When you take a look at the various types of threats, one also needs to consider the design, density and velocity of bullets you could encounter. Each will have a different amount of energy to distribute throughout a target, dissipate in unique ways and some are more dangerous (and harder to protect yourself against) than others.
Projectiles are engineered with various purposes in mind, whether that be personal defense, tactical takedowns, hunting or general target practice. While some ammunition may be designed to enter and leave a target creating a narrow wound channel, others are designed to mushroom, stay inside the target and inflict the most damage possible. We can see this evidence in ballistic testing for penetration and stopping power. This is the number one reason why ensuring you have the proper plates in your body armor is so important.
The Danger of Rifle Rounds
Soft body armor vests are a great option for fragmentation and average pistol protection but will NOT stop bullets discharged from rifles. Rifle cartridges propel their projectiles at much higher velocities than bullets made for handguns. They are both heavier and faster, which means they don’t slow down as quickly and typically hit their target with more energy, resulting in deeper penetration.
In today’s world, first responders and civilians alike also need to take into account the possibility of facing an incident with armor-piercing bullets. These rounds have been designed to penetrate ballistic armor and protective shields intended to stop or deflect conventional bullets. Our thoughts? It’s better to start with the top level of protection possible than to risk being shot because you didn’t think you’d face a specific type of threat.
The Rifle Plate Rundown
So how does a person prepare for and protect against increasingly dangerous circumstances? The answer is a rifle plate. If you want to have the best chance of surviving an attack with this type of firearm and high-velocity ammunition, this is what you need. No exceptions. Without one, you may still be vulnerable. When you choose to purchase a rifle plate, you can erase any doubts lower-levels of armor may leave you with. Rifle plates act as a heavy-duty addition to your soft body armor and offer increased peace-of-mind.
What Makes Rifle Plates So Powerful?
Rifle plates can be made from ceramic, steel or polyethylene, but in general, they’re made from different materials for the purpose of adding additional protection to certain types of body armor. This is where optimal defense from rifle assaults happens. Safe Life Defense’s rifle plates are constructed with Al203 + Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. When they’re used in conjunction with level IIIA or IIIA+ vests for Level IV protection, you put yourself in the safest position possible.
Armor Up the Right Way
Acquiring the proper plates is the first step, but you also need to know how to use them. Our rifle plates can easily be inserted into the front and back pockets on any of our Tactical, First Response, or Concealed Carriers for quick protection benefits. These plates are able to better protect the wearer by taking on multiple hits and stopping up to 30-06 steel-core armor penetrating rounds. That’s something to celebrate!
Selecting the Safest Option
We often get asked, “Would Safe Life Defense Rifle Plates be the best fit for me?” and there are a number of reasons why our body armor is the cream of the crop.
- Mass: Coming in at only 5.8 pounds, our lightweight plates allow for increased comfort in comparison to other gear on the market and they’re the easiest to carry.
- Motion: Created with a built-in shooter’s cut to allow increased movement, our plates allow you to “get off the X” and either into or out of the fight faster.
- Stopping Power: Capable of taking on multiple hits and stopping up to 30-06 steel-core armor penetrating rounds, our plates are ready to defend against the deadliest of threats.
- Quality: Constructed with Al203 + Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, you know you’re getting a product constructed with rigorous standards.
- Confidence: An Incident Guarantee and a Five-Year Warranty are just a couple of the perks we offer. You can rest easy knowing we back our products and put our customers' safety first.
All in all, rifle plates are an option for everyone and anyone to consider. If you’re regularly in the line of fire, this safety gear will be an essential item for you. But, if you feel you need a little more information to make a decision, we understand. Want to see what our rifle plates can do? Check out this video to see them in action.