Level III+ AR650 Lightweight Steel Core Armor

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From military to first responders to civilians, Smith Defense offers top-tier protection with our steel core armor AR650 plates.

What Is Steel Core Level 3+ AR650 Steel Core Armor?

Level 3+ AR650 Steel Core Armor, the lightest steel plates available, protects against threats from most small arms fire. Independent testing shows that the stopping power of AR650 plates with a Level III+ protection rating, although not officially recognized, exceeds that of body armor rated Level III by NIJ.

Advantages of Level III+ Steel AR650 Armor

Extremely thin yet durable, these lightweight steel plates are less bulky than ceramic armor and provide superior comfort and mobility. Level III+ AR650 Plates are also incredibly strong, and will defeat handgun rounds up to .357 Magnum and AR15 and AK47 rifle fire.

What Are the Different Cuts & Coatings for Level III+ AR650 Plates?

Our selection of AR650 steel plate body armor includes shooters cut (sometimes called swimmers cut) and Small Arms Protective Inserts (SAPI). Each plate is coated with either corrosion protection or spall protection finishing to stop rust and prevent spall.



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


After deciding on a plate cut type, pair it with one of our quality plate carriers, tactical gear and accessories. For a complete AR650 III+ bundle try our steel core armor package.

Who Uses AR650 Steel Level 3+ Armor?

SWAT teams, first responders and law enforcement often choose Level III+ AR650 steel armor because it’s lightweight, thin and has amazing stopping power that helps them get “there and back” safely. AR650 plates are also popular among civilian preppers and home defenders.

Choose Smith Defense Level III+ AR650 Steel Plate Armor

Purchasing from Smith Defense means quality products, affordable prices and outstanding service. All of our products, including our AR650 Level III+ Steel Armor, are made by top-tier engineers with premium quality in mind. Smith Defense products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and orders over $375 ship free.

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