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· Combat Diver
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Look at the AR500 offerings for steel plates. sportsmansguide.com has level 4 plates on sale (Ceramic and Steel). The coating on the AR500 plates works pretty well, there are a lot of videos of various folks testing them.

They are heavy. If your company uses AR500 and rhinoliner, I would guess its a matter of service and accessories as to where you buy your plates.
 

· Combat Diver
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I just got a killer deal on polyethylene plates for me and my crew. Level

III, they weigh less than 3 lbs from LAPolicegear.com for less than $150 per set.

Sportsmans guide also has some ceramic / composite plates for a little over $100 a piece.
 

· Combat Diver
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They were close outs. They were "fitted" plates, that I think a lot of folks didn't contour to. The company (I will have to look it up) just came out with a whole new line and I guess LAPG was making room for them.

I asked about them being defective etc, just last years news. I also think they are sold out of them.
 

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http://phoenix.backpage.com/SportsE...ection-available-and-tumbler-targets/38674867

You are looking for affordable body armor.

Catia, like many others, is selling AR500 plates. AR500 is "target" steel. Some say it is adequate for personal protection; others say it isn't.

46100 is military approved armor, typically for vehicles (not personnel), that is actually specified to protect vehicles and equipment from small arms fire.

Between the two, I'd go with 46100 (see the provided link above).

Affordable, when it comes to body armor, means heavy. Both of these are steel plates. Always inquire as to the weight, so you know what you are getting into.

A complete set, plate carrier, front and rear plate with side plates, will easily exceed 20 lbs.

Lightbringer does bring the light. Your purpose is key. For mobile use (on foot), you likely aren't going to want to go too far (you will certainly be carrying additional gear), but if you must move and projectiles are in abundance, you won't be as mobile - but will be better protected. If you'll be riding in a vehicle (not a golf cart at the mall and aren't expecting any .338 Lapua back hits) and expect incoming, weight isn't as much of a factor.
 

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AR500F steel plate is a premium abrasion resistant steel plate, heat treated to exhibit through-hardening, improved forming and welding capabilities. With a typical BHN of 460 – 544


Also known as High-Hardness Armor (HHA) plate that is approved for use within the Department of the Army and is available for use by all Departments and Agencies of the Department of Defense. The steel is quenched and tempered at vary high temperatures to sustain a tough surface for the best levels of protection. Surface hardness of this material is between 477 and 534 brinell
 
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