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Steel Core Body Armor

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Spartan Armor Systems offers a variety of steel core body armor options to fit your budget, body type, and application. When you buy body armor from us, you can be assured that your body armor has been manufactured and finished to the highest quality standards. We maintain the highest quality control standards in the industry and each plate is manufactured here in U.S.A. Our body armor is independently tested by an NIJ accredited laboratory to confirm that it meets, if not exceeds NIJ criteria. We offer multiple configurations of level III or level III+ steel core body armor in AR500 and AR550 steel compositions.  Steel core body armor is tempered steel that is commonly used in situations to prevent or reduce damage from severe impacts and abrasions. The “AR” in the name stands for “Abrasion Resistant,” and the 500 refers to the Brinell Hardness. The higher the Brinell rating, the harder and more resistant the steel. AR500 steel is a material that has been used by the military, armored car companies, and several body armor manufacturers and retailers such as ourselves. Although, only 1/4” -5/8” thin, steel core body armor plates can weigh anywhere from 5lbs - 11lbs depending on the size, cut and coating.

Steel core body armor is heavier than some composite/ceramic or soft body armor, however, it is rated to stop projectiles ranging from standard rifle rounds to high velocity rifle rounds. Once the plates are inserted into carrier and donned by the user the weight distributes evenly across the upper body. Steel body armor can be comfortable with the proper carrier to fit your body shape and size.

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