AR Freeman Plate Carrier with Armor Package

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The AR Freeman plate carrier and armor are designed to be a minimalist armor system that protects the heart and lungs.


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AR Freeman™ Modular Plate Carrier

The AR Freeman™ is a great carrier for the citizen who wants easy don and doff of a minimal footprint carrier with all the protection of NIJ compliant Level III plates. Compact in size it will travel well or take up little space next to your bed. For citizens who already have a full-sized carrier this is the prefect addition of armor for home protection or for smaller family members. The small footprint also makes it an excellent choice for competitive shooters as well who may have to wear body armor during competitions but don’t want to be weighted down and restricted in their movements by the extra pouches and gear on their operational carrier.

The key here is the specially cut 9” x 9” octagonal NIJ 0101.06 standard Level III plates, at 5 lbs. each +/- 10%, which provide vitals coverage with no restrictions to your movements or the positioning and firing of your weapon. The AR Freeman™ carrier is made of a laser cut laminate Cordura front, and 500D back with enough MOLLE for up to three (3) magazine pouches. There is Velcro on the front and back for ID patches, and on the inside for pontoons (comfort sets). The Hypalon shoulders make it perfect for shouldering a rifle unobstructed and in comfort. The single buckle sides make for quick donning and doffing. Available in sizes from medium to XL in Black or Coyote. This is a great carrier for home, office, vehicle or your bug out location should things go south.

Colors: Black or Coyote
Armor Compatibility: Specially cut 9” x 9” octagonal NIJ 0101.06 standard Level III plates, at 5 lbs. each +/- 10%

Package Includes:

  • AR Freeman Carrier
  • (2) AR500 Armor® Steel 9" x 9" Body Armor (Flat, Base Coat)

AR Freeman™ Modular Plate Carrier Features:

    • Professional grade craftsmanship and components
    • MOLLE system to accommodate up to three (3) magazine pouches
    • Rugged adjustable and Removeable Side Buckles
    • Hypalon shoulders for weapons comfort
    • Impact resistant USA Made Buckles
    • Laminated laser-cut Cordura front, Cordura 500D Nylon back


Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Approximate Weight (LBS) 13.6000
Plate Carrier Type AR Freeman
Carrier Manufacturer AR500 Armor (Vietnam)
Cummerbund No Cummerbund
Carrier Construction Material 500D Nylon
Largest Supported Plate Size Custom Size
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

Affordable, concealable, minimalist, Spartan Review by Lance
Tested the plates. Blocked .45 ACP and 5.56x45mm like it was nothing. Only thing damaged was the plastic. Good for me as an EMT/Paramedic in training because it gives me low profile high quality personal protection and covers my vital organs. Cheap, but not cheaply made. Good quality ballistic steel, one size fits most, and a decent carrying system. Would recommend. (Posted on 5/4/2020)
Great product, wishing there was level III+ Review by Snake
Well made carrier. The flat plates are difficult to conceal, I'd recommend the multi-curve if concealment needed. I like the minimalist design. Great size for kids. The flat is good for a backpack storage.

The molle on the front gapes open when the plate is inside. I guess only an issue if you don't put anything on it. Guess I didn't realize these are only level III, would like a level III+ option.

I'd like to see an option for a carrier with all slick for concealment; with multi-curve plate this would be a great concealment carrier with a light jacket. And would like an adaptive insert that fits these plates so I could run them with the Invictus and other carriers under certain conditions, would really make this size and shape of plate versatile. (Posted on 4/20/2020)
Great product Review by Richard Verified Purchase
Just got it in today and have been wearing it around town all day getting used to it. It's been great so far and concealable, cant wait to use it with my work gear both concealed and on the outside! (Posted on 4/20/2020)
Perfect size for smaller people Review by Joseph Verified Purchase
I'm 5,9" 130 lbs. and this fits me perfectly. It fits me like normal size armor carriers fit normal size people. Super lightweight and very concealable under a hoodie or even sweatshirt. Can't believe what a great price this package is and how well made it feels. Gonna order another for my car. (Posted on 4/9/2020)
Perfect for Civilians Review by ThatGuy Verified Purchase
Received mine...went with the multicurve option...mounted the plates with the widest portion on the bottom...fits great. Easy on and off...with the molle up front you can attach your med kit, knife and radio pouch without much problem. (Posted on 4/3/2020)
High quality, but small. Review by Michael Verified Purchase
This plate carrier system is terrific. Easy to fit and I like that it can accommodate a 3 mag pistol or ar pouch. Mine didn’t come with the cool AR500 logo patch, though. Can you guys mail me one? (Posted on 3/16/2020)
Great for the price, quality, package, everything. Review by Joshua
Hi, I ordered this about 3 months back- I gotta say, I was surprised to see how concealable and discreet the plate carrier itself is, for as thin and almost weak feeling it may seem; its durable. And the plates, oh my gosh the plates feel great. So light yet sturdy, and covers you in the most important places, cut in a way that feels actually helpful to the body and movements while wearing it. This may be my first real set of plates and real plate carrier, but I have also worn a fairly smaller plate carrier of it's kind with 3 built in pouches and 2 thick training SAPI plates, and I gotta say this is much better and real protection! My only complaint is it seems no matter how much I adjust the shoulder straps to the side straps it doesnt feel like I can get a completly comfortable fit without the shoulder straps seeming to hang too low or the side straps not seeming tight enough. Thank you AR for creating affordable and comfortable protection. (Posted on 3/1/2020)
Affordable small and easy plate carrier Review by Wil
This item is affordable and small. Perfect for an in car quick roll out setup.
There is not much real estate on the carrier but enough for a double rifle/triple pistol kangaroo pouch.
The laser cut Molle safely and securely held 40 rounds of .308 and 39 rounds of .45. after being in the back of my Jeep for almost a year there is no stretching or damage to the slots, which was my concern.
This is perfect for carrying in a small bugout bag and having with your vehicle. (Posted on 2/2/2020)
Minimalism at it's best Review by Matt
I have a great diversity of armor & carriers from around 40lb rigs completely loaded to this light weight sometimes forgot was wearing it number. Hasn't had any issues with being low vis or shifting, I'm 5'11" 210lbs & use this for work with one of my larger load outs behind driver seat for special occasions. Would recommend the purchase of this lil guy probably gonna buy few more to spread around the family (Posted on 1/3/2020)
Handy little carrier Review by PhantomCruiser
My wonderful wife has been on a "prepper" kick for some time now. I got her this plate carrier to go with her "get home bag" she keeps in her car. Outfitted with a triple-mag pouch, she can still wear it under an light windbreaker and she's pretty incognito.
The advantage of her prepper kick she's on... I'm getting gear out of the deal too :)
I've got a Testudo carrier on the way for me, plus I may have build a few range toys over the Christmas break. (Posted on 12/31/2019)
I love it!!! Review by Jon Verified Purchase
I bought this for my daughter.
Lightweight and fits great (Posted on 12/26/2019)
Awesome Review by Cooper Verified Purchase
Love this so much I'm not a very big guy I weight around 130 lbs and it fits perfectly it can snug down under my sweat shirt or over my uniform 100% recomend my friend is ordering one on payday. Definitely worth the wait time will buy my next carrier from you guys (Posted on 12/22/2019)
Fit to form Review by Richard
I am very pleased with the quality and design of the carrier. The plates were ordered with the buildup coating. Trauma pads also. The carrier positions the plates right where they’re needed. I am short and stout. Not quite like the tea pot but, getting there. If the side straps were about two inches longer it would be a better fit. One size does not fit all comfortably. Must be the price for minimalist. Quality is great at a low cost. (Posted on 10/11/2019)
Perfect compact carrier! Review by JG619 Verified Purchase
This carrier setup is exactly what I was expecting and wanted. Compact, comfortable and great for on the go. Plenty of room for a few mag pouches, Ifak or TQs. Looks and feels well made with good materials and workmanship. Might need to pick up a couple more to stash around. Great kit! (Posted on 9/14/2019)
Too small but good for the money Review by Deion Verified Purchase
The plate carrier is very comfortable and lightweight but to me it is just a bit too small but it gets the job done, I think a 10x10 would have been a perfect size to get just a little more coverage. I also don’t like the shoulder straps being velcro, they hold their position but the excess strap just dangles freely, I used duct tape to hold them down. I really hope AR500 introduces accessories to expand on this platform but for now this is a simple grab and go minimalist carrier, no thrills ideal for better movement instead of coverage. Good for an emergency or someone looking to get into body armor for the first time without too much money. (Posted on 8/15/2019)
Change of Review Review by SKNR
Before, when I first got these I gave them a pretty bad review with I think only 2 stars. Now however, I have found a good use for the two sets I bought. I took my one full sized armor out of my rv and replaced it with two of these.. It saved so much space and weight! Eventually, I would like to get 1-2 more for stashing in my vehicle(s). THIS, is what I believe this armor package is great for! (Posted on 3/26/2019)
Good S*** Review by SlowIsSmooth
My PC came in yesterday and it does not disappoint. Extremely minimalistic, and as advertised it doesn't sacrifice real estate and provides maximum work space for efficient appendix draw while wearing it. This will definitely be my go to for range training, bedside readiness and my bug out kit, so I'll definitely be ordering at least 2 more. I really hope you guys plan on developing proprietary add on's to this plate carrier like a micro cummerbund. The only thing I could see being an issue is the shifting of the carrier when running or performing dynamic movements, but like I said, I think the addition of a micro style cummerbund would significantly mitigate that. I've watched different videos about plate carriers, which are worth it and heard criticisms like Mike of Garand Thumb, whom I admire and respect, as an Army Special Operations Veteran myself, his perspective on tactics, shooting and overall training philosophy...but he did say he doesn't subscribe to the reliability of AR500 armor. I understand many would argue why not save up until you can afford body armor costing you a month's worth of bills and I would inherently rebuttal that with the exact reason it would take a person who is constrained by financial responsibility to not just themselves, AR500 body armor is cost effective and let's face it; any protection regardless of the degree of that protection is better than nothing, additionally the consumer this is probably tailored to is the everyday citizen trying to "stay in the fight" or give themselves a fighting chance, not tier 1 operators running through sniper fire to assault an if anything, just know what your buying, its capabilities and its limitations. Bottom line, I highly recommend this product and it's featured at a no excuses price tag. (Posted on 3/21/2019)
Awesome Review by Gus
Light weight and easily concealed, this is the perfect set up to protect core vital areas on an adult OR to provide significant protection to smaller framed individuals or children. It is a solid, bullet proof purchase! (Posted on 2/23/2019)
Great minimalist plate carrier for the money. Review by Richard Verified Purchase
I've been looking for a carrier for some time now and being 5'3 (and 150 pounds of shredded muscle, I know, I'm short) I felt that most carriers would be too big or bulky on my frame. I knew I wanted to go with a slick style carrier as I think that would work better with my body type and size and I'm more into the minimalist type of set up.The Freeman fits great, it's nice and sleek, compact yet still covers all the vitals with the hexagonal plate design while allowing complete range of motion and does not hinder stock placement or rifle manipulation. The carrier itself is very sturdy and the straps make for a comfortable fit on the shoulders while allowing complete mobility and movement. Did I mention this thing is very light weight? I wore it today through my entire 1 hr workout which included deadlifts, squats, pull ups, dips, farmers carry, box jumps and didn't even notice the weight. I like that it is sleek enough to be worn under a jacket or hoodie for concealment if so desired. Overall I'm extremely pleased with the product and consider it a great purchase. (Posted on 2/20/2019)
Thumbs up Review by Goat
Got this because i carry appendix mostly and i can still move and draw with this carrier. Have worn for about an hour so far but have not worn to the range or daily activists and work. Little bumed i did get the build up coat at least on my front plate and would be cheaper to order now then when i pre ordered. (Posted on 2/20/2019)
A plate carrier for low vis situations and/or backup carry Review by Perfect Low Vis Carrier
I pre-ordered the AR Freeman carrier when it was first announced in 2018 and waited patiently for it to arrive. I was seeking level III protection that would be easily concealed under a hoodie as well as be light enough to wear for extended periods. I was intrigued by the 9x9 size plate that the Freeman was built around and believed that it would suit my needs perfectly. After a slight delivery delay was spectacularly handled by AR500, the Freeman arrived today. It was exactly what I was hoping it to be: A small plate carrier with reduced weight that disappears under a hoodie. As I fitted it and tried the jump test, draw test, etc. I realized that this would be a great plate carrier to carry in a go-bag as a backup. It's quick to get on and covers the heart and large, vital blood vessels surrounding it without being too bulky. I haven't tried attaching anything to the laser cut front because, let's be honest, I didn't buy it for that. Well done AR500 - this is exactly what I was looking for. (Posted on 2/13/2019)

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