 products and tell my friends, family and co workers.

Armor up, it could save a life. (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Review from Mike Roberson Review by Mike Roberson
I recently bought a backpack plate it's a little heavy but high quality great investment! (Posted on 9/24/2015)
Review from Josh, retired Recon. Review by Josh, retired Recon.
Half of the reviews sound like they're from robots or idiots. You want the most honest review here? 8/10. Wonderful product. However situation ideal only. Hardly something for day to day or even certain scenario specific bug-outs.
Yes this plate adds extra weight to my laptop bag but unless I'm walking more than a mile that's irrelevant. Fits in both my laptop bag and my backpack for school. As another buyer said they're versatile and if I felt like cannibalizing the inside of my car I'm sure they'd fit nicely into my seats. Dunno why I'd do that, I'm paranoid but not retarded.
My son noticed the extra weight in his backpack one day but he said it was negligible. If you're buying for your child make sure they're even old enough to fire a rifle to begin with. Clearly not a product for a child.
Other than that this is a wonderful product. Wish I had a plate in my pack in the desert. Would have saved a laptop, 2 spare mags a radio and my favorite MRE that way.

(Posted on 9/23/2015)
Review from Garrett M Review by Garrett M
I got the armor and backpack combo over 2 years ago, the pack has been through a lot and barely shows signs of wear. All the zippers still work flawlessly the material has no holes, rips, or thin spots that i can see and even the foam in the straps and back is still intact. As far as the armor goes i haven't been shot while wearing it yet but the paxcon has held up perfectly. (Posted on 8/20/2015)
Review from Dave P Review by Dave P
This is a great plate, fits perfectly in my school backpack, it's well constructed, and easy to insert in many backpacks and even some plate carriers. I highly recommend purchasing this plate. (Posted on 8/12/2015)
Review from Theodor Bär Review by Theodor Bär
If you are a person who "does not feel it" when a hypodermic needle delivers medicine or draws blood, you "will not feel it" when carrying this around.

I am over 6' and approximately 280lbs, and I notice the weight of this plate. I find it manageable because I keep it close to my torso using my backpack's laptop sleeve. When I compare this plate to the lighter and softer IIIA panels and think of the decreased cost and increased protection, this plate feels just a little lighter. (Posted on 7/30/2015)
Review from Steven Review by Steven
I am using it as an insert in my computer bag. The eight pound plate plus laptop plus off body carry is pretty hefty but with shoulder strap is doable. (Posted on 6/22/2015)
Review from Eric Review by Eric
The perfect addition to my get home bag! Excelent. Hope I'll never need it but so glad I have it! (Posted on 1/31/2015)
Review from Doug DeViney Review by Doug DeViney
Got just the plate. Should fit in almost any back pack
Everybody says, "oh that could never happen here!" They probably said that at the schools where the shootings happened.
I know two girls who'll have an edge if... (Posted on 12/18/2014)
Review from Delta Sog Review by Delta Sog
Great product... Fits great in both of my boys packs. (Posted on 10/16/2014)
Review from mike Review by mike
to heavy for the kids back packs will use them to armor up my bug out truck (Posted on 10/7/2014)
Review from Eric Review by Eric
Perfect product, exactly as advertised. Not too heavy, but does add a bit of weight to my bag. Carrying it in my Grey Ghost Gear Lightweight Assualt Pack. Fits perfectly in the main section. Was hoping it would fit in the hydration pouch but was just a touch too big (Posted on 8/19/2014)
Review from Houston Benson Review by Houston Benson
Excellent armor in the right sizing. Fits into nearly every bug out bag or laptop bag on the market. Be the gray man with this low profile armor at a truly competitive price. (Posted on 3/20/2014)
Review from Kevin Review by Kevin
It's nice to have protection and feel secure with your purchase, knowing your bug out bag and your items are safe. Not to mention you never know if this product will help you if you were to be hit from behind. (Posted on 2/11/2014)
Review from Dave M Review by Dave M
I actually bought these plates to fit in pockets adjacent to the front seats in my motorhome. These fit perfectly and provide protection for us while we travel. (Posted on 2/3/2014)
Review from wbj3 Review by wbj3
This was my starting point for personal armor. It fits great in my bug out bag a 3 day assault bag. Next purchase will be full body! Thanks for such a great product. (Posted on 12/29/2013)
Review from RollButt Review by RollButt
This is best tactical/practical commute backpack that was ever made; backpack is very well made, I love the variety of compartments; the compression straps have sewn in Velcro straps; the armor plate is a little heavy at 13 pounds, but it makes me feel really safe while on the commute train; backpack holds the armor plate well, after two months there are no tears or broken stiches; with all the crazy people out there, this armored backpack will make you feel safe and it good exercise by just carrying it. (Posted on 9/30/2013)

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