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10-02-2019 10:20 AM
Steelart99 FWIW, the BOGO sale being discussed appears to have ended
10-02-2019 12:11 AM
Originally Posted by AK_guy View Post
Those buy one get one free plates were flat plates. Not even single curve. No thanks.
False. I had the option of flat or curve.

I chose flat. I prefer flat plates for my rear plates anyway, so I swapped out some curved rear plates on other sets with flat plates. Worked out great! 4 Level III AR500 plates for around $40 each with shipping and tax. VERY happy...
10-02-2019 12:00 AM
AK_guy Those buy one get one free plates were flat plates. Not even single curve. No thanks.
10-01-2019 10:24 PM
Originally Posted by Surviving Suburbia View Post
Where'd you find that????

Asking for a friend.
Last month's promo. Might still be going on. Wait time was about a month.
10-01-2019 08:47 PM
Surviving Suburbia
Originally Posted by leadcounsel View Post
I picked up a set of AR500 Level III buy one and get one free recently. 65 bucks per set plus tax/shipping.
Where'd you find that????

Asking for a friend.
10-01-2019 07:13 PM
AK_guy I already have steel plates. I'm getting these too.
10-01-2019 06:49 PM
Daniel8 Eh... NM point buying plate for SHTF unless your getting level IV!
I have some ceramic and just bought some high quality steel from spartan.
The ceramic is better for weight but also have to think about the fact that your probably going to break a rib if you get shot and its going to knock you down and you'll be out of the fight. Ceramic works for the army cause they have more plates and lots of back up.
I'd say go with quality steel even though its heavier. That said I do have 2 sets of ceramic.
10-01-2019 06:06 PM
leadcounsel I picked up a set of AR500 Level III buy one and get one free recently. 65 bucks per set plus tax/shipping. I have numerous sets of III, III+, and IV ceramics and steel and several carriers. Lots of setups for stationary or mobile.

One has to assess factors such as ability and needs (e.g. mobile versus stationary defense). Since .3006 and AP ammo (5.45) exists everywhere, it's impossible to "predict your threats."

Also, how much coverage is needed/considered?

More reasonable to predict your needs on stationary (heavy/better) versus mobile (light weight with some sacrifices).

But the 8 lb x 2 plates for 16 lbs are not significantly more than the 3lb x 2 plates for 6 lbs. A net savings of 10 lbs spread among the upper body isn't "knee blow out" category for an adult in good health.

The long-term advantages of steel are cost (buy more or different armor or equipment, such as a helmet with the costs savings), durability (multi-hit, drop damage proof), and longevity (steel is forever, versus ceramics and polymers which break down in a decade or two). Considering there's at least some likelihood of body armor bans, longevity is a serious consideration.

Again, 10 more pounds of armor is negligible IMO given the durability, longevity, and costs considerations.
10-01-2019 05:32 PM
ROCK6 If you're actually training in Level IV plates, you're more likely to die from a heat stroke or blow out your knees...just for some extremely low probability of being shot by AP ammo? No thanks.

I want the lightest Level III+ plates that will stop 855. I have no desire to wear 16+pounds of armor.

10-01-2019 06:53 AM
Disturbed70 I'd do some serious analysis on likely threats in your area, before dropping any coin on Lvl IV. Level III STs will cover the vast majority of likely threats for most of us, and will save you a ton of weight.

I own some LVl IV, but only because my PD issued them. I haven't used them, ever. I default to my personal III Sts.
10-01-2019 01:14 AM
weapons_762 ran across those plates a few weeks ago, looks good
09-30-2019 09:53 PM
Level IV Body Armor

I found this through the interwebs today. Thought I would pass it along.
Level IV body armor 10"x12" ceramic plates for $135 each. I do not have any affiliation with this company. Website says they are made in Centerville, Iowa.
I'm planning on ordering some soon.

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