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AR500 Armor® Abdominal Ballistic System

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AR500 Armor® Abdominal Ballistic System (ABS), Auxiliary Body Armor
AR500 Armor® ABS was developed to satisfy the growing demand for modular protection of the abdominal area. We set out to create a modular auxiliary armor system that could integrate with your existing plate carrier and body armor. Our Abdominal Ballistic System offers a unique blend of flexibility, modularity, and protection from rifles or pistols dependent upon the body armor insert you choose.  AR500 Armor® ABS attaches via our unique pouch design, integrating into your plate carrier’s cummerbund flap or inner plate pocket. Secured via Velcro to your carrier's front cummerbund Velcro panel, the ABS provides a natural fit with your existing body armor resulting in a user adjustable extension of your body armor.
Flexibility is by far the most important factor with auxiliary body armor; which we achieve with our Abdomen Ballistic System. The pouch is user adjustable for proper placement and creates a natural pivot point with AR500 Armor® Level III hard plate or IIIA Hybrid soft ABS body armor inserts installed. This pivot point is designed to enable the ABS to flex independently of the plate carrier, allowing for unhindered articulation while moving, kneeling, and changing positions.
Constructed from durable 1000D Cordura Nylon, the Abdominal Ballistic System is compatible with both our ABS body armor and trauma pad. Equipped with PALS webbing, your load bearing capability on the front of the pouch is increased for additional gear, although we recommend keeping a slim and light load on the ABS to maintain mobility and comfort.
In situations where high mobility is required, but the need for additional armor is preset, we recommend ABS with our level IIIA soft body armor for improved mobility. As with any auxiliary armor, the need for flexibility and mobility prevent rigid attachment points.
Pouch Size: 10.25" x 7"
Armor Size: 9.5" x 6"
Approximate Weight:
  • Level IIIA Hybrid Soft Armor, 0.5lb
  • Level III Hard Armor, 4lb
Trauma Pad: Compatable with our Trauma Pads
Abdominal Ballistic System (ABS) Body Armor Options:
Level III: Hard Body Armor, rifle rated for calibers up to 7.62x51 (.308 Win) at 2,780 feet per second
Level III ABS Body Armor features a natural curvature matching that of our full size chest plates creating a transition between plates. All ABS hard armor includes an integrated ABS profile Build Up coating for spall & fragmentation mitigation.
Level IIIA: Soft Body Armor, pistol rated for calibers up to .44 magnum
By design, our level IIIA ABS soft body armor naturally curves to your body when installed in the ABS pouch.
Abdominal Ballistic System (ABS) Compatibility:
ABS is compatible out of the box with all plate carriers which feature an open bottom cummerbund flap; and all plate carriers which feature an internal armor closure flap. If the cummerbund flap wraps around the bottom of the front plate pocket, the ABS Modular Adapter Kit is required.
Base Adapter (built-in): Velcro attachment flap which attaches to the inside of your plate carrier pocket, or the inside of your cummerbund flap.
(Compatible with AR500 Armor® Micro, Operator II, XL, Concealment, EPC, ELSA, and Quick Release Plate Carriers)
ABS Modular Adapter Kit: Attachment straps with G-hooks designed to loop through existing PALS webbing on the front of your plate carrier. Works in conjunction and does not interfere with your ability to run MOLLE pouches on your plate carrier. G-hooks attach to the ABS pouch, and the base Velcro attachment flap cleaning folds into the ABS pouch for storage.
(Compatible with all plate carriers which feature PALS webbing on the front, including Sentry, and Banshee Plate Carriers)
Build in attachment loops also allow for custom user attachment or can be used as additional attachment points.
*The Abdomen Ballistic System (ABS) is not designed to overlap with your existing chest plate, but to offer increased protection to your abdominal area while maintaining mobility, and allowing full functionality of the PALS webbing. It is normal & intended to have a gap between your chest plate and ABS body armor insert.


Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Approximate Weight (LBS) 5.2000
Armor Threat Rating Level IIIA multi-hit protection against .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr) and a velocity of 1470 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s) and with .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets with a specified mass of 15.6 g (240 grain) 1430 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s)
Armor Level No
Dimensions 9.5" x 6"
Armor Shelf Life 5 Years
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

An excellent addition to your carrier Review by DAVID Verified Purchase
Small and light, attaches easily and quickly, wish you could get level 3+ lightweight. (Posted on 5/5/2020)
A+ Upgrade to your Carrier Review by Richard B Verified Purchase
I own a variety of similar style pouches and packs that attach via the velcro like this product, but this is the best. I just bought an additional two because my first one worked out so well.

It offers the best protection and still lets me move quickly.

My biggest problem is with the molle webbing , it is inconsistent in some sections. I reached out to AR500 hoping for some custom slick ABS but was told no, so hopefully someday they offer it.

It would be my only complaint, better without the webbing in some cases.

Otherwise, this has my vote for what you have been looking for. (Posted on 7/18/2019)
Good, but could benefit from more options. Review by DJ
The carrier itself is nice, fits nicely on my Testudo carrier, rides reasonably well while moving. Price is perfectly reasonable. The biggest drawback is how limiting the plate selection is, there is no Level III+ or IV plates available, as well as no lightweight hard armor options. (Posted on 1/9/2019)

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