Smith Defense is proud to service the body armor needs of elite professionals, such as first responders, law enforcement and military members, who may need protection from higher velocity ammunition. We’re delighted to also offer the same grade of quality to civilians who require top-tier protection, to ensure you get there and back safely.
We have teamed up with a superior steel mill to provide high-quality military steel core armor. Starting at the mill process all the way down to the finished product you receive in your hand the quality control all the way through the production process is their priority, tracking the material, documenting the process, taking necessary measures to ensure there are no changes on the ballistic properties on EACH individual plate.
Smith Defense Level III+ AR550 Steel Armor has met and exceeded the NIJ-STD-0101.06 Level III standards. NIJ-STD-0101.06(NIJ Standard Level III) testing is required to stop 6 shots of 7.62 x 51mm FMJ, steel-jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 147gr and a velocity of 2,780 fps. Smith Defenses’ Level III+ AR550 Steel Plates have been tested to stop 7.62 x 51mm M80 FMJ at the required grain and velocity, the test results came back with the velocity(ft/s) of 2,801 fps during the V0 Testing, SS109, 7.62 x 39mm M43 MSC and one shot of 7.62 x 63mm 180gr, JSP(.30-06). These results have exceeded the minimum standard required to pass the NIJ Level III Standard. Smith Defense has integrity with all their body armor products, we will only deliver the highest quality product and ensure that you get there and back safely! Weights(Single Plate): 7.25"x11.50" Spall Protection | 7lbs +/- 9.50"x12.50" Spall Protection | 8lbs +/- 11"x14" Spall Protection | 10lbs +/- (The weights given above can vary from plate to plate, the spall protection can either be heavier or lighter)