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NEW AR500 Armor® Level III Lightweight UHMWPE Body Armor 10" x 12"

349 USD

SKU: TEN310x12

Available to Order
Estimated Lead Time: 8 Weeks

Thinner than our previous PE plate, our new ballistic polyethylene plate is NIJ Level III certified, multi-hit capable, and has positive buoyancy.


AR500 Armor® Level III Lightweight UHMWPE Body Armor

An old backpacking adage is, “take care of the ounces, and the pounds will take care of themselves.'' So when weight and mobility are everything, the new AR500 Armor® Level III polyethylene (PE) ballistic plate is the clear choice. 

Even thinner than our previous UHMWPE offering, each plate weighs a mere 2.7 pounds in our 10” x 12” standard shooters cut. This stand-alone plate is NIJ 0101.06 certified, has positive buoyancy, and is multi-hit capable.

Our new PE lightweight armor plate is a true contender for those who can sacrifice the inherent benefits of our steel core body armor to save weight.

Featuring an ergonomic 3-axis multi-curve design, our PE Level III armor is high performing, comfortable, and lightweight. Wrapped in a water-resistant polyurea cover. Rear-facing padding for comfort. Manufactured in the USA, in 10” x 12”, this armor is 1” thick and carries a 5-year shelf life.

AR500 Armor® Polyethylene Body Armor Threat Level:

Level III

  • 7.62x51 M80 Ball at 2800 FPS
  • 5.56x45 M193 at 3150 FPS
  • 7.62x39 AK 47 at 2380 FPS

AR500 Armor® Polyethylene Body Armor Specs:

Construction: UHMWPE (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) core

Coating: Polyurea

Weight: 2.7 Lbs.

Size: Standard 10” x 12” shooters cut

AR500 Armor® Polyethylene Body Armor Features:

  • NIJ 0101.06 certified
  • Level III rated
  • Only 2.7lbs in 10” x 12” Standard Shooters Cut
  • Ergonomic Multiple Axis Curvature
  • Stand-Alone and Multi-Hit capable
  • 1” Thick Profile
  • Positive Buoyancy
  • UHMWPE ballistic core construction
  • Durable polyurea coating
  • Rear facing padding
  • 5 Year Shelf Life
  • Made in the USA

Level III UHMPWE plates are certified in accordance to NIJ standard 0101.06, which mandates a minimum shot-to-edge distance of no greater than 51mm (2.0 inches).


Name in Bundles No
Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Approximate Weight (LBS) 0.0000
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: Ambidextrous
Dimensions 10" x 12"
Armor Construction Material Polyethylene
Armor Shelf Life 5 Years
Approximate Thickness 1"
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

Walking protection Review by van Verified Purchase
I still like walking the track at night I use a 10x12 AR500 Guardian plate carrier in red color with lots of reflective patches,water pouch,and mag lite pouch on it. Had IIIa soft inserts and decided to try out some hard armor plates but don't want to carry 10+ pounds of steel so I got these new one and love them. Rifle rated protection to some degree and all pistols up to 44 mag and weighting less than 5 pounds to boot. With their level 2 soft inserts added for padding this is a rig that I love. May not have the full cover as if wearing a normal bullet proof vest but it provides front and back coverage and is a lot cooler in on a summer night. AR500 has done it again with a good item. (Posted on 4/17/2020)

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