For when ounces count, AR500 Armor’s lightweight, UHMWPE (polyethylene), these NIJ Level III approved body armor panels are what you need. They measure 10” x 12” and weigh a mere 3.3 pounds. Featuring an ergonomic single curve, they are affordable ($320), high performing, comfortable and light weight. Wrapped in 600 Denier nylon cover with edge impact padding, these armor panels are 1.3” thick and carry a 5-year shelf life. NIJ Level III 0101.06 certified armor will stop 7.62×51 M80 at 2,800 FPS,  5.56×45 M193 at 3,150 FPS and a 7.62×39 AK 47 at 2,380 FPS. They also defeat all common pistol cartridges, including the .44 Magnum. Other features include stand-alone and multi-hit capability and positive buoyancy. That doesn’t mean it’s a life jacketbut it does mean that its not going to drag you under it you wind up in the pond. AR500 Armor also offers a wide variety of plate carriers designed for inside or outside the shirt wear. Pricing of the plate carriers starts at $39 and goes into the hundreds depending upon features. Contact AR500 Armor, Dept. OT; Tel.: (602) 501-9607; Web: