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Level IV ALSC Body Armor


Get the highest protection level the industry can offer with our Level IV Ceramic, tested to stop .30 caliber armor-piercing bullets at 2,880 feet per second: A popular choice for military personnel, this plate is made in the shape of our ergonomic and weight-efficient Advanced Lightweight Shooters Cut, is developed 100% in-house in the United States, and is compatible with all our standard carriers.

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    For maximum protection against a high-grade military threat, Level IV (specifications below) is the best option the market can provide: AR500 Armor’s Level IV is tested to the NIJ’s proposed 0101.07 standard as an RF3 plate, which is the highest protection listed. This protection rating means the plate can stop a .30 caliber Armor Piercing bullet, with a mass of 10.8g, at speeds of up to 2,880 ft/s. The U.S. Military designation for this is an M2 AP.

    In addition to the higher protection level, this ceramic plate has several other advantages: Its shape and backface deformation resistance, patented ergonomic cut, and proprietary FragLock™ coating. 

    As noted in our Body Armor 101 page, ceramic plates prevail over PE plates in thickness and backface deformation resistance. While PE requires a high volume to capture incoming bullets, Ceramic dissipates the bullet’s impact across its front, a method that allows for a thinner plate (specifically, the Level IV at only .75” thick). It also allows for less backface deformation and thus helps prevent the injuries caused by the bullet’s blunt impact. It is also a bit lighter than some steel options.

    This plate’s edge design, the ergonomic Advanced Lightweight Shooters Cut, is a patented shape that keeps the vast majority of the coverage of a standard shape while saving on weight. It also features a steeper cut on the right side of the plate to allow for an easier time shouldering a rifle.

    Finally, the Level IV is also sprayed with a FragLock™ coating unique to Armored Republic plates. Armor is often liable to both eroding from the elements and fragmentation when hit by a bullet. FragLock™ helps solve both these problems, protecting the plate from the elements as well as protecting you from fragmentation by directing those fragments away from your body.

    For when you need maximum protection with as few drawbacks as possible, the features of the Level IV plate help get you exactly that.


    • Material: Ceramic, with FragLock Coating
    • Protection: .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).
    • Capability: Single-hit protection
    • Dimensions:
      • 10"x12"
        • Weight: 7.5 lbs
        • Thickness: 0.75" 
    • Shelf life: 5 years
    • Compatibility: Testudo, Veritas, Valkyrie, Independence & Invictus Carriers
    • Manufactured: United States
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    Armor 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 Size 10" x 12"
    Application Chest & Back
    Armor Features Made in USA, FragLock, Ambidextrous, Curved, Rifle Rated
    Armor Cut ALSC/Swimmers
    Armor Construction Material Ceramic

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