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Old 18 December 2012, 22:25
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Any information on AR500 Armor?

Someone forwarded me this link, I did a search here and on a few other forums and haven't found any information on them.

Here is the link:

http://www.ar500armor.com/index.php?...oduct_id=29906

I'm rather shocked that the price is so low, and even more surprised of the test videos of their armor.

Me being a civilian and I don't have the knowledge of such things I thought I ask.

However I expect at these price points, this is garbage, however on the off change this might be good for home protection... Who knows eh?

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Old 19 December 2012, 00:06
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That is just sheet steel. It isn't contoured the way normal plates are, probably won't stop 7.62 armor piercing, will be pretty heavy and will have a lot of spall go in all directions from an impacting round.

I'm not saying it won't stop a bullet, but it wouldn't be my first choice by a long shot.
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Old 19 December 2012, 07:50
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AR-500 is usually good for making steel targets.
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Old 19 December 2012, 09:41
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Thank you for the replies. It makes sense to me.


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Old 20 December 2012, 03:04
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AR-500 is great for stopping handgun rounds and 5.56, but not much else. If you notice, their plates are Level III. You can achieve that with soft armor these days.

If you want to know all a little more about AR-500 steel, visit http://www.mgmtargets.com/faqs/index.php#rifle
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Old 23 December 2012, 02:11
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It's heavy, inexpensive and good for multi hit(class IV is a one hit spec). As you can see, splash is going to be a potential problem. It's no good to stop the bullet if you bleed out from having blood vessals in your neck torn open. If it blows the zip ties holding the plate out, potentially do the same to your neck. S/F....Ken M
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Old 23 December 2012, 09:34
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It is relatively simple and cheap to deal with splash on steel armor.

Simply put some bedliner on it.

There are numerous (and extremely detailed) instructions on how to do so all over the internet -- I think now you can simply buy it already made.

I am neither advocating nor criticizing the use of steel for personal body armor, but there was a time in an earlier life, when my people all had steel armor that each and every plate had been shot by that owner with 5.56 and 7.62 x 39 so that the owner would know his stuff worked. It was heavy, it wasn't comfortable, and there were some people at a certain small'ish unit in Ft Bragg who came out and were very surprised to see that this strange group had armor capable of stopping (at that time) multiple hits from the most likely threat (and that we were doing some other stuff too, but I digress).

Spall CAN be controlled....
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Old 23 December 2012, 10:42
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Back when they still had everyone in the Interceptors, we had plate carriers with steel plates. I still have mine, I can check, I'm assuming its the AR500.

They aren't noticeably heavier than any other armor that I was issued, if anything they were much lighter at the time. They were very much able to take multiple rounds, and unlike ceramic plates, wouldn't be compromised after a hit.

Not that it matters too much.
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I have used steel plenty. It is way better than nothing, especially when you are taking contact on a regular basis.

The literature states it will take a .308 round, what else can you ask for for $65 each?
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Old 26 December 2012, 19:48
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$300 bucks for carrier, plates, pistol and rifle mag pouches, and a holster sounds like a fair deal. My paraclete carrier costs about the same, plates and pouches not included.. But then you get what you pay for I guess. For somebody who just wants a simple rig to hide in the closet or safe to give them peace of mind in the event of public disorder, cool. I actually wouldn't mind having a couple to hand out to my neighbors. But I wouldn't pick it over anything I don't already have in the garage.


For controlling spall... like SOTB said, truckbed liner. If you have some kevlar panels, pads, sheets, whatever that will work too. I remember being told a while back that 5 layers of kevlar, layered and glued on the front of the plate, will virtually eliminate spall.
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Good price point for sure better than nothing for under $300.

Be good for the SHTF locker.I would not want to walk around on a patrol all day with it.
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It is relatively simple and cheap to deal with splash on steel armor.

Simply put some bedliner on it.

Got a email this morning from them stating any armor shipped from 3-5-13 out will be coated with Line-x bedliner .
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Old 13 March 2013, 12:33
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Old 13 March 2013, 12:34
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Care to take and post pics when it comes in?


After the Line-x are you going to test it...

IF so we will surely need video of that.
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Old 18 April 2013, 03:06
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This seem like a good option for body armor runs/rucks for those of us who are no longer issued deployment and training plates.
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Old 18 April 2013, 09:42
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Plates came in the mail today.
The carrier is on back order the pouches and holster are made by Condor.
I ASSume the carrier is also.
Good coat of line-x on them will try to get pics later on.
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Old 11 August 2013, 21:36
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I pulled the trigger on this one since it's down to $185 (Curved plates +$40, extra Line-X +$50). Came out to $204 shipped to California. I'll post pictures up when it comes in (Website said shipping delays for a few weeks due to heavy orders).
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So I was surprised to receive my shipping notification today for my carrier and plates. It should be here by early next week. Price for the carrier and plate package is up to $210.
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bd, please post some pics and comments of your stuff, when it arrives.

I'm interested in the quality, thickness, sharp edges, etc. I think you might not be in love with the Condor stuff -- although the Condor stuff I have is fine. But for sure, I'm interested in your thoughts of the armor, especially with regards to the bedlining....
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Old 18 August 2013, 21:06
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bd, please post some pics and comments of your stuff, when it arrives.

I'm interested in the quality, thickness, sharp edges, etc. I think you might not be in love with the Condor stuff -- although the Condor stuff I have is fine. But for sure, I'm interested in your thoughts of the armor, especially with regards to the bedlining....
Will do. I'm picking it up tomorrow, so pictures and commentary will be soon to follow.
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