An Ultra-light plate to
stop Level III threats. 100% high molecular weight Polyethylene is
~.9" thick (~23 mm.), and more expensive, but INCREDIBLY LIGHT.
The main tradeoff is you
don't get a protection rating for Level IV Armor-Piercing (AP) threats such
as .3006 or 7.62 by 51mm AP, or the semi-AP 5.56mm SS-109 / M-855 (the M-16
round). Will stop the common AK-47 MILD Steel Core 7.62 X 39mm threat, though.
Important Safety Note
(A safety warning most Polyethylene
/ Ultra-light Rifle vendors neglect to mention...)
This Ultralight plate is
manufactured on an ISO-certified production line, but you should know that the
ballistic performance of all Polyethylene may be adversely affected, or permanently
reduced, by prolonged exposure to ambient temperatures below ~ MINUS 15°F (
- 26 °Celsius) and over 150 °F (65 ° Celsius).
Polyethylene plates must
never be exposed to open flame, excessive direct sunlight, UV exposure or any
hot surface. Heat damage to the external surface (e.g., melting) is a visual
clue that the plate may have been exposed to elevated temperatures. If damage
is found, replace the plate.
So, don't take any chances
by leaving your Rifle Plates in extremely cold or hot environments, OR letting
them "cook" in the sun, for example:
- a closed vehicle super-heating
in the sun
- an engine compartment
- unprotected on asphalt
in intense sun
- unprotected on
top of metal baking in the sun, etc., etc.
it's too hot for your body, DON'T LEAVE YOUR RIFLE PLATES THERE!