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Old 11-12-2011, 14:01   #1
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Rifle Plates

Looking to purchase a set of plates for my carrier that I use on higher risk calls. Just a regular patrol officer but I would like the added protection. Anyway I have it narrowed down to either international armor's level 3 titanium plate or max pro police's level 4 plate. Both are roughly the same price. Does anybody have experience with either? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance


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Old 11-12-2011, 15:50   #2
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Both look to be the same weight too. Level 3 plates are generally certified multi-hit. The NIJ requirement for a level 4 is to stop one 30-06 armor piercing round. Personally, I'd opt for a level 3 that is rated to stop multiple hits from the SS 109 5.56 penetrator round, a not uncommon threat. I see Protech Tactical has a 2120-5 Type III Rifle Plate that is 2 lbs lighter. Not sure if it is 'special threat" rated, or what the price is. I am years out of the game and may have the NIJ standards wrong, but would advise multi-hit capability and the ability to stop the SS109. Good luck.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:30   #3
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:38   #4
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Both look to be the same weight too. Level 3 plates are generally certified multi-hit. The NIJ requirement for a level 4 is to stop one 30-06 armor piercing round. Personally, I'd opt for a level 3 that is rated to stop multiple hits from the SS 109 5.56 penetrator round, a not uncommon threat. I see Protech Tactical has a 2120-5 Type III Rifle Plate that is 2 lbs lighter. Not sure if it is 'special threat" rated, or what the price is. I am years out of the game and may have the NIJ standards wrong, but would advise multi-hit capability and the ability to stop the SS109. Good luck.
i wasn't too sure about the difference between 3 and 4. Far as i can tell the 4 is only rated for 1 AP 30-06 like you stated. I would much rather have the multi-hit capability of the 3. There is a pretty awesome video of the IA plate taking multiple rounds. i'll link to it below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz7Xk37X82I

IA Plate:
http://www.internationalbodyarmor.co...TitaniumPlate/

Max Pro Plate:
http://www.qmuniforms.com/Brands/Max...el-IV.axd#tabs
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:53   #5
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When did rifle plates get so cheap? I always thought they were in the 600-800 range.
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When did rifle plates get so cheap? I always thought they were in the 600-800 range.
the ESAPI "mil-spec" plates are still that expensive, but there are a lot in the 200-300 range.
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Old 11-13-2011, 14:39   #7
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It was my understanding (and maybe I'm wrong) that level 4 plates were rated for everything that a level 3 can take, or 1 round of 30-06 AP. Obviously that doesn't mean you can shoot the 4 with a ton of .223 AP and then expect it to stop 30-06, rather that if it's rated to stop 1 round of 30-06, it'll stop multiple rounds of 5.56 also. Again, not an expert, but that was my understanding of it.

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