Plate carriers are useful items. They place life saving ballistic protection between you and direct hits from incoming gunfire to your core. It carries your gear, spare ammunition, and medical supplies. Stopping an otherwise debilitating or lethal hit allows you another chance to move, to get cover, to return fire.
It allows you to stay in the fight.
But unless you are rolling out in an MRAP with an armed and armored team you’re probably not EDCing a plate carrier. Unless you are sitting with a badge in an office or a police cruiser you are probably not EDCing a vest.
Armor makes you a harder target. Carrying armor is not always easily accomplished.
AR500 Armor has made it easier to accomplish in two ways.
The AR500 Backpack Armor series has three pieces designed to fit into any space you could place a 15″ laptop with room for the laptop too. The rear panel of most backpacks has a laptop space or a hydration pocket where the soft armor and/or plate can slide in.
The Rimeleg panel is 1.6lbs and .46″ thick of IIIA magnum handgun rated protection.
The Level III 9.5″x13″ Coated Plate varies between .26″ and .48″ thick depending on the coating thickness selected. It adds 8lbs but can stop rifle fire up to 5.56/.223 and 7.62/.308.
The Hybrid gives you the same level IIIA magnum handgun rated protection but at a lighter 1.5lbs and .25″ thick. Pairing it with a plate and the 9.5lbs .51″ thick package covers both pistol and rifle impacts with the Hybrid padding the torso from the kinetic transfer through the plate.
Wear the bag across the chest to advance or while facing a threat. Worn properly on the back move away quickly.
Having the options is the first way AR500 is aiding.
Making them more available is the second.
These options could get you and yours home safely. It is a choice you can make independently and personally to stay in the fight and survive.