AR500 Level IV Plate - 10 x 12 - Curved
AR500 Level IV Plate - 10 x 12 - Curved
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AR500 Level IV Plate - 10 x 12 - Curved

SKU #: AR500-IV-10x12-CV
MSRP: $155.00
**United States law restricts possession of body armor for convicted felons. Many U.S. states also have penalties for possession or use of body armor by felons. LA Police Gear is also unable to ship any Body Armor, Plates, Shields, etc. to the state of Connecticut or outside of the United States. By purchasing body armor from LA Police Gear, you are certifying that you have not been convicted of any crime that would restrict you from being able to purchase or possess body armor under any Federal or State laws. Furthermore, you are acknowledging that you do not intend to use the body armor for any criminal purpose and that you are over the age of 18 years old.

LA Police Gear's policy is to only sell body armor to active law enforcement, military, or security professionals. Valid identification will need to be provided by the customer after placing an order, or the order will be canceled. LA Police Gear also does reserve the right to refuse to sell body armor to any person.**

Due to the nature of our product, all sales are final. No returns are accepted after the order has been placed. Please contact us prior to placing your order to address any concerns or questions.

Current ETA is 8 Weeks

30.06 APM2 (armor piercing) rounds a concern? AR500 Armor® level IV Body Armor is rated for just that. We are known for offering the most rugged and affordable body armor in the industry; and we've raised the bar again in terms of quality and value with our Level IV body armor solution. With a profile of .75" thick, our level IV body armor features a thinner profile compared to what's currently being offered on the market at 7.5lb's per plate. Rated for a single 30.06 APM2 (7.62mm x 63mm 165gr Armor Piercing, Black Tip) round, and all lesser Level III threats, AR500 Armor® Level IV Body Armor provides protection against a higher threat level than our traditional Level III body armor. Stand-Alone, our Level IV body armor does not require any additional backing or soft inserts to meet the threat level. The curved contour improves comfort and ergonomics, with a similar design to the contour of our Level III body armor. We utilize a durable single panel ceramic strike face to maintain the best ballistic properties for higher level threats, and a composite backing comparable to a traditional armor system; similar to what is currently, standard issue in the military. Coated with our PAXCON protective coating in conjunction with our strike face, spall & fragmentation containment on our Level IV body armor is industry leading. Fully sealed from the elements, our PAXCON coating creates a water tight seal which protects the inner armor components from liquids, chemicals, UV, sweat, and other harsh elements. Designed to be used as a front or back plate.

AR500 Armor® Level IV Body Armor Features:
  • Level IV rated for threats up to a 30.06 Armor Piercing round
  • 10" x 12" SAPI cut profile
  • Stand-Alone
  • Ergonomic curvature for improved comfort
  • Designed to be used as a front or back plate
  • Composite, Ceramic, and PAXCON construction
  • Thin .75" profile
  • 7.5lb per plate
  • PAXCON coated, liquid, chemical, UV, and sweat resistant
  • Single panel ceramic strike face, composite backing
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • 100% Made in the USA
  • Reviews
    15 Reviews
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    93% Recommend this product (14 of 15 responses)
    By Andrew
    Misawa Japan
    July 2, 2017
    Exactly what I needed hopefully I'll never have to test them. Fit perfectly in my rig. Shipped very quickly to my base overseas
    By Jin
    December 16, 2016
    Great deal
    Arrived on time, fits well in my Condor carrier. Hope I never have to find out how good it works
    ProsAwesome price
    By C. Woods
    Denver, Colorado
    December 15, 2016
    Heavy Duty Armor
    Definitely heavy duty armor. I was impressed by the "AR500 torture test" that I watched on YouTube. It fits well in my tac vest and doesn't slide around. The price was right too. With the curved plates it makes it more comfortable.
    ProsPrice Fit Availability
    By Tom Sawyer
    December 8, 2016
    As I Expected
    Exactly what I expected to receive. Not as heavy as I thought, but they take getting used to.
    By Ralph
    Dallas, Tx
    September 1, 2016
    Excellent body armor, works well with most condor vest. Seen excellent YouTube review videos from demolition ranch and iraqveteran8888. Shipping was fast. Hope I never have to use it but if I do, I know it will save me.
    Pros Comfortable, not to heavy, great reviews
    By Frank
    June 22, 2016
    Good price for level 4 plates
    No issues so far. Hopefully I will never need to find out how well they work.
    By Brian
    Elk Grove, CA
    June 2, 2016
    Wear gloves when touching the plates
    Fits in my carrier well and no real sharp edges to poke at me. Wear gloves when inserting the item, my hands felt itchy and turned red when I handled this product and placed it within my carrier.
    ProsCost efficient No sharp edges
    ConsRelatively heavy Drop this on an exposed toe and you will feel it.
    By jamie
    , sioux falls sd
    May 18, 2016
    threat level needs marked better
    got the plates faster than the lead time standard marking is actual threat level like 3 or 4 right on the label and is missing on these ar500 needs actually start marking threat level so know getting right plates
    Consthreat level marking missing only reason not recommend to friend but if start actually marking level on label then would people deserve knowing in easy way threat level rated
    By Jay
    February 17, 2016
    Great Price and lightweight!
    Fits well in my carrier and is a great value for a good level four plate. Composite construction is lightweight and sturdy. Overall the weight is less than expected as I am used to a more heavy version that provides only level three protection.
    ProsPrice Construction Weight Level of protection to cost ratio
    By Plated in PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    February 4, 2016
    Great delivery
    I simultaneously bought ar500 plates here and from ar500's website. LAPG's arrived 1.5 weeks faster with cheaper shipping and a lower plate price. Nough said.
    By Tobin
    West Virginia
    January 29, 2016
    Great product!!!
    ProsGreat price
    By David
    Weslaco, TX
    November 22, 2015
    Good Buy
    The plates were as advertised and arrived in a timely fashion.
    By Rick
    Seattle wa.
    August 27, 2015
    Ar500 armor
    Fast shipping, fits great, would order again from LA police gear.
    By Garren
    May 23, 2015
    Love this product
    As advertised, shipped fast. Great expirience.
    By Bane
    March 9, 2015
    23 Questions & 37 Answers
    from Fayette Alabama asked:
    March 11, 2017
    Would this plate fit or rather work in tandem with a level 3 soft concealed BPV?
    1 Answers
    As long as your carrier can fit both pieces of armor together then yes. Some carriers allow more room than others, you will need about .75 inches of extra room to accommodate the thickness of the plate.
    Customer Service
    on March 17, 2017

    from Oregon asked:
    February 28, 2017
    Does anyone recommend a flat plate for the back or a curved plate for back as well as the front? Thanks
    6 Answers
    Front and back. Both are the same
    on February 28, 2017
    from Arizona
    The main reason I ordered the curved plate was that they don't offer the same brand and size in a flat for my carrier. It turns out that, for me, it fits well with the curved plate because I throw the carrier over my uniform and it fits to the soft armor I"m already wearing. So it worked out. I'm not sure if I would notice a difference with a flat plate? Hope that helps.
    on February 28, 2017
    from Newbury Park, CA
    We use the curved ESAPI plates in the Army. This plate is virtually the same, minus the Kevlar ballistic wrap around the ceramic plate intended to capture fragmentation. This plate is great for any purpose. Think about, it do you want a flat piece of steel on your spine when you bend over, or are running around using individual movement techniques, or carrying a rucksack while wearing armor? That'd be a whole lotta nope. The curve is shaped specifically to allow comfortable all day wear and range of motion. It conforms to the torso slightly. Heck, when I have my favorite carrier on I sleep in my armor, don't even need a ground pad with a comfortable enough carrier. The only time I have seen dudes use the flat plate is in a backpack and just rock a curved plate in the front. On contact or if you have to move fast you drop the pack. Idea being, asit says on an M18, "Front Toward Enemy."
    on February 28, 2017
    from Syracuse, NY
    I recommend a curve plate if you are skinny. But if you are a big guy the best option is a flat plate.
    on February 28, 2017
    from Sugar City, CO
    i bought all curved for ease of placement, but there is not that much curve to the plate so i dont think it would matter in the back.
    on February 28, 2017
    from tennessee
    A flat rear plate is what you would want for the rear. With that said, having a plate on your back is very uncomfortable and if you plan to be sitting in a chair or driving a vehicle it will be extremely annoying and give you back problems. Go with soft ballistic for the rear
    on February 28, 2017
    from Florida

    from Maryland asked:
    November 18, 2016
    Is this plate rated for multiple hits? Does one have to worry about cracking if dropped or exposed to typical LE abuse?
    5 Answers
    This plate is capable of withstanding multiple hits depending on the catridge being shot. The larger and more powerful the cartridge the fewer hits it can take. This is typical with all plates. The benefit of ceramic over a steel plate is the less chance of ricoche and the impact is more evenly distributed. With that said it can withstand one hit from 30.06 but the impact velocity of a 30.06 will shatter your ribs and destroy your inner organs just from the transfer of energy. You will not be standing after one hit from a 30.06 and hopefully that never happens. This plate will eat and laugh at pistol cartridges all day long and will even perform against some of the more popular rifle rounds such as 5.56 and 7.62x39. Its durable and will not suffer damage from normal police use. Mine is kept in a carrier and i throw it in and out of the truck everyday with no issues. The carrier protects it well as does the "rubberized" style coating. But if you drop of from a 2nd story rooftop onto the concrete im sure it would damage it.
    on November 21, 2016
    from Florida
    If you visit the AR500 sight directly you will find more detailed information, also they are usually more than happy to answer any question. For me personally seeing is believing, with that said a quick youtube search will produce a few extremely relevant videos. One vide shows the plate taking multiple 308AP rounds without penetration. He even shows how many it takes to stop a 50bmg, if that interests you. My experience has been that composite plates are susceptible to cracking, however my issued plates in the US Army were labeled with the same disclaimer about abusive handling. A coworker has a set that are in an LBT carrier in the rear load-out box of a Tahoe with no issues. I had the same issues floating around in my head before I purchased my first set, but after a few month of web surfing and actually seeing for myself I decided to use them. I now own a few sets and have no issues.
    on November 21, 2016
    from Gilbert, AZ
    It is a ceramic plate, unlike the steel Level III line that AR500 offers. If hit hard enough, there is a chance it can crack and compromise the protection offered, however, I'm talking slammed onto a concrete surface with a lot of energy behind it. Chances are, you don't have to worry about cracking it just by bumping into a wall or setting it in a locker. But, because it is a ceramic plate, if it is shot it will definitely crack the ceramic. Whether any other rounds penetrate the plate will be dependent on if they hit a different section of the plate that wasn't affected by the damage of the first round. If you're concerned about a plate that can take multiple hits, look at the AR500 steel plates and do some searching on youtube. AR500 has sent their products out to a lot of people who have done some "back yard" testing with their plates. *Spoiler alert: It won't stop a .50BMG.*
    on November 21, 2016
    from Northern Virginia
    it is rated for one hit from a 30-06 armor piercing round, it is not SUPPOSED to crack if dropped while in carrier or during normal working conditions.
    on November 21, 2016
    from sparta tn
    Ceramic plates in general are not rated for multiple hits. Most likely this will absorb multiple hits over the surface of the strike face. It is likely that this plate would stop multiple hits with AP rifle ammo and definitely would absorb multiple pistol caliber hits. One of my soldiers wearing ESAPI plates in Afghanistan took multiple hits from a burst of AK-47 fire and was fine minus some bruising. As with any SAPI or ESAPI plate you do not want to drop it from a significant height. When worn it will hold up to Military or LE type abuse likely to be encountered in combat situations including dynamic entry and assaulting scenarios.
    on November 25, 2016
    from Syracuse, NY

    from Kentucky asked:
    October 27, 2016
    Are these plates steel or ceramic?
    1 Answers
    Customer Service
    on October 27, 2016

    from Texas asked:
    August 20, 2016
    so only law enforcement and active duty military can buy this body armour? or can anybody buy it? what about veterans?
    1 Answers
    We can only sell to active LEO, Military, or Security guard with valid ID at this time.
    Customer Service
    on August 23, 2016

    Rafael Paredez
    from Texas asked:
    July 18, 2016
    Is this plate universal front and back?
    1 Answers
    That is correct.
    Customer Service
    on July 19, 2016

    Ralph Rodriguez
    from NM asked:
    March 30, 2016
    What caliber does this plate afford?
    2 Answers
    Type IV (Armor Piercing Rifle) 308 /30-06 AP Type IV hard armor or plate inserts shall be tested in a conditione d state with .30 caliber armor piercing (AP) bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8 g (166 gr) and a velocity of 878 m/ s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Type IV flexible armor shall be tested in both the “as new” state and the conditioned state with .30 caliber AP bullets (U.S. Military desi gnation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8 g (166 gr) and a velocity of 878 m/ s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). For a Type IV hard armor or plat e insert that will be tested as an in conjunction design, the flexible armor shall be tested in accordan ce with this standard and found compliant as a stand-alone armor at its specified threat level. The combination of the flexible armor and hard armor/plate shall then be tested as a system and found to provide prot ection at the system’s specified threat level. NIJ-appr oved hard armors and plate insert s must be clearly labeled as providing ballistic protection only when worn in conjunction with the NIJ-approved flexible armor system with which they were tested.
    Cedar Mill Firearms
    on March 30, 2016
    from Manhattan Mt
    This and other Level IV's are government certified specifically to stop one 30.06 armor piercing round. Frequently in practice can stop 2-3 rounds of this. Videos, mostly on youtube, show this plate stopping multiple rounds of lower calibers (7.62x 51, 7.62 x 39, 55g 556, 62g 556, etc out of rifles with barrels 14-22 inches)
    on March 30, 2016
    from Wise, Va

    from Savannah, Ga asked:
    March 29, 2016
    How close is this to the sapi level 4 plate, the military uses?
    3 Answers
    As a Marine Afghan Veteran I had a similar question about the AR500 plates. There is no comparison in all honesty. The AR500 Armor is all around better. The ceramic plates we used were rated up to 3 7.62 impacts. The AR500 armor will take 3 7.62 and only losen up the spalling coat. I have seen that AR500 take 40-60 5.56 and barely have a dent in the metal. The military ceramic plates are vulnerable to cracking from being dropped. The AR500 is steel so no worry about cracking. In my opinion I also think the AR500 is lighter (not by much if at all). Hope my opinion helps brother!
    on March 29, 2016
    from Orlando Florida
    Awesome. I ask as a vet myself and I really appreciate your answer. I will be looking into these then. Probably order some as soon as they restock.
    on March 29, 2016
    from Savannah, Ga
    The tactical (and, on the civilian market, economically important) difference between the AR plates is weight. I'll just ballpark figures here. If you like more specific metrics or info on any of this, all are easily available through google (search hint: write exactly what you want to know in as few words as possible). Anyway the plates. I bought these because they were cheap and effective (all plates belonging to Level IV classification meet the same government standards- 1 AP 30.06 round, though most (including this AR500 plate) can do more, especially in lower calibers. I've been happy with this choice and understand that many others have, as well. However, if you're like our military and care about weight above most other considerations (because you wear this every day for several hours and your body hurts OR you have the money and are fantasizing), the 7.5 lb for each of these plates, compared to the SAPI's 4.5-5.5 lb or so, will be a game changer. Note: by purchasing a more advanced, lighter-for-the-same-protection, ceramic you will also be choosing to pay several hundred dollars (minimum) per plate instead of $140-155. Also, the sizing system is slightly different. It almost never matters unless you're quite atypically sized (e.g. very large and strong). Me: I am no operator operating operationally. I do have a research PhD and have chosen to spend almost two years reading a wide array of gun articles 1-2 hours/day to expand my personal knowledge base, inform my purchases and make up for lost time (grew up in NJ until I was almost 30).
    on March 30, 2016
    from Wise County, VA

    from Ohio asked:
    January 4, 2016
    Can civilians buy level 3 and above body armor or do you have to have a military or law enforcement Id?
    2 Answers
    Those laws differ from state to state, and probably even depending what city/county you live in as well. Due to liability issues we aren't allowed to give legal advice with questions like that. The best we can tell you is to check with your local law enforcement to determine what is legal for where you currently reside.
    Customer Service
    on January 28, 2016
    Yes, civilians can typically buy any level or commercially sold armor. Specific states may prohibit it from being possessed by convicted felons and most states provide for enhanced penalties if it is worn during the commission of a crime. Effectively anybody can "add to cart" at retail sights that stock bulk or universal fit armor.
    on March 4, 2016
    from Florida

    from Illinois asked:
    December 5, 2015
    does it come with two plates or just one
    1 Answers
    This item only comes with one plate.
    Customer Service
    on December 9, 2015

    from Wenonah, NJ asked:
    November 24, 2015
    how much does it weigh?
    1 Answers
    This Level IV plate (AR500-IV-10X12-CV) weighs 7.5 lbs.
    Customer Service
    on November 25, 2015

    from Texas asked:
    November 23, 2015
    How much does this plate weigh? How much does the level III version weigh?
    1 Answers
    This Level IV plate (AR500-IV-10X12-CV) weighs 7.5 lbs. The Level III plate shooter's cut ( is also 7.5 lbs.
    Customer Service
    on November 25, 2015

    from green bay, WI asked:
    November 21, 2015
    are thse plates available to the public?
    1 Answers
    Here is a copy of our body armor policy which can also be found on our Policies page: United States law restricts possession of body armor for convicted felons. Many U.S. states also have penalties for possession or use of body armor by felons. LA Police Gear is unable to ship any Body Armor, Plates, Shields, etc. to the state of Connecticut or outside of the United States. By purchasing body armor from LA Police Gear, you are certifying that you have not been convicted of any crime that would restrict you from being able to purchase or possess body armor under any Federal or State laws. Furthermore, you are acknowledging that you do not intend to use the body armor for any criminal purpose and that you are over the age of 18 years old. LA Police Gear does reserve the right to refuse to sell body armor to any person.
    Customer Service
    on November 24, 2015

    from Detroit, Michigan asked:
    November 19, 2015
    So would this item fit into a Crye Precision Jumpable Plate Carrier? I"m pretty sure it would, just want to make sure before I purchase.
    1 Answers
    According to Crye's website, the size of the plates depends on the size of the carrier. We recommend contacting them directly to verify what size plates will accommodate your specific carrier.
    Customer Service
    on November 24, 2015

    from Ft.Wayne, IN asked:
    November 10, 2015
    Is this for a pair or single plate?
    1 Answers
    This is for a single plate.
    Customer Service
    on November 13, 2015

    from Ga asked:
    November 10, 2015
    Is this plate nij certified for 06 requirements?
    2 Answers
    According to AR500 - "Our Level IV plate is tested to the same requirements set forth from the NIJ in their .06 standard."
    Customer Service
    on November 13, 2015
    That means no, it is not NIJ certified. There is a "drop test" where hard armor must remain usable after being weighted and falling flat on concrete. This is a single hit plate that at .75 inches probably does not have the added padding to pass the drop test. Not saying it won't stop the round. Just saying that if it cracked by dropping it, then would fail NIJ. I suspect if it was cracked, then it would not stop the round which is why they would fail to certify it.
    on March 4, 2016
    from Florida

    from Virginia asked:
    October 24, 2015
    While this plate is rated for a single 30.06 AP round,will it stop multiple level iii rounds?
    1 Answers
    According to AR500 - "The Level IV is a ceramic composite plate and is rated up to a 30 AUT 6 M2AP ,but it is only single shot rated. " So it seems that it will not take multiple shots due to it being a ceramic plate.
    Customer Service
    on October 27, 2015

    from Houston asked:
    October 23, 2015
    Does this plate have an expiration date?
    1 Answers
    They have a date of manufacturer and they are warrantied for 5 yrs of the time you purchased it. · There is no set shelf life or expiration date. Here's a link to their site where they explain details - Hope that helps!
    Customer Service
    on October 26, 2015

    from Los Angeles, California asked:
    October 23, 2015
    Is it legal to own in Los Angeles County?
    1 Answers
    We do not provide legal advice here, that would be something that you would have to confirm with your local county/state/city. We expect our customers to be aware of their local laws and since they are so different from state to state, we steer clear from offering legal advice due to liability issues.
    Customer Service
    on October 26, 2015

    from USA asked:
    September 27, 2015
    Will this plate stop 12 gauge? What is the difference between steel and ceramic plates?
    1 Answers
    I believe that the lvl IV should stop a 12 guage, they have videos of the LVL III being tested against that so i would expect the LVL IV to protect even better. AR500 has a bunch of educational videos regarding their plates and I believe they also go into detail on the differences between their plates on there site as well - Here's a nice write up on the difference between cermaic and steel -
    Customer Service
    on September 28, 2015

    from California asked:
    September 19, 2015
    Is This ar500 plate legal in California
    1 Answers
    You will have to check with your local law enforcement authority to see if these are legal in your city/state/county.
    Customer Service
    on September 21, 2015

    from germany asked:
    July 20, 2015
    Do you ship thin item Outside the USA?
    1 Answers
    We are unable to ship body armor outside of the US.
    Customer Service
    on July 21, 2015

    from Coronado asked:
    May 17, 2015
    would this be the same plate I would use for the back of my plate carrier?
    1 Answers
    Yes, it can also be used as a back plate.
    Customer Service
    on May 18, 2015

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