Lightweight Body Armor Plates

Welcome to Lightweight Armor Solutions

We are here to provide made in the USA body armor to those who take responsibility for protecting their country, communities and families. Whether you want max protection or the lightest plates possible we have you covered.  Our goal is simple: to help keep the good guys safe and aid in the defeat of evil scum.

Stay in the fight with Lightweight Armor Solutions!

Measuring for Armor

Rifle Plate Sizing

Measure from the top of your sternum to the top of belly button.  Now Subtract 2".  This is about the right plate height.  

You want your front rifle plate to be at least 2" above your belly button so it will not interfere with your mobility when kneeling, squatting, bending over, etc.  The goal is to protect your vital organs.  An armor plate that is too small will leave you vulnerable in places, but a rifle plate that is too large will impede your mobility.  Experienced people who use hard armor and a gun often prefer a smaller plate that covers the vital organs, but doesn't get in the way.  If your goal is to have some armor to throw on and hide in your closet in a pinch then a larger plate may make sense for you.  If you plan to wear rifle plates while performing any physical task then size must be considered.  Call or email with questions on selecting the proper size rifle plate. (512) 715-4015 orders@LightweightArmorSolutions.com

Polyethylene Rifle Plates

Summary of Polyethylene Rifle Plates

Polyethylene or UHMWPE Rifle Plates are currently the lightest rifle plates on the market.  They are a great option for many people who know the value of saving ounces.  Or in this case lbs!

Pros:

  • -Very lightweight
  • -Extremely Durable- no worries about dropping them or tossing them around
  • -Positive Buoyancy: they float and won't drag you down in water
  • -Multi-hit capable
  • -Not prone to bullet ricochet or splatter like steel

Cons:

  • -Not rated to stop the M855/ Green Tip 5.56 mm Round
  • -Can degrade in extreme temperatures: Over 150 Degrees F or less than -15 Degrees F

 

Ceramic Rifle Plates

A Word about Ceramic Rifle Plates

Ceramic Rifle Plates are necessary to achieve a Level 4 Rating, which will stop an M2AP or 30.06 Armor Piercing round.

Pros:

  • -Max Protection-  will stop almost all small arms, especially those common in the U.S.
  • -Not Temperature sensitive
  • -Not prone to bullet ricochet or splatter like Steel

Cons:

  • -Subject to fracture with accidental dropping or careless abuse
  • -Heavier than comparable size of UHMWPE Plate

 

 

 

 

A Note on High Performance Polyethylene Body Armor? Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight or High Performance Polyethylene is currently the lightest material available for rifle plates.  A pair of 10" by 12" Level 3 Polyethylene Rifle Plates typically weigh around 6.5 lbs and they are capable of stopping 6 rounds of .308, which makes this an exceptional body armor defense!!   The most significant burden of rifle plate body armor is the weight with which it comes.  Our goal is to offer high quality rifle plates that almost anyone can wear for hours.  For those of you who require maximum protection we offer some of the lightest Level 4 Rifle Plates available.  We have also extended our line to include some Standard and Heavy weight ceramic plates to accommodate a lower price point. Call or email us with any questions.  Otherwise, place your order online and we will ship it out promptly in a securely packaged, discreet box. Click HERE to learn more about Polyethylene Rifle Plates

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