Hard armor plates act in tandem with the inner armor pack to prevent bullet penetration or can be worn alone in a plate carrier vest. High-velocity bullets are protected by these strong armor plates. Bullet-resistant panels from H Win are lightweight and designed with an energy dissipation system to guard against high-caliber guns. Our plates are exceptionally robust and lightweight, with plenty of mobility and endurance, thanks to the high strength and low-density solution.
Their Ceramic Plates are designed to shatter a bullet on contact and resist any type of material penetration. This has the benefit over steel in that it is incredibly light while providing maximal energy absorption. Quality materials such as boron carbide, silicon carbide, titanium boride, and others are used to make their ceramic plates.
Different Level III Plates
Ballistic Level III plates come in a variety of shapes and sizes. When worn, these plates are meant to provide NIJ Level III protection. The “in-conjunction” plates are meant to act in tandem with the vest to eliminate the threat. Some pieces may pass through the plate, but they have a low energy and are readily stopped by the ballistic vest worn beneath it. In comparison to stand-alone plates, “in-conjunction” plates are lighter, more comfortable, and less bulky.
- Level III A – Pistol Rated
The following level is Level III-A. This grade is intend to put an end to. At 1400 feet per second, 44 Magnum Jacketed Hollow Points are fire. Level III-A armor, like level II armor, is generally soft body armor, however stiff armor plates with an III-A grade can also be found. These are commonly refer to as speed plates,’ because they are one of the lightest options available while surrendering part of the coverage area that soft armor rigs typically provide. There is an NIJ certification scheme for III-A soft body armor, but not for III-A rigid plate, as of this writing.
- Level III – Rifle Rated Steel
We enter the realm of rifle plates, also known as hard inserts, at Level III of the NIJ’s level system. Level III plates are designed to deflect six 7.62X51MM NATO (Full Metal Jacket) bullets traveling at 2,750 feet per second. This is about the same as a standard.308 Winchester hunting round. When it comes to NIJ armor ratings, it’s crucial to remember that a plate certified to stop a certain danger may not be able to stop a bullet of a lesser caliber. In reality, a bullet traveling at a slower speed may be able to pierce specific armor types whereas a bullet traveling at a faster speed may not. Problems like these can make armor selection more difficult, but buying a gear without fully understanding its potential is far worse.
- Level III Lightweight – Polyethylene
Our polyethylene (PE) P2 body armor, weighing only 3.3 lbs per plate (10″x12″), is the option when ounces are pounds and mobility is critical. The P2 plate is a serious competitor for individuals who are preparing to forego the benefits of our steel alloy core body armor in order to conserve weight. It is buoyant, stand-alone, and multi-hit capable.
- Level III+ – High-Velocity Rifle Rated Steel
The upgrade, ultra-hard ballistic steel core in our steel alloy A1 body armor improves performance over our Level III certified AR500 Armor® Heritage Plate. The A1 can defeat higher-level rifle threats thanks to a roughly 30% improvement in core strength.
- Level III+ Lightweight Rated Body Armor
Our steel alloy A2 body armor features a ballistic core that is genetically similar to our normal Level III+ certified A1 plate, but it is thinner and lighter. As a result, a new type of steel alloy body armor has emerged, which is now the lightest and highest-rated ballistic steel core body armor available.
When it comes to choosing armor, you’ll always have to strike a balance between weight and expense. The benefits of lightweight armor cannot be stressed if you need to wear armor for more than a brief length of time.
To summarize, figure out what you need before you start looking for armor. What is the most crucial factor to you? Do you require the least feasible weight? Do you think you’ll come across pistol or rifle rounds? Is there a specific or uncommon round that is used often in your theatre of operations? Is a multi-hit plate require? Do you require a water-resistant plate? There’s also the question of how much money you have.
While there are solutions to match most budgets, a buyer – whether an individual or an agency – should be careful not to cut corners to the point where they end up with a product that doesn’t satisfy their goals or, worse, isn’t sustainable. People will not wear too heavy armor, and even if they do, it may obstruct their mobility, making them more dangerous in violent situations. It’s great to block a bullet, but it’s far better to avoid being shot in the first place.