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Rifle Plates / SAPI OVERVIEW

Front & Back Plates

All Ballistic Protection

100% Made in the USA

Note:  Export of Rifle Plates from the U.S. usually requires an export permit

Ceramic Rifle Plates are Not Returnable

 

For rifle threats you need Level III or Level IV Rifle Plates / SAPIs

Soft Body Armor vests are excellent for fragmentation and pistol protection but will NOT stop rifle bullets. (Even Level III-A is only tested to stop pistol-caliber threats such as 9mm SUB-machine-gun or .44 Magnum.)

Plates, also described as Small Arms Protective Inserts or SAPI, are best deployed in Rifle Plate Pockets on the outershell carrier of Tactical Vests or, more discreetly, in our ProMAX Concealable with Rifle Plate Pockets.   Stand-Alone Rifle Plates may also be used – as appropriate for the threat – with a Plate Carrier with no soft armor supporting.

Why You Want BulletProofME to Ship Your Ceramic Plates


ANY Ceramic Rifle Plate can be damaged if abused - especially if dropped on its' corner. They are not delicate, like fine tea china, but, on the other hand, FedEx and UPS folks are notorious for being rough with packages.

So, every Ceramic Plate we ship FedEx or UPS is bubble-wrapped, and then DOUBLE-boxed with lots of padding to survive rough handling. We overpack, so that it would take a lot of obvious abuse to do any damage.

We stake our reputation of over ten years on doing it right.  Don't buy a plate that just gets thrown in a box and shipped out.

Rifle Plates Options

Most sizes in stock for immediate shipment

We also have more expensive, specialized Rifle Plates not listed - let us know if you have specific requirements.

Call us, we are always happy to advise!

Type of Plate

Click a link below to jump to the page for each specific type of Rifle Plate

Ballistic Protection Level

Thickness

Approx.

Approximate
Plate Sizes Available

NOTE: Rifle Plates sizes quoted, industry-wide, are always approximate - see detailed specs for exact coverage

Weight

for a 10" by 12" or Medium Size Front Plate

Price Per Plate

Ceramic
Stand-Alone


Level IV
Stand-Alone

(No supporting vest needed)

0.7"
  • 8" by 10"
  • 10" by 12"

SAPI Sizes:

  • Small 8.75 by 11.75'
  • Medium 9.5 X 12.5"
  • Large 10" X 13"
  • XL 11" X 14"

10" by 12"

5.5 - 8.3 lbs.

$ 145 - 990

Ceramic
"In Conjunction With a Level III-A Vest"

Level IV with a Level III-A Vest Supporting

AND

Level III with a Level III-A Vest Supporting

0.5"
"

10" by 12"

6 lbs.

$ 195 - 270

Overstock SPECIAL on 11" by 14"

Lightweight SAPI

In Conjunction with a Level III-A Vest

SAPI Mil-Spec

  • AK-47
  • M-16
  • Dragunov
  • .308

with III-A or Interceptor vest Supporting

0.5"

SAPI Sizes:

  • Small 8.75 by 11.75'
  • Medium 9.5 X 12.5"
  • Large 10" X 13"
  • XL 11" X 14

Medium

5.3 lbs

$ 410 & up

PHOTOS

E-SAPI

In Conjunction with a Level III-A Vest

E-SAPI Mil-Spec

with III-A or Interceptor vest Supporting

Performance, very similar to the NIJ Level IV test, but just a little bit tougher.

0.7"

"

$ 470 - 1,000+

PHOTOS

Steel

Inexpensive, but a much higher risk of bullet splatter or ricochet.

Level III
Stand-Alone
0.25"
  • 8" by 10"
  • 10" by 12"
  • 10" by 13"
10" by 12"
8.0 lbs.
$ 80 & up
Ultra-light Polyethylene Level III

Stops common assault rifle ammunition
- but NOT AP rounds
NOT rated to stop the semi-armor-piercing .223 (5.56mm) round (SS-109 / M-855) with the steel pin core, or .30 caliber AP rounds

Made in the USA

Stand-Alone

Level III Stand-Alone
  • AK-47
  • M-193
  • .308 FMJ
1.15"
  • 8" by 10"
  • 10" by 12"

SAPI Sizes:

  • Medium 9.5 X 12.5"
  • Large 10" X 13"
  • XL 11" X 14"
10" by 12"
3.2 - 3.5 lbs.
$ 330 - 630
each

In Conjunction with a Level III-A Vest

Level III
with a III-A vest Supporting
  • AK-47
  • M-193
  • .308 FMJ
0.9"
"
10" by 12"
2.9 - 3.2 lb.
$ 320 - 590
each
Rifle Plate Carriers Non-ballistic      
SIDE Rifle Plates See Side Rifle Plates      
Rifle Plates Backers

Level III-A

To wear "in conjunction with vest" Plates without a vest

0.3"
E.g., 10" by 13"
1.3 lbs.
$ 120 & up

When comparing weights...
...please be aware that we quote ACTUAL weights – we do NOT play the artificial "weight loss" games you may encounter elsewhere. Ask to have the armor you are going to buy weighed ready to wear.

Rifle Protection Levels

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Police Ratings
Tested to stop 6 rounds of .308 Winchester Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) = NATO 7.62 X 51 mm, and, of course it can easily handle lesser threats, such as AK-47 / Kalashnikov 7.62 X 39 mm Full Metal Jacket (FMJ).

Tested to stop ONE round of .3006 Armor-Piercing (AP) at 868 mps and lesser threats.  Though just tested for one hit of .3006 AP, will also stop multiple hits of lesser threats such as:

            • .308 FMJ
            • AK-47
            • M-16 - M855 or SS-109, etc.

Military - U.S. Mil-Spec

SAPI

Mil- Spec

The original SAPI, or Small Arms Protective Insert, requires survivability of 3 hits total - with an Interceptor vest supporting - from:

Caliber
Bullet
Typical Weapon
7.62 X 39mm

API
Armor Piercing Incendiary

AK-47
5.56 x 45mm
.223
M855
aka Green Tip .223 or SS-109
M-16
7.62 × 51mm
.308 Winchester
FMJ
aka NATO ball
Battle Rifles and Machine Guns
7.62 × 54mm Russian Light Penetrating Steel (R LPS) Dragunov Sniper Rifle

E-SAPI

Mil-Spec

Similar to NIJ Level IV

The E-SAPI test is very similar to the NIJ Level IV test, but just a little bit tougher. The mil-spec calls for the plate - with an Interceptor vest supporting - to stop one round of .3006 AP, just like Level IV.

But it must also stop a second round, 60% of the time (not 100% of the time - too much of a weight penalty).

Rifle Plates Testing Photo Gallery
Rifle Plates Testing PHOTOS

We have many lab tests and NIJ certifications, but – just to see with our own eyes – we put rounds closely spaced into one Rifle Plate at ~25 yards (~23 m)...

Rifle Bullet  ZERO PENETRATION!

Which Rifle Plate to Get?

Call us, we are always happy to consult with you!

1. Weight vs. Protection Level

Most folks get Level IV protection to stop the hardened steel core.3006 AP threat - but know that you will be carrying 12.5 to 17 lbs. of weight with plates Front & Back!  Add side Rifle Plates, plus ammo and other gear, and the pounds add up fast. Look at your total package weight vs. your physical condition, and how far you need to carry it.

Generally in war zones we typically recommend Level IV - but if you can't move as far, or as fast as you need to, - go lighter...  And if you are not exposed to Armor Piercing threats, consider lighter weight Level III or Level III PLUS plates:
  • the Ultra-light Polyethylene stops lead-core rifle threats at only 3.5 lbs! (but not AP rounds)
  • Lightweight SAPIs, stop lead core plus the .223 Green Tip SS-109 / M-855 round at only 5.3 lbs, size Medium (with a Level III-A vest supporting)
  • if you can spend $ 990 for just one plate, the ULTRA-Lightweight Level IV Stand-Alone protection is only 5.5 lbs!

2.
What can you afford?
Steel is the cheapest Level III protection - but not recommended unless you are on a very tight budget, due to the much higher risk of bullet splatter and ricochet. We offer our Standard Level IV Stand-Alone plate as a very affordable Ceramic Rifle Plate - under $ 290 for a pair Front & Back.

3. Stand-Alone vs. "In Conjunction with a Vest" Rifle Plates

Stand-Alone plates are slightly heavier, and thicker than the corresponding size of the "in conjunction" plate. But the advantage is you don't have to carry the weight or thickness of Level III-A armor. If you need full Level IV protection even when you are not wearing Level III-A soft armor, go Stand-Alone. Stand-Alone plates with a Plate Carrier offer maximum freedom of movement and ventilation (at the expense of less of your body being covered vs. a Level III-A vest).

“In conjunction” plates are Level IV with a Level III-A vest supporting. This allows the plate to be slightly thinner, and a bit lighter. The tradeoff is that you must have Level III-A armor behind the plate to get the full Level IV protection. If you are always going to wear your plates with a Level III-A vest - go ahead and save the weight with an "in conjunction" plate. You will also have the benefit of the extra Level III-A vest coverage area.

4. What size are you?
A bigger body needs a bigger plate - but you will carry more weight. A "trick" is to use one size bigger on the back for more coverage where it won't affect freedom of movement.
  • Most males end up with a 10" by 12", or the 9.5" by 12.5" Medium SAPI size - the two sizes are usually interchangeable but there are a few Plate Carriers that need the exact SAPI size, e.g., Crye Precision, or BlackHawk Lo-Vis.
  • 10" by 13" / Large SAPI for taller / bigger guys.
  • Really big guys, 11" by 14" / XL SAPI
  • Smaller frames, 8" by 10" or Small SAPI 8.75" BY 11.75"

4. What size and shape are your Rifle Plate Pockets?

SIZE  It's your responsibilyt to get the right size plate for your Plate Carrier. You might be able to put a smaller plate in a bigger pockeI - but too big a plate will absolutely not work

SHAPE  You usually want shooters cut plates on the front for ergonomics, and, ideally, rectangular Rifle Plates on the back for more coverage to protect your shoulder blades. But some rear Rifle Plate Pockets are cut to only accept shooters cut, or SAPI cut plates. (If your Rifle Plate Pockets load from the top, this is not an issue.)
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