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AR500 Armor® Level IV Composite Body Armor - 10"x12"





NOTICE: This Level IV ceramic plate has been discontinued Please see the NEW VERSION of our Level IV plates HERE!


NOTICE: This Level IV ceramic plate has been discontinued - Please see the NEW VERSION of our Level IV plates HERE!

AR500 Armor® Level IV Body Armor SAPI CUT - Curved 10"x12" (Composite & Ceramic)

Are 30.06 APM2 (armor piercing) rounds a concern? AR500 Armor® level IV Body Armor is rated for up to and including just that threat! We are known for offering the most rugged and affordable body armor in the industry; and we've raised the bar again in terms of quality and value with our Level IV body armor solution. With a profile of .75" thick, our level IV body armor features a thinner profile compared to what's currently being offered on the market at 7.5lb's per plate. Rated for a single 30.06 APM2 (7.62mm x 63mm 165gr Armor Piercing, Black Tip) round, and all lesser Level III threats, AR500 Armor® Level IV Body Armor provides protection against a higher threat level than our traditional Level III body armor.

Stand-Alone, our Level IV body armor does not require any additional backing or soft inserts to meet the threat level. The curved contour improves comfort and ergonomics, with a similar design to the contour of our Level III body armor. We utilize a durable single panel ceramic strike face to maintain the best ballistic properties for higher level threats, and a composite backing comparable to a traditional armor system that is similar to what is currently, standard issue in the military. Coated with our PAXCON protective coating in conjunction with our strike face, and spall & fragmentation containment technology, our Level IV body armor is industry leading. Fully sealed from the elements, our PAXCON coating creates a water tight seal which protects the inner armor components from liquids, chemicals, UV, sweat, and other harsh elements and is designed to be used as a front or back plate.

AR500 Armor® Level IV Body Armor Features:

  • Level IV rated for threats up to a 30.06 Armor Piercing round
  • 10" x 12" SAPI cut profile
  • Stand-Alone
  • Ergonomic curvature for improved comfort
  • Designed to be used as a front or back plate
  • Composite, Ceramic, and PAXCON construction
  • Thin .75" profile
  • 7.5lb per plate
  • PAXCON coated, liquid, chemical, UV, and sweat resistant
  • Single panel ceramic strike face, composite backing
  • Works well with our 10"x12" ASC Trauma Pad
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • 100% Made in the USA

FAQ: The How & Why of AR500 Armor® Level IV Body Armor

After years of development and research we were aiming for a more robust and rugged option than what is currently being offered. That said, with any ceramic/composite armor system, multiple rounds in a small vicinity will degredate the strike face reducing performance on subsequent shots on that section of the plate, unlike our Steel Armor. The strike face plays a critical role in causing the bullet to deform, and tumble, allowing the composite backing to catch and stop the round.

Since we did venture away from steel on this offering, we wanted to chime in on the "Why". The reason for this was weight, cost, & performance. When attempting to defeat 30.06 M2AP rounds, the required thickness of steel adds enough weight and cost to the point of ceramic becoming a viable and very effective solution (with current technology). Simply put, a steel level IV solution in 10" x 12" would weigh nearly 13lb's per plate.

We feel we have one of the more rugged and durable level IV options available, for ceramic/composite construction. Designed to defeat a single round of 30.06 Black Tip M2AP, and any lesser rifle round per NIJ standards. We aim to over deliver on our armor, and with reasonable shot placement, have stopped multiple rounds of M2AP.

We want to make sure our views are clear as we foresee a few questions as why we ventured away from steel for our level IV armor solution. Our mission is simple. Put out the most reliable, high quality product we are capable of producing at a reasonable price. Anything less than that and we won't even consider putting it into production.

Simply put, if 30.06 M2AP is not a concern, our Level III solution provides above average protection within the realm of level III threats.

AR500 Armor® Body Armor is made in the USA!


Name in Bundles No
Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Weight (LBS) 7.5000
Armor Level Level IV
Armor Threat Rating Level IV single-shot protection against .30 caliber armor piercing (AP) bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8g (166gr) and a velocity of 2880 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s).
Armor Cut Orientation: Ambidextrous
Dimensions 10" x 12"
Armor Construction Material Ceramic
Armor Shelf Life 5 Years
Thickness 0.75"
Discontinued? Yes


Customer Reviews

Superb prouduct Review by Paul4utica
I bought one plate then another Ian's I now have 4 of these. All purchased one at a time. Great sence of protection for the money. My WROL vest is set and a spare set ready to go. Delivery was always as advertised. All delivered within two weeks. (Posted on 3/16/2018)
LIV PLATES Review by Gunfighterman
Great product. I received two plates as an anniversary gift from the wife, the only thing is she ordered them a month b4 our anniversary thinking she'd have them in plenty of time for me. WRONG, when she placed the order the website showed them as in stock. It took almost to the day of six wks to be delivered so otherwise I'd of given the rating a 5 star. (Posted on 2/24/2018)
Great armor! Review by Joseph Verified Purchase
Great armor. Very well built. Like that fact that it is light but still gives your the protection of level IV. (Posted on 2/11/2018)
Great product, but bad handling of your order. Review by Ibel
The product is great, but I had a really bad experience with the way the company handled my order. I purchased this plate and other items and no one contacted me to let me know that I was going have to wait a month and a half to receive my order. The company website only says 2 weeks delay, but be aware that it might take a lot longer. (Posted on 1/31/2018)
Decent Entry Level Plate Review by James
The plates are as described. A bit heavy at 7.5 lbs a plate-through in a plate carrier, mags, side armor, etc and you have a 30+lb vest on. The single curve is uncomfortable and doesn't sit close to the body. A triple curve would have been nice. SAPI cut is fine but for non conventional shooting positions, a swimmers or shooter cut would have been nice. Added soft trauma plate would also be advisable if you expect to remain conscious after a strike. They do offer soft trauma so be sure to get that along with the plates. All in all a good value for the price point. (Posted on 12/31/2017)
No problems at all Review by Chris Verified Purchase
Good customer interaction, great packing and quick delivery of what appears to be a high quality product. Would definitely order from them again. (Posted on 11/21/2017)
GTG and FAST delivery Review by THOMAS Verified Purchase
I have ordered MANY products from this site over the last few years. I experienced long delays, wrong orders, etc etc previously but I have to give credit where it is due.....Clearly the company has cleaned up their operations. I ordered a level IV plate on 12/27/16 and expected it to be delivered about 4-6 weeks later. It was delivered in FOUR days (received 12/31/16). Great job guys. Proud of you for listening to your customers and making improvements. Well done. (Posted on 12/31/2016)
Review from Nader J Review by Nader J
I love this company, the armour is excellent and as described. I couldn't be more satisfied with these plates. The shipping was fast as well. God bless this company. Thank you!! (Posted on 9/1/2016)
Review from D B Review by D B
30 days from order to shipment (even with a 7 week lead time)! Fits great in my Condor Gunner vest. Bought 2 and the only hang up is it takes some getting used to with the carrier and my issued vest. Worth every penny. Don't worry about the complaints. Hot products that work are hard to find. Order 2, use a legit address, and enjoy the day that box arrives. (Posted on 8/8/2016)
Review from David Walker Review by David Walker
Gift from my parents! Well worth it!! (Posted on 8/6/2016)
Review from B R S Review by B R S
Good stuff. I have many military friends and they tell me this is top quality. I just hope I never need it. (Posted on 8/3/2016)
Review from O Nelson Review by O Nelson
Best for the price in my opinion . Very tough armor, shipping was pretty fast as well. Totally recomend (Posted on 7/26/2016)
Review from ryan wondraaek Review by ryan wondraaek
nice and light. cant take more then one shot in a well placed group of 5.56 so in my vest i have level 3+ but the level 4 is in a back pack i carry daly. holds up well with day to day activity. im not really gentle with my gear. (Posted on 6/17/2016)
Review from E.W. Review by E.W.
Only issue was the shipping time from order. I understand they are in demand and the product is as described. I would do business again.... in fact I did... I also got a iii+ plate (Posted on 6/9/2016)
Review from Don Review by Don
It took a while for my level IV plates to come in due to the high demand for them. They are well worth the wait. After putting them in my carrier, I put my original level III plates in another carrier for a backup set and the weight difference is amazing. Very glad I went for the upgrade. (Posted on 3/20/2016)
Review from Nicole Review by Nicole
The product is likely great and of high quality (I purchased it as a gift). However, the shipping time was very lengthy. I received the order 3 months after I ordered it. I probably would not have been so disappointed with the shipping time, if I had not been told that it would arrive near the end of December. It arrived mid-February. (Posted on 2/19/2016)
Review from Christopher J. Review by Christopher J.
High quality, very professional packaging, fits very well in my carrier. The 8 weeks lead time is a bit much, It took almost 10 before it was in my hands, but worth the wait. (Posted on 2/18/2016)
Review from Tim K Review by Tim K
Its a good plate. I dont wear these for a living so my comments should be taken as such. I felt it had a little bit more curve than my normal lvl 3a+ 11'x14" plates had. Nothing much to complain about just that was my first sensation. Second, I really wish they could bring the weight down a bit. 15lbs front and back is alot. It would be nice to spend the weight somewhere else should you ever in need to use it for its intended purpose and find yourself needing armor. Otherwise I must applaud AR500 for bringing good quality armor to the masses (Posted on 2/3/2016)
Review from lucas Review by lucas
is it a single plate per oerder? or is it 2 (Posted on 1/27/2016)
Review from Duncan Review by Duncan
Shipping was surprisingly fast. They were not in stock, yet they got in here in about 3 weeks. Lightweight and perfect size. I am 5'10" and fits my mid section and back perfect. I pray I never have to use them, but the peace of mind is there. Praise Yahuwah! (Posted on 10/30/2015)
Review from Dalton Agalzoff Review by Dalton Agalzoff
Shipping took me 6 weeks because of it being in high demand, looks good and clean. (Posted on 10/28/2015)
Review from Shawn Haufe Review by Shawn Haufe
I found the production time a little unnerving. But I did receive the plates in the describe time. I have a CONDOR chest rig and I put the plates in. The weight is perfect I hardly know that the plates are there. I only regret not getting getting the trama blankets. (Posted on 10/28/2015)
Review from matthew cook Review by matthew cook
These plates are as described on the web page. I couldn't be more satisfied with these plates. That being said, I hope I never have to use them or have them put to the test. However, I'm confident I have purchased the correct tool for the job should the need arise. I rated 4 stars due to the confusion I experienced when ordering, In Stock and 8 week production lead time. A product is either in stock or it isn't. The web page said "In Stock" and it took 2 weeks to ship. Product is 5 stars! (Posted on 9/24/2015)
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 Review by
Impressive to hold in the hands - these plates have the look and feel of pure quality and they back that up with testing time and again. Here's just another of the many reasons we sell AR500 products! (Posted on 8/26/2015)
Review from Pavel Review by Pavel
Started off with the level 3 base plates, then went to the built up coating. Now just upgraded to the level IV plates. This company is beyond amazing and their products are the same. Talk about affordable body armor. Will keep buying from them!! (Posted on 8/21/2015)
Review from J.B. Review by J.B.
Great product and a solid step up from my AR500 level 3 plates. Fit and finish of plates are as advertised and the product was protectively packaged to survive the gauntlet of modern shipping! (Posted on 6/28/2015)
Review from TERRY Review by TERRY
Review from Matthew Kamins Review by Matthew Kamins
I am very pleased with AR500. They were able to deliver quickly to meet a deployment schedule. The guys love the plate and the vest that went with it. (Posted on 4/24/2015)
Review from M.B. Review by M.B.
Awesome quality, super fast manufacturing and shipping and great customer support. Five stars for sure. Thank you so much, guys! (Posted on 4/23/2015)
Review from Ann Johnson Review by Ann Johnson
This was a gift for my husband. He is quite pleased and we will be ordering another one for him shortly. Well worth the wait. Quality product. (Posted on 4/23/2015)
Review from Kirk Havermahl Review by Kirk Havermahl
Thomas and the gang are excellent to deal with. Great products and service, highly recommended.

Kirk Havermahl
Tested Best Products, Inc. (Posted on 4/22/2015)
Review from Angus Review by Angus
Great products are worth waiting for. This plate fits my carrier perfectly. I am using this one on the front. Recommending to all my 'buds' who are serious about staying in the fight. Hopefully will never be needed. Ups one's confidence level. Well thought out and well designed. (Posted on 3/13/2015)
Review from Casey Review by Casey
Great Armor, took a little bit to receive due to back orders, but well worth the wait. Good job guys. Keep up the good work. (Posted on 3/3/2015)
Review from Mikial Review by Mikial
Very high quality armor. Nice shape. Well packaged. And although they told me it would be several weeks before it arrived, it came much faster than expected. What's not to love about all that? (Posted on 3/3/2015)
Review from charles Wright Review by charles Wright
Excellent product and service your company has been highly professional and responsive. (Posted on 1/16/2015)
Review from Cliff Martin Review by Cliff Martin
Totally amazed at how much lighter the level IV armor is compared to the level 3! Not only is it lighter; but, it is also thinner. Every one needs to get some AR500 armor! If you should need customer service for a problem - AR500 has some of the best in any business. As an example: I bought two level IV plates just before black Friday. I paid full price ($155) per plate. When I saw the great deals offered on all their products the next day - well, I was ticked off. I e-mailed their customer support to voice my disapproval. I received a call the next day and received an apology for the action, received a account balance of the difference in what the price was and should have been, and just for good measure, they shipped the plates for free to me! Now that is service! Keep up the good work AR500! (Posted on 1/8/2015)
Review from Brandon Review by Brandon
Order was placed and received without any issue. Packing around plates for shipping was excellent. Will continue to order from AR500. (Posted on 1/8/2015)
Review from Jeremy Review by Jeremy
I had been waiting for AR500 to come out with the next level of plate and I am not disappointed! They are at least a pound lighter each than my level III plates purchased here and fit my body very well. The Paxcon coating creates a very clean-looking and protective finish. It appears it would protect the ceramic from minor damage, also. Thanks again for another great product! (Posted on 12/24/2014)
Review from Steve Womack Review by Steve Womack
I received my plates within the week after I ordered them. Opened the box and was instantly happy. Great design, fits well to the body, and I absolutely love the paxon coating on the plates. Gives an extra level of protection from being damaged if dropped or banged around. I work in Law Enforcement and bought these plates for those crazy calls or active shooter scenarios. Couldnt be happier. Thanks AR500!
(Posted on 12/19/2014)
Review from Tim Review by Tim
Overall very satisfied with the Level IV plates and replaced my Level III's with them as soon as I got them. Easy to order and no issues with the shipping. (Posted on 11/21/2014)
Review from Ronald Flowers Review by Ronald Flowers
Love the new level V1 plate. Shipping was quick and as always had no problems with the order. Will be definitely be ordering again. (Posted on 11/10/2014)
Review from Eric Gonzales Review by Eric Gonzales
Fast shipping, packaged with great care. Quality looks to be top notch. Will definitely be ordering again from ar500armor! (Posted on 10/29/2014)

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