What Armor Plates Should I Buy?

What Armor Plates Should I Buy?

Are you in the market for body armor plates but unsure where to start? With so many options available, choosing the right armor plates can feel overwhelming. Fear not! We at Pivotal Body Armor are here to break it down and help you find the perfect plates to suit your needs. Let's dive in!

Understanding Threat Levels

Before you start shopping, it's crucial to understand the different threat levels of armor plates. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) sets the standards for body armor, categorizing them into levels based on the types of bullets they can stop:

Level Protection Against
Level IIA 9mm, .40 S&W
Level II 9mm, .357 Magnum
Level IIIA .357 SIG, .44 Magnum
Level III Rifles up to 7.62x51mm NATO
Level IV Armor-piercing rifles up to .30 caliber

Consider the threats you're likely to face and choose a level that provides adequate protection.

Steel vs. Ceramic Plates

When it comes to materials, you'll primarily encounter steel and ceramic armor plates. Each has its advantages:

Steel Plates

  • More affordable
  • Multi-hit capability
  • Longer shelf life (20+ years)

However, steel plates are heavier and can cause spalling (fragmentation) when hit.

Ceramic Plates

  • Lighter weight
  • Better protection against high-velocity rounds
  • No spalling

The downside? Ceramic plates are pricier and have a shorter lifespan (5-7 years).

Plate Sizing and Cut

Proper sizing is key for optimal protection. Measure your chest width and length to find the right size. Plates come in different cuts:

  • Shooters Cut: Offers more mobility for shoulders and arms
  • SAPI Cut: Provides extended coverage for vital organs
  • Multi-Curve: Conforms to body shape for increased comfort

Choose a cut that balances protection and comfort based on your needs.

Brand Matters

Not all armor plates are created equal. Stick with reputable brands known for their quality and rigorous testing standards. At Pivotal Body Armor, we proudly carry top brands like Spartan Armor Systems, AR500 Armor, and Shellback Tactical.

These manufacturers subject their plates to extensive testing, ensuring they meet or exceed NIJ standards.

Budget Considerations

Quality armor plates are an investment in your safety, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank. We offer a wide range of options to fit various budgets without compromising on protection. Keep an eye out for our sales and promotions to snag great deals on top-notch gear.

Frequently Asked Questions

In most states, yes! However, laws vary, so check your local regulations. For more info, read our guide: Is Body Armor Legal?

How long do armor plates last?

Steel plates can last 20+ years, while ceramic plates typically have a 5-7 year lifespan. Proper care and storage can extend their life.

Can I wear armor plates under clothing?

Absolutely! Many of our plates are designed for discreet wear. Check out our concealable armor options.

Your Safety is Our Priority

At Pivotal Body Armor, we're committed to providing top-quality, reliable armor plates to keep you protected. If you have any questions or need help choosing the right plates, our knowledgeable team is here to assist you.

Don't wait - invest in your safety today and shop our extensive selection of armor plates from trusted brands. Your protection is our top priority.

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