"The Steel Armor that actually works"The Level III+ Pro Plate features NIJ 0108.01 Certified Level III AR-600 Steel that actually far exceeds the Level III capabilities. It provides a swimmer cut shape which for most shooters will facilitate a handgun draw and weapon shouldering better than the XP Plate while also reducing weight by about .6lbs. The Pro Plate uses the same GT Advanced Ballistic Coating as other Steel Ops Armor. After extensive live fire testing with unparalleled results thousands of Law Enforcement and Security Professional are switching to these plates.
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:Level 3+ 10"x12" Single Curve NIJ 0108.01 5mm AR-600 "Swimmers Cut" Fully Coated 6.6lbs (+/-5%)
PROTECTION: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!
WEIGHT: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. The Pro Plate weighs ~6.6lbs which is far 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! Looking for the same protection level with a little less weight? Check out the all new Costa Ludus Armis!
MULTI-HIT CAPABILITY & BACK FACE DEFORMATION: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.
THICKNESS:Most composite or ceramic armor is almost 7/8"-1" thick making movement and shouldering more difficult. With a finished thickness of ~7/16" Steel Ops armor 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.
CURVE & SHAPE:The Pro Plate comes standard with a single ~1/2" body curve. This is done using a fracture free bending process which is then verified with dye penetration tests to ensure every plate is perfect. The plate provides true 10" x 12" edge to edge protection area unlike many "lightweight" 10"x12" plates that only provide 8"x10" protection area.
COATING: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.
ANGLED IMPACTS: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.
BEFORE YOU BUY: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. Steel Ops armor 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.
TESTED EFFECTIVE FOR NO PENETRATIONS:
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: 10" x 12" x 5mm AR-600 Steel Panel, Single Curve
Finished Coated Plate: ~10.25" x 12.25" x 7/16" (+/- 1/16") - ~6.6lbs (+/- 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
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XP Plate Demo Video
Angled Impact Test Video
Ballistic Clay Test