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    I am currently looking to set up an active shooter vest to keep in the back of my patrol vehicle and hopefully use in the future on our SWAT team. With the vast amount of knowledge on this site I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of a good place to find some level IV stand alone plates. I have found a couple of sites that have been helpful but I figured there were others on here who might have already made a purchase and have been pleased.

    Right now these are two of the options I am currently looking at. Let me know what you guys/gals think.

    http://www.uscav.com/productinfo.asp...548&catid=2759

    http://bulletproofme.com/Body_Armor_...ml#Stand-Alone
    - this site was suggested to me by a fellow Officer.

  • #2
    Recommended reading, if you haven't already:

    http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=32839

    Also from DocGKR:

    When looking at hard body armor, end-users need to assess what threats they anticipate, their operational environment, as well as mobility needs.

    For OCONUS military and para-military settings, level IV plates capable of stopping AP rounds may be a critical requirement. For the typical LE officer within CONUS, it is highly unusual to be confronted by opponents using AP ammo; it is much more likely to be hit with FMJ and hunting rounds from rifles in calibers from .223 to .30-06, as well as 12 ga. shotguns. Thus, multi-hit capable level III plates are a good choice for CONUS LE use.

    In addition, some Level III plates and most Level IV plates use ceramic elements--many LE agencies do not want to deal with the administrative and scheduling hassle of having to x-ray their plates each year to assess for hidden cracks in the ceramic.

    NIJ RATING CONSIDERATIONS and CAUTIONS

    Keep in mind that the NIJ Level III test only uses 6 hits of 7.62 x 51 mm M80 FMJ. NIJ Level III does NOT test ANY 5.56 mm threats. While some Level III plates may stop 55 gr FMJ M193, 62 gr FMJ M855 “green tip”, and other 5.56 mm loads, other Level III plates may not. LE agencies must be sure to get the specific threat caliber and exact ammunition loads and velocities that Level III hard plates have been tested against in WRITING from the armor vendor, as the NIJ Level III rating does NOT certify hard armor plates against ANY 5.56 mm threats.

    Likewise, the NIJ Level IV test only uses from 1 to 6 hits of WWII era .30-06 M2 Black Tip AP. It does NOT assess armor capability against ANY modern AP threats like 5.56 mm M995 and 7.62 x 51 mm M993. Nor does it test against any Level III threats. Again, LE agencies must ensure they get the specific threat caliber and exact ammunition loads and velocities that Level IV hard plates have been tested against in WRITING from the armor vendor, as the NIJ Level IV rating does NOT certify hard armor plates against ANY modern AP threats or Level III threats.
    I'm biting the bullet and buying AMI TAC3S plates. Not cheap, but they work.
    Last edited by Resq14; 11-20-2011, 09:06 PM.
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    • #3
      was going through the same dilemma about a month ago, ended up going with international armor titanium plates. there are level 3 and run about $160 each.

      http://dsgarms.com/ProductInfo/IBAIA0035B.aspx
      In Valor there is hope

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      • #4
        I use the BAE Systems Level IV stand-alone plates.

        http://www.skdtac.com/BAE-NIJ-IV-SA-Plate-p/amr.114.htm

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        • #5
          I appreciate all the advice....still not sure what I'll be going with but at least have some more information to digest before making a decision.

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