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    S&J Hardware level 3 plates testing

    From 9mm to 50 bmg find out how much these affordable level 3 plates can take


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    Steel plates seems like an affordable and superior option with their almost indefinite strike resistance. What worries me is I've seen videos on how steel type plates can be penetrated by extremely high velocity projectiles.


    There are many videos on level IIIA and IV steel plates being penetrated by M193 ball ammo, which is one of the most commonly used types of 556 ammo. 35gr varmint ammo pushing 4000ft/s might be capable of more. High priced ceramic plates with less multiple strike resistance seem to be immune to this though.

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    Well... yeah... of course 3A is not going to standup to rifle rounds. Its meant for pistol only. Properly made Level 3 and Level 4 (ie NIJ certified) will not be penetrated by 5.56. The cheaper steel plate mfg'ers have moved from AR500 to AR505 so as to actually be able to meet certification standards. Basically if its not certified its not real.

    Edit... derp didnt realize how old this thread was. sorry about the necro.

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