Spall/Frag Test Videos

7 years ago, we challenged the industry by bringing steel armor into the modern age with advanced metallurgy and never seen frag containment. Not all armor is created equal, and on the same premise, not all frag, and spall containment systems are created equal. Within the steel armor industry there is a common misconception and generalization that all steel is the same, and all coatings are the same. To this date, we hold the title of being the most independently tested and scrutinized armor manufacture in the industry with industry leading performance in both metallurgy in our steel armor, and propriety polyurea formulas engineered specially for ballistic applications. Watch the 4-part series below to learn all things about Frag & Spall on body armor, against all common rifle rated armor systems, Steel, Ceramic, and PE.

Part 4: Frag/Spall, Level III PE & Steel, 5.56 M855 Green tip - What happens?

This series is designed to address misconceptions in the armor market between systems. Parts 1 though 4 test AR500 Armor® systems in comparison to other common systems on the market for both penetration and fragmentation.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Demonstrated in these videos we dive, with depth, into common questions, and the issue of generalization within the armor industry.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The key take away is, not all armor is created equal. Not all coatings are created equal, and not all threat levels are created equal.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣

Part 3: Does Ceramic (Level IV) Armor Spall/Frag? - We test with .300 Win Mag

An internet phenomenon about steel body armor and fragmentation exists. Rightfully so. We solved this deficiency nearly 7 years ago by bringing our Build-Up coat to market, which is a special coating artfully applied by our craftsman to mitigate fragmentation on steel armor. Through this time, our product has held the test of time, and we’re proud our brand has held up to the scrutiny of being the most independent armor manufacturer in the industry. From this, a few questions are left standing. What is the comparison? Is steel armor the only armor synonymous with fragmentation, or do other armor systems frag as well? Why is steel armor scrutinized to such a high degree and other armor systems are not? The answers lies within this video, where we test a popular Level IV Ceramic armor system in the same test conditions of our steel level III, and III+ systems. To address one final concern. We’d encourage you to view armor and armor manufactures out of a generalized vision. Not all Armor is created equal, not all steel is created equal, and not all frag mitigation coatings are created equal. Find what works for you through due diligence and research and you’ll end up with the most effective product for your needs and budget.

Part 2: .300 Win Mag & Steel Armor & Frag/Spall - Can it be contained?? - AR500 Armor®

We started it all and continue lead the way. The AR500 Armor® brand has developed over the past 7 years perfecting the art and craftsmanship of affordable and reliable steel body armor proudly manufacture in-house in Phoenix, Arizona. Starting with the launch of our Build-Up coat in 2012, we resolved an age old issue that plagued old (and some current) iterations of steel body armor. Not all armor is created equal, not all steel armor is created equal, and not all fragmentation coatings are created equal.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ It doesn’t stop there, we offer the full spectrum of armor solutions from Ceramic, PE, and Soft armor systems in addition to a full range of in house designed and manufactured Plate Carriers, Tactical Nylon Gear, and Medical Kits.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⚠ You won’t want to miss this series. You will be surprised. It only gets better from here.

Part 1: Steel Armor & Frag/Spall - Can it be contained?? - AR500 Armor®

Frag & Spall, how do we handle it? Multiple videos in this series, so you won’t want to miss it! Check back as they drop in the coming weeks. Containing front side Fragmentation (sometimes referred to as Spall) on steel armor is a large topic of discussion, and stems from dated practices as well as, horrifying as it may be, from some current applications of frag/spall coatings that are sprayed on steel as body armor with unscrupulous intent. AR500 Armor® revolutionized steel core body armor 7 years ago by being the first to market with our Build-Up frag/spall mitigation Build-Up coat. Since then, we’ve continued to master the application process, which we deem an art form, using artisan level skilled craftsmen of the Armored Republic®. Through this journey, we’ve continually advanced and improved our polyurea formula to be the most effective possible at containing fragmentation on impact with our Build-Up Coat. Things we do different include a proper blend of polyurea designed specifically for blast and frag mitigation. What this means is our coating has the proper balance of elasticity allowing it to expand, absorb, and contain a round, without being too brittle. This dedication to the craft and being the industry leader in quality, price, and affordability is the driving force behind the continued innovation and performance of our Build-Up coat. There are many alternatives, but there is only one AR500 Armor®. Not all frag/spall coatings are created equal. Things to keep an eye out for are cost savings measures during the prep process, low quality and unskilled application of material, improper build-up depth, cure, and drying times, and use of generic Polyurea blends typically designed for truck bed lining or UV protection. Keep in mind that a product designed for truck bed lining would favor hardness versus elasticity for more durability and resistance to loading and unloading. Using off the shelf products as a frag and spall coating is essentially repurposing a product intended for a completely different use with an attempt at containing fragmentation. The result is generally less than ideal. Regardless if you purchase form us or not, our goal is to educate, allowing you to make a well-informed decision on the best armor system for you.
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