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Level III body armor needs to be durable, fit comfortably and provide the necessary level of protection. The right body armor makes all the difference in getting “there and back” safely.

What Is Composite Level 3 Body Armor?

Plates with NIJ level 3 body armor ratings come in both ceramic/composite and steel versions. Ceramic/composite usually consist of aluminum oxide combined with either ultra-strength polyethylene or aramid synthetic fiber backing. Level 3 body armor plates provide excellent protection against most small arms threats.

What Is Level III Protection?

According to the NIJ, level III body armor will protect against all handgun rounds and rifle fire up to 7.62mm armor-piercing FMJ ammunition. To achieve Level III body armor plate ratings, they must be capable of withstanding six NATO 7.62 hits at a velocity of 2,780 fps.

What Are the Different Cuts for Ceramic/Composite Level 3 Body Armor Plates?

We offer level 3 body armor plates for sale in both SAPI and shooters cuts. All plates are coated with cordura finishing and come in the following sizes:



Premium Armor Finishing 


Small = 8.75" x 11.75

Medium = 9.50" x 12.50"

Large = 10.25" x 13.25"

Extra Large = 11.00" x 14.00"

Cordura Wrapped 

Shooters Cut 

Small = 8.00" x 10.00"

Medium = 10.00" x 12.00"

Large = 11.00" x 14.00"

Cordura Wrapped 


We also offer ceramic/composite body armor packages to supply customers with the basics they need for top-tier protection.

Who Uses Ceramic/Composite Level III Body Armor?

Level III ceramic/composite body armor is found in plate carriers used by military members, first responders, law enforcement, civilian security guards, investigators, preppers, home defenders and others facing potential threats from small arms fire.

Choose Smith Defense Level III Ceramic/Composite Body Armor

When you order from Smith Defense, you’ll enjoy quality products, affordable prices and outstanding service. We purchase level III body armor that meet and exceed our standards to ensure our customers receive only high-quality products. To find out more about our ceramic/composite level 3 body armor plates, other ceramic/composite or steel body armor and tactical gear, our customer service associates will be happy to help.

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