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Rifle Plates

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by SCSU74, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
    Looking to purchase a set of plates for my carrier that I use on higher risk calls. Just a regular patrol officer but I would like the added protection. Anyway I have it narrowed down to either international armor's level 3 titanium plate or max pro police's level 4 plate. Both are roughly the same price. Does anybody have experience with either? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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  2. unit 900

    unit 900

    Sep 3, 2000
    Baltimore, Md
    Both look to be the same weight too. Level 3 plates are generally certified multi-hit. The NIJ requirement for a level 4 is to stop one 30-06 armor piercing round. Personally, I'd opt for a level 3 that is rated to stop multiple hits from the SS 109 5.56 penetrator round, a not uncommon threat. I see Protech Tactical has a 2120-5 Type III Rifle Plate that is 2 lbs lighter. Not sure if it is 'special threat" rated, or what the price is. I am years out of the game and may have the NIJ standards wrong, but would advise multi-hit capability and the ability to stop the SS109. Good luck.

  3. dp509

    dp509 2009 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

    Jul 20, 2007
    Interested Also, :supergrin:

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    Thanks :wavey:
  4. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
    i wasn't too sure about the difference between 3 and 4. Far as i can tell the 4 is only rated for 1 AP 30-06 like you stated. I would much rather have the multi-hit capability of the 3. There is a pretty awesome video of the IA plate taking multiple rounds. i'll link to it below:

    IA Plate:

    Max Pro Plate:
  5. rudeboy3


    Feb 19, 2011
    When did rifle plates get so cheap? I always thought they were in the 600-800 range.
  6. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
    the ESAPI "mil-spec" plates are still that expensive, but there are a lot in the 200-300 range.
  7. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

    Sep 16, 2009
    NW Burbs
    It was my understanding (and maybe I'm wrong) that level 4 plates were rated for everything that a level 3 can take, or 1 round of 30-06 AP. Obviously that doesn't mean you can shoot the 4 with a ton of .223 AP and then expect it to stop 30-06, rather that if it's rated to stop 1 round of 30-06, it'll stop multiple rounds of 5.56 also. Again, not an expert, but that was my understanding of it.

    Edited for grammar.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011