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Armaply™ – Cool name, but what is it?


Armaply™ is a trademark of Spartan Armor Systems and it refers to our AR650 light-weight steel core armor platform. Spartan Armor Systems works with many material and armor steel suppliers throughout the United States. With our close working relationships, we have been able to source an AR650 steel core armor platform that is manufactured to our specifications in regard to its physical and chemical properties. The result is an extremely hard steel core body armor plate that is more resistant to forming without sacrificing the integrity of the plate. Given the unique properties of our very specific steel core, we’re able to safely bend the plate to apply our signature Advanced Triple Curve™ profile, which provides the operator with unparalleled comfort and armor performance.


With an ultra thin plate thickness of approximately just .205″, we’re able to shave a significant amount of weight and increase ballistic protection at the same time.  Spartan Armaply™ is about 30% harder than our traditional AR500 armor, making it optimal for light steel core armor applications.


What type of finish do your plates have?


Spartan Armor Systems has tested a wide-variety of coatings in effort to offer the best possible fragmentation and spall mitigation in the industry. We can sell you raw steel plates for the “do-it-yourselfer” with a custom order, but we highly recommend leaving that up to us, the professionals.


We’ve tested various types of polyurea/polyurethane coatings to include several variants of Line-X, Line-X Paxcon, several variants of Rhino Linings, different types of kevlar sleeves, etc.  We are the very first in the industry to coat our plates with a “bed liner” type product, and others have copied.


The end result of our testing and evaluation resulted in a variant of Rhino Linings that has phenomenal adhesion properties, flexes well, and catches fragmentation like no other variant in the industry, Encapsaloc™. Our coated steel plates are batch tested routinely to ensure our chemical is not off-ratio and the chemical and physical properties of our coating remains consistent and effective. Steel preparation is key to adhesion, so we ensure all of our steel has been shot blasted with industrial-grade steel shot, remains clean, and then treated and prepared for optimal coating. We do it right here at Spartan Armor Systems™.


Are your plates ambidextrous?


Yes! We do not offer any weird type of cut! Our plates are equally cut on both sides of the shoulder. This enables the operator (left-handed or right-handed) to comfortably shoulder their weapon and defend against threats.


What have you tested your Omega Armor against?


We have tested our plates with 7.62—51, .223 55gr, .308, 9mm, .357, .40, and 12 gauge slugs.  Our plates are TOUGH! See the link for videos on the top of this page!


Are your Omega Armor plates bulletproof?


NO! The plain and simple answer is nothing is! However, our Level III plates can take a beating!  NIJ0101.06 calls for 6 equally spaced impacts from 7.62 NATO rounds from 50 yards. We have tested our plates with a wide array of ammunition from the 50 ft mark and much closer and we assure you our plates can defeat ANY Level III threat!


 What kind of metal is Omega Armor made of?


Omega Armor is a revolutionary ballistic steel with far better forming properties compared to regular AR500. Every lot of Omega Armor is independently tested at an independent ballistic laboratory to meet commercial ballistic standards. Omega Armor has been successfully used by manufacturers of executive/military armored vehicles, bank trucks, guard booths, and barriers. With its lab proven performance, Spartan Armor Systems™ has chosen this specially rated armor to construct our trauma plates.


What process is used to ensure maximum adhesion of your protective coating?


Preparation is PARAMOUNT when it comes to coating our armor. All of our armor goes through a multi-step process to ensure maximum adhesion and function of our anti-spalling coating. First, each and every plates is shot blasted to remove any mil scale, oils, dirt, and debris. Next, each and every plate is wiped with acetone to ensure cleanliness. After the acetone has dried, each and every plate gets a coating of our proprietary primer. After curing for 24 hours, the plates then get a professional application of our Encapsaloc™ coating, which we have spent years tweaking to be… the absolute BEST coating for our plates. We’ve tested Line-X, Herculiner, kevlar “sleeves”, “picture frame/urethane coatings” (that do NOT work and can cause more harm then good), and several types of plastic/urethane combinations. We have specifically formulated our own Encapsaloc™ coating system due to our testing results, durability, and price point… all important factors when considering armor!



Why AR550 armor steel plate for your Level III+ body armor?


Spartan Armor Systems tests a wide variety of steel thickness / hardness combinations before releasing new body armor to market. We’ve tested a thinner plate with higher Brinell Hardness (BHN) with poor results.  When it comes to steel hardness, going too high is not always better.  We chose to use AR550 Armor due to it’s phenomenal forming properties and given the fact that the hardness hits the “sweet spot” when it comes to threat protection. With a 10% increase in core hardness over our standard AR500 body armor, the AR550 armor does exceptionally well with defeating higher velocity threat profiles, while maintaining the integrity of the steel plate.


Why AR550 instead of AR680 for Level III+ armor?


If there is one thing we know, it is metallurgy. Spartan Armor Systems™ has very close working relationships with a team of metallurgists and we’ve consulted with them time and time again to ensure we’re providing our customers with top-tier body armor. When it comes to steel core body armor, harder is NOT always better. When you form (bend) body armor, the forming process could actually “work harden” the plate, which stresses the armor and may result in increases to the Brinell Hardness (BHN) rating of up to an additional 10-12%.




Are your Level IV NIJ certified?


Yes! is the link to the NIJ website where you can search for our company – Spartan Armor Systems. Here you will find our NIJ accreditation!


What are you Level IV plates made out of?


Our Level IV plates are comprised of a ceramic core sandwiched between Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) sheets. This provides our Level IV Spartan Armor plates with much more durability compared to standard traditional ceramics. Our Level IV plates can take a beating!


Is there a shelf life for your Level IV plates?


Well, yes and no.  NIJ requires a 5 year shelf life on all NIJ accredited body armor (which this is).  However, as long as your plates are not dropped off a building, ran over by a car, cooked in a camp fire, etc. , you will NEVER have to worry about your Level IV Spartan Armor being incapable of defeating the threats in which they are manufactured to defeat.


Are your level IV plates multi-hit capable?


Yes!  Our level IV plates are multi-hit capable, given they are hit at a distance of 2″ or more from the last impact. Remember, NIJ 0101.06 calls for (1) impact of 30-06 M2 AP to be stopped to reach Level IV specifications. These plates can handle some severe abuse. But remember, on paper, they are only rated to defeat Level IV threats.


How much do your level IV plates weigh?


Our Level IV plates weigh in at only 7.2 lbs. per plate. Some of the lightest Level IV’s you’ll find!


Do you manufacture your Level IV Armor in house?


We do not….but that’s a good thing! We specialize in steel armor plates and that is what we’re subject matter experts in. We have an extremely reputable armor company manufacturing and branding our level IV plates. These Level IV plates go through the strictest QA processes in the armor industry. We manufacture the best AR500 body armor, but we’ll let the pro’s handle our Level IV and other composite body armor!


Does your Level IV armor come with a fragmentation mitigation coating?


No, because it’s not necessary. Our Level IV body armor is covered with 1000 denier cordura.  There is extremely minimal fragmentation likelihood with this type of armor that no frag protective coating is necessary.


Do you offer discounts for Law Enforcement, Military and First Responders? 

Spartan Armor Systems offers a 10% discount on our entire store for Law Enforcement, Military, and First Responders. To qualify set up an account on our website and then send an email to, with a copy of your credentials. We can quickly change your account status so that you receive the discount. Remember, do this first before you place your order. For bulk LEO/First Responder sales please email leosales@spartanarmorsystems.comThank you for your service and all that you do to keep us safe. 




Why don’t you paint your targets?


We are avid shooters and have collected feedback from tons of our customers. When you paint a target, it looks great for the first couple of impacts. The only downside to painting them is once you start to paint them, you will continually have to repaint them. Paint chips, flakes, runs, etc. and can make the target difficult for acquisition. Don’t get us wrong, there is nothing wrong with painting, but the upkeep is tremendous once you do paint them. Should you decide to paint your target, please just remember to use quality paint. When it comes to paint. you definitely get what you pay for.


We do recommend ONLY painting our reactive targets. This way acquisition of the reactive paddles is quick and concise.


What kind of life can I expect from your targets?


We have targets that have experienced literally thousands upon thousands of impacts.  Granted, we only shoot lead. If properly taken care of, these targets can potentially outlive you!


What is AR500 and why do you use this type of steel?


AR500 is a quenched & tempered steel It is commonly used in situations where it will experience severe impact and abrasion. “AR” stands for “Abrasion Resistant” and the 500 is the Brinell Hardness. The Brinell scale characterizes the indentation hardness of materials through the scale of penetration of an indenter, loaded on a material test-piece. It is one of several definitions of hardness in materials science. In short, the higher the Brinell rating, the harder the steel.  AR500 has been used as a reliable armor plate source by the military, armored car companies, and several body armor manufacturers.


What kind of impacts do you rate your AR500 targets to withstand?


We rate our targets to withstand any impacts from any lead centerfire weapon traveling 3200 FPS or less from 100 yards. You can (and we have) shot much closer, but do understand the closer you shoot will result in a quicker target fatigue. Our plates are also rated with withstand ANY pistol round from any safe distance.  Always keep your safety and the safety of others TOP PRIORITY when determining a shooting distance.

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