Steel Core Body Armor

About Smith Defense Steel Body Armor

Smith Defense carries abrasion-resistant (AR) steel plate body armor in Brinell hardness ratings from 500 to 650. Examples include Level III AR500 & Level III+ AR550 Steel Core Armor and Level III+ AR650 Lightweight Steel Plate Armor.

Benefits of Steel Core Body Armor

Although slightly heavier than some composite armor, steel plate body armor costs less, which makes it a great choice for entry-level protection. Known for durability and stopping power, steel body armor plates are typically thinner than ceramic plates (¼” steel armor with corrosion protection vs. ½” composite/ceramic armor), giving the user increased comfort and mobility under most conditions.

What Are the Different Cuts & Coatings for Steel Core Body Armor?

Premium quality steel body armor plates for sale from Smith Defense are available in shooters cut sizes small, medium and large. Our Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) cut comes in small, medium and extra-large sizes. Actual plate dimensions vary with the cut type and size. Both style cuts are coated with premium armor finishing to prevent rust and spall injuries to the wearer.



Premium Armor Finishing 


Small = 8.75" x 11.75

Medium = 9.50" x 12.50"

X-Large = 11.00" x 14.00"

Corrosion Protection or Spall Protection 

Shooters Cut 

Small = 8.00" x 10.00"

Medium = 10.00" x 12.00"

Large = 11.00" x 14.00"

Corrosion Protection or Spall Protection 


We also carry a selection of armor plate carriers, armor packages and tactical gear to enhance your armor system.

Who Uses Steel Plate Body Armor?

Steel body plates are among the most widely used armor systems around. They’re worn by first responders, military personnel, law enforcement, civilian preppers, home defenders and anyone needing reasonably priced ballistic protection.

Smith Defense Carries Only the Best Steel Body Armor Plates for Sale

When you buy from Smith Defense, you’ll get quality products and outstanding service. We sell the very best steel plate armor made from the highest-quality materials and with top-tier engineering in mind. Shipping is free on orders over $375, plus we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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