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NIJ Level IV Rifle Plates

We offer 3 specifications of level 4 plates. One is a standard type, one a combination of level 4 & 3 and one standalone combination of level 4 & 3.

The latter two types are world class innovations with astonishing capability when compared with other suppliers plates.

Level 4 is a level to defeat high powered rifles using 7.62X63 mm Armour Piercing ammunition. Such ammunition is used in long distance assassination attempts - often to penetrate walls and vehicles to reach their target.

Fortunately, this type of ammunition is not standard issue to combat troops. It is used for distance elimination of a military threat - which might be you.

Calibre

Type

m/sec

HAP-6

HAP-7

HAP-8

Description

Level IV

Combination Level IV
Level III

Standalone
Level IV
Level III

5.45X39

Mild Steel Core

930

3

6

6

5.56X45

M193 Ball

1000

3

6

6

5.56X45

SS109 NATO

1000

3

6

6

7.62X39

Mild Steel Core

740

3

6

6

7.62X39

AP

740

3

6

6

7.62X39

API

740

 

6

6

7.62X51

M80 NATO

853

1

6

6

7.62X51

FNM AP

835

 

3

3

7.62X51

FN P80 AP

835

 

1

6

7.62X54

Light Ball

870

 

6

6

7.62X54

Sniper Ball

830

 

3

6

7.62X63

30-06 APM2

883

1

1

1

Plate Weight

3.25

3.0

2.85

Curvature

Double

Double

Single

Price per plate (ex)

83.31

116.65

199.87

Price per Plate (inc)

99.97

139.98

239.84

M80 NATO (Level III) highlighted for comparative purposes

An interesting concept arises with Level IV plates. Most buyers wrongly assume that a Level IV will pass the Level III test.
This anomaly is because Level IV must resist “ONE” shot of severe impact, whilst the Level III plate must resist “SIX” shots of less severe impact.
This fact apparently contradicts all previous advice on ascending ballistic levels. In practice the two tests can (and should) not be compared.

In the above the HAP-6 would pass a one impact pass at Level III on a M80 NATO Round. We know from experience the plate would fail at 6 shots. Many suppliers would be happy to verbally report their Level IV would sail through any Level III test. In reality this is not the case; which is why so few suppliers publish tables like the above.

Our HAP-7 plate offers the best all round solution to threats of unknown or changing threats. It covers all war-zone threats and deliberate high power rifle assassination threats. If a risk assessment concludes a “life threatening threat” from a military rifle, then we might suggest this plate to cover all eventuality. The HAP-7 has a capability that eliminates the need for professional advice when choosing a plate specification.

Stab Vest, Stab Vests, Stab Proof Vest and Stab Proof Vests are common terms for body armour with a defined level of resistance to a knife or pointed weapon. The same also applies to bullet proof vest terminology - bullet proof vests have a defined level of ballistic resistance.

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