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AR500 Armor® Level III+ Lightweight Patented ASC Body Armor 10" x 12" (6.5lbs)

115 USD

SKU: 3+LWFS10x12

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

AR500 Armor® Patented Lightweight 10” x 12” Level III+ ASC Body Armor (Advanced Shooters Cut), Generation III

Size & Cut: 10" x 12" Advanced Shooters Cut (ASC), can be worn in conjunction with soft body armor plates

Approximate Weight: 6.5lbs (± 10% due to hand spraying base coat)

Our level III+ Lightweight armor ballistic core performance and balance of achieving multi-hit performance within its designated threat level; rounds exceeding the armors limitations and threat level or extreme multi-hit scenarios may cause the armor to crack upon impact. This result is normal and significantly reduces the rounds velocity, if not completely defeating, opposed to through and through penetration.


Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Approximate Weight (LBS) 6.5000
Armor Level Level III+ LW
Armor Threat Rating Level III+ LW multi-hit protection against calibers up to 5.56x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109 at 3,000 FPS (+/- 30FPS) and 7.62x39(ie AK-47), 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (ie .308) at 2,850 FPS. Not rated for AP rounds.
Dimensions 10" x 12"
Armor Construction Material Ballistic steel core
Armor Shelf Life 20 Years
Approximate Thickness 0.21"
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

Great product and customer service. Review by TJ
Very happy with the plates and the customer service. The lead time is kind of crazy tho. Was quoted 4-5 weeks and after 6 weeks I called. Customer service was very helpful. They reviewed my order and suggested a different product. Changed the order and the plates shipped the same day. Overall a positive experience. (Posted on 1/7/2020)
Price to performance ratio, I dont think you find a better deal on the market. I am very happy with the quality. Review by Bruce
The whole system works very well together. For these plates in particular I was very happy with the design and execution. I purchased the spall coating for these as well and it seems to be very well and evenly applied to the plates. Let's face it if you are facing down level IV threats and are not in the military or a LEO, there are several other things that have gone very sideways on you and you should not be there in the first place. For those types of round to be used you are in a fully non permissive environment and it is going to be a bad day.

For the more realistic, level III should be fine for you just wanting to have the added peace of mind. This is not something you are going to be pulling out and walking down the street with, this is the oh hell the world is falling apart gear, I need to protect my family stuff. I know several officers that are using these in their active shooter vests, if it is good enough for that mission, you will be fine.

I have personally recommended these plates to friends and family that have checked them out and agree they are amazing for what level they can handle. We are a large family of public safety professionals - Active and Retired.

I spent my money on them...
(Posted on 8/26/2019)
I was going to order just one plate for the front, because I run towards the gun fire. Eric pointed out for balance and to save your back muscles two plates would work best. I ordered the Concealment Hard Armor Package. Ordered on a friday came in the mail on tuesday that's on FOUR AND A HALF DAYS. Everything fits great. Bought this for me to wear during security duty at my church. (PTLAPTA) Praise the Lord and pass the ammo. Thank you. (Posted on 6/18/2019)
Okay Review by Trevor Verified Purchase
Plates took very long to get to me. I like the plate itself, but the plate is not multi curve, it is single curve. This product is not as advertised. I would still buy it, but they need to properly describe their products. (Posted on 3/23/2019)
Awesome Kit Review by T
Recently purchased two of these with the spall build up and multi curve as well as their Testudo Gen 2 PC. Absolutely awesome. Plates are very well done and extremely tough. Light as good steel armor can possibly be. The Testudo Gen 2 is extremely comfortable to wear. Look no further. This stuff is as good as it gets for tough as nails, high quality kit. Great job, AR500! (Posted on 1/25/2018)
Seems well made. Review by Mack
I was lucky enough to get these with the Testudo promotion! With my lack of experience of getting shot at considered.... seems really well made and light weight. I would buy these at full price over again... I'm not worried about them not rated for AP rounds. Lets face the truth...if someone is aiming at you and sending AP rounds...$300 worth of plates wont get you out of the mess you would be in anyway. Thanks ar500 armor for the great product!!! (Posted on 5/15/2017)
Great Review by Jason Verified Purchase
Very lightweight and strong (Posted on 5/1/2017)
Review from Nathan Hale Review by Nathan Hale
I bought a set of these with build up and multi-curve for when I'm assigned to an area where I know theres an increased chance of threats that my daily IIIA vest just can't handle and was overall very pleased. My order was at my door within 5 weeks which blew the 17 week lead time out of the water.

-Weight (if you complain about the weight you haven't worn body armor before, let alone for an extended period of time. Its armor, not a pillow)
-Multi-hit capability that can't be found in ceramic or UHMWPE
-Cut covers the vital areas quite well, unless you are quite tall then the 11X14 will do the trick. Hate to break it to the "big" guys (i would fall into that category too so don't get all bent out of shape) but no matter how much you tack on your vital area remains the same.

-"Multi-curve": The only reason this is in quotes is because I was expecting to have curves a little more similar to those found on sapi plates. Instead there is only a noticeable curve along the "y axis". Regardless, it still fits to the contours of most torsos quite well.
(Posted on 8/9/2016)
Review from Nicholas Johnson Review by Nicholas Johnson
This plate in multi-curve fits well into the Condor Modular Operator Plate Carrier (MOPC) front pouch. The curvature is slight, and you would probably be fine to go with a single curve plate for the front, or even flat for the back. (Posted on 8/4/2016)
Review from Christopher Wilson Review by Christopher Wilson
After years of a full army IBA with e SAPI plates this armor is feather light by comparison. 5/5 I have recommended this plate to all my friends. (Posted on 6/16/2016)

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