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.
They 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 AR500 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 AR500 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 average velocity of 2,795 fps during the V0 Testing. 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): 8"x10" Spall Protection | 7lbs +/- 10"x12" 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)
Smith Defense Systems offers a wide variety of high quality competing plate carriers in the industry. As a company, we have decided to become a distributor of Shellback Tactical. Shellback Tactical has the "Operator Envolved Gear" mindset and commitment, applying it towards all of their current tactical gear and future upcoming products. They understand that being an Operator whether your mission or needs are Military, Law Enforcement, Fire, and or EMS you can count on them to provide advanced equipment. The Shellback Banshee Plate carrier is made of 500D Cordura, with a wide variety of colors to choose from. Fully adjustable shoulder straps, offering a padded system for increased comfortability. This plate carrier is lighter than ever before weighing in at just 2 lbs 5 oz. While having extreme versatility it also comes with several points of PALS webbing attachments covering the front and the back. The Shellback Banshee Plate Carrier is made in the USA and offers a lifetime warranty.
Shellback Banshee Plate Carrier Specifications:
500D Cordura PALS webbing
Bar tacking at main stress points
Removable cummerbund allowing for a quick donning
Cummerbund accepts 17" x 6" soft armor panels
Bottom loading plate pocket holding standard 10" x 12" or ESAPI body armor plates
Available colors: Black, Coyote Brown, Ranger Green, and Multicam(for an extra added charge)