Plate carriers are vests used to hold bullet-stopping inserts made from steel, ceramic or polyethylene composites. Called “body armor,” the purpose of the plate and vest combination is to protect the wearer against incoming small arms fire, shrapnel, ricochets and similar life-threatening hazards. Although no body armor is truly “bulletproof,” these bullet-resistant plates can mean the difference between life and death in emergency situations. Tactical plate carriers with armor inserts are an essential piece of gear for the military, law enforcement agencies, security personnel and overseas private contractors. [+] Read More
Plate Carrier Types
Plate carriers come in different types and sizes for use under various potential threats. These range from minimalist carriers for undercover and plainclothes operations to intense tactical situations where protection against high velocity, heavy caliber rifle fire may be needed.
Undercover law enforcement personnel and bodyguards are among wearers of plate carriers that hold lightweight armor protection. Spartan Armor Systems’™ ECP™ Extreme Concealment Carrier is an example of a plate carrier vest that can be discretely worn beneath a shirt or jacket. Concealment plate carriers aren’t designed to support heavy tactical loads. Although lightweight plate carriers won’t accommodate side plate protection, they’ll hold various types of Spartan frontal armor plates, including our AR550 Single Steel Plate and Flex Fused Core™ IIIA Soft Body Armor.
At the other end of the spectrum are tactical plate carriers that hold heavy duty body armor plates, which are worn outside rather than under clothing. When removable MOLLE pouches are attached, these plate carrier vests provide a platform for holding and keeping various pieces of equipment close at hand, such as spare magazines, communications gear, handcuffs, flashlights and similar items.
Spartan Armor Systems’ Sentinel Plate Carrier is an example of a plate carrier designed to hold heavy armor. They’re constructed from tough 1,000-denier Cordura® fabric, and will accommodate AR550 Shooter’s Cut front and back steel plates, as well AR550 side panels for 360° protection. Another example available through Spartan is Warrior Assault Systems’ Dynamic Combat System (DCS) Special Forces Plate Carrier. Made from 500-denier Cordura, the DCS plate carrier is a perfect match for holding our 10” x12” Shooter's Cut steel core or ceramic body armor, both of which are available in protection levels of III and III+.
Regardless of the type of armor plates, it’s recommended that trauma pads be worn behind tactical plate carriers. Although they don’t offer ballistic protection, trauma pads will lessen the degree of back-face deformation felt by the wearer when a bullet strikes the plates within the carrier vest.
Spartan Armor Systems: Your One-Stop Source for Protective and Tactical Equipment
Spartan Armor Systems is a U.S.-based body armor manufacturer and tactical gear supplier that provides top quality equipment at affordable prices. Whether you’re in the market for plate carriers and trauma pads, steel core or ceramic armor plates, medical kits or MOLLE pouches, look to Spartan for all your tactical equipment needs.
Need more information? Call us at (520) 396-3335 or fill out our contact form. Law enforcement, military members and first responders receive a 10% discount on all items. Orders are processed in two weeks or less, and are shipped free of charge.