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Military, Tactical, and Outdoor Recreational Gear - From the "Land of the Midnight Sun"


QUICK NOTE: I don’t like the term bulletproof vest for a couple of reasons; one, the vest itself isn’t resistant to projectiles (it’s the armor within the vest/carrier that is resistant to projectiles) and two, even with armor the kit is only resistant up to the level of the armor rating it is holding (level 3 body armor, level 4 body armor etc…).

Today is a basic overview of body armor from to AR500 Armor and Spartan Armor Systems however, in the future we will be getting down into the nitty gritty of individual plates, ratings, testing etc...

A couple of Pros and Cons before we start:

AR500 Armor

Pro. AR500 Armor has some great products (if not the best, they are one of the best companies on the market)

Con. AR500 Armor lead times can be a little too long for my liking (if waiting a couple of months for a great product is ok with you then this may be a great option.

Spartan Armor Systems

Pro. The lead times are on par with the rest of the industry and they have some nice pre-packaged units at an affordable price.

Con. They do not have the same variety of items and the quality of fit may not be quite as good as AR500 Armor.


After wearing heavy body armor (IBA and IOTV) in Iraq and Afghanistan, I prefer to wear the lightest weight body armor with the most protection. AR500 Armor has some great Level III+ Lightweight (Rifle Rated) Body Armor. Their Level III+ Lightweight plates are like the standard level III+ plates, except they “made them thinner and lighter! The result is an evolved form of steel body armor that is currently the lightest and highest rated ballistic steel core body armor on the market.”

  • Independently tested and rated to NIJ 0101.06 standards to defeat six (6) rounds of 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball from 51’ at 2,780 feet per second.
  • Special Threat tested to defeat 5.56 x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109 (Penetrators) at 3,000 feet per second.
  • Special Threat tested to defeat 7.62x39, and 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball at 2,850 feet per second.

P.S. AR500 Armor has some 3.5 lb plates that I need to buy for myself.


Whether you are looking for Black, Coyote Brown, Ranger Green, or Multicam, Spartan Armor Systems has some very good, affordable Plate Carrier Packages that you can get quickly.

  • Spartan AR500 Omega™ Packages
  • Spartan AR550 Packages
  • Spartan AR650 Armaply Packages
  • Spartan Armor Composite/Ceramic Package

Whether you are looking for a package or individual plates for your system, both AR500 Armor and Spartan Armor Systems have what you need and remember it isn't the vest/carrier it is what you put inside.

Frequently Asked Questions:

With the new restrictions pending in congress can I own Body Armor?

Short Answer: YES Owning Body Armor is legal for residents in all States except for Connecticut. Connecticut residents must be active Law Enforcement or Military and provide necessary credentials.

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Can I fly domestically with Body Armor?

SHORT ANSWER: YES, but remember if you are traveling with body armor you could be subjugated to more extensive searches and questioning by airport security and it is recommend that you call TSA ahead of your travel (restrictions can be subjective with the TSA Officials and are always subject to change).


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