Most steel plates are made of Abrasian Resistant Brinnel Toughness 500 (AR500) steel. 3/8" steel plates will NOT stand up to penetrator rounds of any type. SS109 usually cuts through them (especially at closer ranges) and AP 30-06 will breach a 3/8" AR500 plate guaranteed. This is the same steel you see on steel targets at the range, typically--the vulnerability to AP rounds is why ranges frown upon shooting steel plates with ammo like 30-06 AP or green tip 5.56.Midnight Raver said:I would like to hear some more about the ceramic plates and related stuff like composition and strength. Also, the steel penetrator plates- what kind of hardness are they equal to? I would love to check some out on my friend's Rockwell Hardness test machine! :ugeek:
The hard "ceramic" layers in regular SAPI plates have layers of a kevlar-like material (don't know the official name of it) to help stop the fragmentation and to keep the ceramic compartmentalized. This, in addition to the soft panel, is what provides the protection. So, if anyone wants to buy ceramic plates that aren't brand new, the condition of the wrapping IS important. Also, press your fingers firmly into the plates, front and back, as well as gripping opposing corners and with some force (not too much) attempt to bend or twist. If you hear any crunching, then the plates are compromised and do not buy them.John Canuck said:The DIYer at AR15.com used some rhino liner on the back of his test tile. Was that in place of what would normally be soft armor to catch the fragments? That is what's normally done right... Soft armor against the body with plate over top?
There are two concerns with hard rifle plates:John Canuck said:The DIYer at AR15.com used some rhino liner on the back of his test tile. Was that in place of what would normally be soft armor to catch the fragments? That is what's normally done right... Soft armor against the body with plate over top?
I found the flag laying around my unit and just had it laying around in my bag after. It's an IR flag non the less. As far as the dot, it was just some velcro that came with it. They arent on it anymore. This photo was back when I first bought the carrier. It now has the Crye side plater carriers. I like this compared to normal carriers because its lightweight and rides high enough to allow the wear of a a battle belt taking a lot of the weight off of my shoulders.Avtomat-Acolyte said:That flag looks weird. Who made it?
Also, what's up with the three black dots?