• Pro Plate


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    "The Steel Armor that actually works"

    The curved Level III+ Pro Plate uses the same lightweight steel as our XP plate and Armis Plate. The plate is NIJ 0108.01 Certified for Level III and actually far exceeds those standards.  This plate comes in at ~1lb less than our XP Plate, so for those who are trying to get a lighter plate without sacrificing a lot of protection the Pro Plate is the perfect fit.  The Pro Plate is ideal for vehicle kits, home defense, and urban combat scenarios.  Many law enforcement officers utilize the Pro Plate as a front plate enabling easier handgun manipulation and an XP plate in the rear to balance out the weight of mags up front.    


    Level 3+ 10"x12" Single Curve NIJ 0108.01 5mm AR-600 "Swimmers Cut" Fully Coated Armor Plate: ~6.6lbs (+/-5%)



    With an NIJ 0108.01 Certification for Level III and a "+" rating for special threats, the Pro Plate is changing the game in terms of what steel armor is capable of.  Many steel armor plates fall victim to the popular M855 or M193 rounds particularly at distances of less than 30ft or from barrels of 20" or more.  Not the Pro Plate though.  It has been tested effective at stopping and fully encapsulating the .308 at 2750fps as well as both M855 and M193 out of a 20" barrel at only 10ft away!  


    Most 100% ceramic plates weigh in at 8lbs or more.  Composite plates are light, but they can fall victim to the popular M855 round and create significantly more backface deformation and blunt force trauma than steel.  The Pro Plate is the perfect balance and is the lightest full-size armor plate we offer.  The final weight of these plates is only 6.6lbs (+/- 5%).  Thats right, the Pro Plate weighs almost 1.5lbs less than 100% ceramic and is 25%-30% lighter than other steel armor.  We use a 5mm (3/16) ISO Certified AR-600 core for these plates which dramatically reduces weight compared to ceramics, increases stopping power over AR-500 steel armor, and dissipates blunt force energy better than any composite armor.  It does all this while still providing special threat protection against M855 and M193 rounds at as little as 10ft!  

    Looking for an even lighter plate? Check out the all new Costa Ludus Armis plate coming in at only ~6lbs! 


    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 from M855 @ 10ft, then M193 @10ft, then 7.62x39 steel core @ 10ft, then .308 @ 60ft, then 30-06 @ 60ft, and finally 12ga slug at 20ft... all on the same plate! No penetrations, full encapsulation, no tears in the carrier.  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.  


    Most composite or ceramic armor is almost 7/8"-1" thick making movement and shouldering more difficult.  With a finished thickness of ~7/16" this is also some of the thinnest armor on the market. You may be able to find thinner steel armor but not without sacrificing the thickness of the ballistic coating. Steel Ops armor is simply the thinnest, most durable, fully coated armor available.    


    The Pro Plate comes standard with the new Steel Ops "True Curve" profile which gives the shooter a more ergonomic fit to the body while providing a fracture free bending process on the steel.  It tappers at all corners for "swimmer's cut" fit and has a larger shoulder cut for reduced weight and easier shouldering compared to our XP Plate. The design maximizes movement and provides a true 10" x 12" protection area unlike many ceramic or composite plates that measure 10"x12" but only provide 8"x10" of protective coverage. 

    Looking for even more ergonomics? Check out the new Costa Ludus Armis plate featuring our "Tri-Curve" fit. 


    The Pro Plate features Steel Op's 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 actually 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 type angles these plates provide life saving protection better than ceramics which have no fragmentation control or composites that simply allow the bullet to pass thru.  Watch as we test the XP plate at 45 and 60 degree angles from only 10ft away by clicking HERE.  


    Its 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 Pro Plate and XP Plate both offer superior performance in all categories and that is why they are quickly becoming the chosen armor for active LE and security professionals across the country.  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 - 3000 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


    Raw Armor: (we do not offer raw, uncoated, or "Base Coated" plates)

    10" x 12" x 5mm AR-600 Steel Panel, Single ~9/16 body curve, swimmers cut 

    Coated Armor:

     ~10.25" x 12.25" x 7/16" (+/- 1/16"), ~6.8lbs (+/- 5%) 

    Rating: Level III+ (Plate is NIJ 0108.01 Level III Certified and special threat rated for M193 & M855)

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

    Shelf Life: 25 years, 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.