• Costa Ludus Armis


    Worn by the Prepared, Designed to Protect, Built to Prevail

    The new Armis Plate is our lightest and most ergonomic armor plate to date.  After testing Steel Ops armor himself, Chris Costa of Costa Ludus basically demanded we create a custom plate built to his specs.  Through trial and error this plate is the result of that collaboration. The Armis features our "Urban Cut" shape that is unique to any armor plate on the market.  It is the first plate to feature our new Tri-Curve fit which not only improves how the plate sits against the chest but also distributes weight across muscle mass to decrease "felt weight".  Two curves bring the bottom corners into the appendix area and a third curve brings the top of the plate closer to the chest to eliminate the "shelf" commonly felt on single curve plates.  Like our other armor plates, the Armis features NIJ 0108.01 Level III Certified 5mm AR-600 steel at its core and maintains the industry's "+" designation for its ability to stop M193 and M855 at 3100fps our GT Advanced Ballistic Coating which is applied using a proprietary steel preparation method ensuring unparalleled encapsulation of fragmentation.  Testing has proven the Armis capable of encapsulating over 3000 grains of ammunition on a single plate.  This much anticipated armor is the culmination of expert development & industry leading manufacturing. The Armis changes steel armor in a way you have to feel to believe.  


    Level 3+ 8.75"x11.5" Tri-Curve NIJ 0108.01 5mm AR-600 "Urban Cut" Fully Coated Armor Plate: ~6lbs (+/-5%)


    With an NIJ 0108.01 Certification for Level III and a "+" rating for special threats, our 5mm AR-600 steel changes the game in terms of what steel armor has historically been capable of.  Many steel armor plates fall victim to the popular M855 or M193 rounds particularly at velocities of 3000fps or more.  Not ours.  Steel Ops armor has been tested effective at stopping and fully encapsulating the .308 at 2750fps as well as the M855 and M193 rounds from 20" barrels at velocities exceeding 3100fps and distances as close as 10ft!   


    Many ceramic plates weigh at 8lbs or more.  Composite and UHMWPE plates are light, but they can fall victim to the popular M855 round and/or create significantly more back face deformation and blunt force trauma.  Some popular composite plates are not even capable of stopping the common 7.62x51 or .308 round and fail to maintain an NIJ Certification of any kind.  Weight and protection value have always been a trade off, but not with the Armis. It is our lightest plate yet and the finished weight is only 6lbs (+/- 5%) per plate!.  Thats right, the Armis Plate weighs +2lbs less than many ceramic plates and is 25%-35% lighter than other steel armor.  The 5mm (3/16") ISO Certified AR-600 core for dramatically reduces weight compared to ceramics, increases stopping power over AR-500 steel armor, and dissipates blunt force energy better than any composite or UHMWPE armor ever will, all while providing both Level III and special threat protection against M193 and M855 @ 3100fps!  


    Worried about multiple hits? You should be.  Generally when people shoot at you they're going to shoot more than once.  Back face deformation is a widely forgotten principle with many types of armor and this is where Steel Ops shines above all others. Watch a single Steel Ops plate take hits in succession from M855 @ 10ft, M193 @10ft, 7.62x39 steel core @ 10ft, .308 @ 60ft,  30-06 @ 60ft, and finally 12ga slug at 20ft... all on the same plate with no penetrations and full encapsulation.  The back face deformation is almost unnoticeable which translates into you being able to take a hit and stay in the fight.  Watch the test HERE.  To watch a ballistic clay test showing actual back face deformation scroll to the bottom of this page. 


    Most composite or ceramic armor is almost 7/8"-1" thick making movement and shouldering more difficult.  With a finished thickness of ~7/16" the Armis is half the thickness of other armor making it some of the thinnest armor on the market. Thinner steel armor exists but only by sacrificing the quality and thickness of the coating. Steel Ops armor is simply the thinnest and most durable fully coated armor available.    


    The Armis comes standard with the new Steel Ops "Tri-Curve" profile.  This moves the bottom two corners toward the appendix and the top of the plates towards the chest.  All of this is done using a fracture free bending process which is then verified with dye penetration tests to ensure every plate is perfect.  This curvature design not only maximizes movement but it reduces felt weight on the shoulders.  The Armis provides a true 8-3/4" x 11-1/2" edge to edge protection area unlike many "lightweight" ceramic plates that only provide protective coverage starting at 1" in from the edge. 


    All Steel Op's plates feature our latest GT Advanced Arma Guard ballistic coating. This coating has been tested effective for encapsulating 99% of bullet fragments from 15 rounds of Steel Core 5.56 at only 10ft and up to 20 rounds of 9mm at only 10ft away. The coating was developed for the United States Military as an anti-fragmentation coating on the bottom of MRAP vehicles to protect against IEDs.  Its effectiveness has yet to be matched by other products on the market and frequently outperforms common coatings such as Line-X or Rhino Linings.  Stop buying truck bed liner with a fancy name folks!  At Steel Ops we don't offer "Base Coats" or "Build Up Coats".  All of our armor receives a full 188-200 mil coating.  This is the same thickness that you pay extra for when you buy the other company's "Build-Up Coat".  Don't pay more for something that should be standard, and never use steel armor with less than 188 mils.    


    Worried about angled impacts?  Our armor & coating has been tested effective at encapsulating 95%-99% of fragmentation at 45 degree angles, and 80%-90% of fragmentation at 60 degree angles. Even at ambush angles these plates stop fragmentation better than ceramics which have no fragmentation control at all. Remember, ANY hard surface can create fragmentation, not just steel.   Watch as we test a plate against M855 at 45 and 60 degree angles from only 10ft away by clicking HERE.  


    It is imperative that all categories are taken into consideration when purchasing armor. Weight, Cost, Durability, Back Face Deformation, Protection Level, Fragmentation Control, Shelf Life, and Special Threat Protection are all things you should consider when buying armor. The Armis offers superior performance in all categories and is the culmination of expert development and industry leading manufacturing.  Check out our "Use It, Don't Lose It" armor replacement policy under the "Terms" tab at the bottom of the page.  Choose wisely and remember not all armor is created equal. 


    124 Grain 9mm FMJ & SHP @ Point Blank - 1000+ fps

    55 Grain FMJ 5.56 @ 10ft - 3100 fps

    62 Grain Steel Core 5.56 LAP (Green Tip) @ 10ft - 3100 fps 

    123 Grain Steel Core 7.62x39 @ 10ft - 2500 fps

    148 Grain Lead Core 7.62x51 (.308) @ 30ft - 2750 fps

    150 Grain Lead Core 30-06 @ 60ft - 2700 fps

    350 Grain Lead Core 458 SOCOM @ 20ft - 1800 fps

    1oz 12ga Slug @ 20ft - 1800 fps


    Steel Plate:  8.75" x 11.5" x 5mm AR-600 Steel Panel, Tri Curve: 1/2 lower abdomen curve, 1/2" upper chest curve

    Finished Coated Plate: ~9" x 11.75" x 7/16" (+/- 1/16") - ~6lbs (+/- 5%) 

    Ballistic Coating: "GT Advanced Arma Guard" - Strikeface ~200 mils, Backside ~45 mils

    Rating: Level III+ (Steel is NIJ 0108.01 Level III Certified and is special threat rated for M193 & M855 at 3100fps)

    Shelf Life: 25 years, fully submersible, no inspection necessary if dropped


    XP Plate Demo Video

    Angled Impact Test Video 

    Ballistic Clay Test

    In an effort to continually improve our quality control and deliver a more thorough product all armor plates manufactured after January 1st, 2018 will have a "core test sample point" on the back of the plate. This sample point will look like a small 1/8" hole in the coating on the backside of the plate located within a square on the label. This is not a hole in the steel and you will be able to see raw steel inside. This is not a flaw and this hole is intentional.  This sample point is part of an exhaustive quality control process to ensure that our coating, the steel, and the bonding properties between the two are correct.  Although the coating does not entirely envelope the plate, this sample point does not in any way impact the durability, stopping power, fragmentation control, or overall effectiveness.  This is simply for us to ensure that these plates are being made to our rigorous specifications.  We are proud that we have never once had to issue a recall and this is one more way to guarantee that will continue.  Should you ever find a flaw in the coating outside of the designated "core test sample point" box, please let us know. For any questions or concerns please contact our office by clicking here 
    Steel Ops body armor is regulated by the Office of Export Enforcement and is subject to Export Commodity Control Number 1A613 d.2 referenced in Part 774 of U.S. Commerce Control List.  Shipments outside the US will require additional fee's and qualifications. All International orders may be subject to denial or refund at Steel Ops' discretion. Waivers and Licensing are possible for certain shipments. Please contact our office prior to placing an international order otherwise your order may be canceled and or delayed. 
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