Ballistic Plate Comparison – AR500 – SafeGuard Polyethylene – Ceramic SAPI

This is a quick tabletop comparison of three popular Ballistic plates. The first is a Safeguard (Alphacore) Polyethylene Level III ballistic plate. The second is a …

34 thoughts on “Ballistic Plate Comparison – AR500 – SafeGuard Polyethylene – Ceramic SAPI

  1. Janet Knapp says:

    I'd like to see all 3 plates tested to failure in a single video, and add a 4Life plate to the group! They are a bit heavy, but you don't need any extra protection behind them, and they come curved with a proprietary anti-spall coating already on them, in 2 diff sizes plus the side plates, and are cut for either hand shooters. Thanks muchly! Cheers & hope to see this soon. 🙂

  2. Steven Gibilaro says:

    So I get issued me SAPI plates level III which coast $900 per plate for the government and get defeated by 7.62 from and AK.  I bought AR500 level IV  2 plates that coast me $380 with will shrug off a 30 06 AP

  3. David T. Kaye says:

    Lots of good info and discussion. AR500 wins! The plastic and ceramic plates fail real quick after multiple hits with the backs being blown out and severely deformed so you have to pray for just one hit. Nateo200 mentioned the video with 90 green tips hitting the AR500 until it failed only because of several shots in the exact same spot. The ceramic and plastic is lighter, but as people mentioned you have to factor in the added weight of level III soft armor inserts backing it up. Isn't that a game over? The ceramic and plastic plates ONLY work if you wear level III soft armor behind them. In terms of cost don't forget to add the cost of the plastic or ceramic plate PLUS the cost of each level III insert and the AR500 is a bargain at $85/plate with an anti-frag coating. Uncoated is as low as $60 on ebay. Add the additional thickness of the level III soft inserts to the thickness comparison as well. What about the soft tissue body trauma (broken ribs and huge bruises) from the plastic and ceramic? The AR500 will disperse the projectile without "catching" the bullet and allowing the energy to be absorbed by the body.   

    Bottom line. The ONLY disadvantage to AR500 is weight which might be a factor if you are hiking several miles in full gear. AR500 wins on penetration, multiple hits, cost, and thickness.  Pay a little extra for the anti-frag coating or DO NOT stand near me.

  4. Akrium S says:

    From what I've seen about tests on Polyethylene Plates, the backside deformation is horrific. MAC did it on a dummy and the trauma from the force busted it's chest. Nice plate for weight, but if it takes a hit you'll have bused ribs at the minimum.

  5. nateo200 says:

    AR500 Level III will take between 60 and 90 green tips….Demolition Ranch guy did a video. As for what is the best solution, I don't know! For me I would probably like to mix and match. I would go with a lightweight ceramic plate or polyethylene plate in the front and an AR500 III+ plate in the back. The reason being is my plate carrier is always much heavier in the front and a lighter plate in the front will help balance out the weight disparity.

  6. The Walker says:

    I have a question: If you combined 2 of the Level 3A plates (I'm thinking 2 of the soft plates or 1 soft and 1 hard), what kind of level of protection would you get, Level 3? Or would it give you a protection some where between 3A and 3?

  7. Devin Du says:

    Thanks for the video.  What is your feedback/take on Infidel Body Armor,  Level IV SAPI Multi Curve – Made from Alumina Ceramic Composite with a proprietary backing all covered with 1000 Denier Cordura Fabric.  Would you say it is better than the regular/standard ceramic SAPI or the standard steel plate?  Much appreciated your input….

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