Level III AR500 Steel Core Body Armor

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Smith Defense offers quality threat protection for first responders and civilians with our AR500 Steel Body Armor.

What Is Level III Body Armor?

The National Institute of Justice defines level III protection as being a hard plate that can withstand rifle fire. The standard is otherwise known as NIJ-STD-0101.06. AR500 Level 3 Steel Armor Plates are the most popular level on the market due to their durability.

Level III AR500 Steel Armor Advantages

Being thinner and less bulky than composite armor, these durable plates provide greater comfort and mobility. Level III AR500 plates are made from superior steel developed by top-tier engineers. As a hard plate, it can withstand small rifle caliber rounds.

What Are the Different Cuts & Coatings for Level III Steel Core AR500 Body Armor?

Smith Defense AR500 Steel Armor Plates come in various cuts, including shooters cut or the military-designated Small Arms Protective Inserts (SAPI). All of our plates are premium armor finishing-coated to prevent rust and spall injuries.



Premium Armor Finishing 


Small = 8.75" x 11.75

Medium = 9.50" x 12.50"

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 high-quality plate carriers and complete armor systems like our Operator Plate Carrier with AR500 Steel Armor.

Who Uses Level III Steel AR500 Plates?

While being thin, Level III AR500 Steel Armor Plates have incredible stopping power against small arms fire. Law enforcement, SWAT teams and other first responders choose these plates for protection that gets them “there and back” safely. AR500 Level 3 Plates are also the choice of civilian home defenders and preppers.

Choose Smith Defense AR500 Level 3 Steel Body Armor

Buying from Smith Defense means quality products at affordable prices backed up by outstanding customer service. Our AR500 Level III Plates, as with all Smith Defense products, are engineered using top quality materials. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and orders over $375 ship free.

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