Strike Industries Strike Plate: Body Armor for Civilians

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Strike Industries’ Strike Plate is a body armor plate designed specifically for civilians. Because it has not been designed to be concealable it is legal everywhere in the USA.

The plate meets the NIJ Level III-A/06 level of ballistic protection (pistol rounds up to and including .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum but not rifle rounds) as well as NIJ STAB III level of protection against edged and pointed weapons. The armor will provide protection from multiple rounds and blunt force trauma.

The large sized version of the plate (10″x13″x.55″) weighs 4.375 lbs. It is coated in plastic to protect the laminate armor from chemicals and UV rays.

Strike Plate vs. Competitors (according to Strike Industries)

The MSRP is $120.

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  • fjkhoury01

    Im quite sure that concealable armor level 4 and below wheather ceramic or not is entirely legal in all states but Connecticut as long is its not used in the comission of a crime or if your a felon.

  • Munkfish

    I am unfamiliar with any laws pertaining to body armor. Is there a kind of armor that is illegal in the US? I know most suppliers are a bit stingy about who they sell to, asking for a military, police, or CC ID; but it always came across as an issue of public image and less of a matter of law.

    • gunslinger

      Yeah, i didn’t know body armor was illegal either. can someone post any articles, or pages with the laws or talking about them?

      i guess there is “no normal” person would need body armor. only those who want to do bad things and not get shot… but i don’t see that as a valid reason.

      so thanks in advance for more info.

      • James

        http://www.bulletproofme.com/Quick_Answers.shtml

        I don’t know the legitimacy of this site, but the info seems relatively solid.

      • zack991

        You ask and you shall receive.
        18 U.S.C. § 931 : US Code – Section 931: Prohibition on purchase, ownership, or possession of body armor

        (a) In General. – Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall
        be unlawful for a person to purchase, own, or possess body armor,
        if that person has been convicted of a felony that is -
        (1) a crime of violence (as defined in section 16); or
        (2) an offense under State law that would constitute a crime of
        violence under paragraph (1) if it occurred within the special
        maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
        (b) Affirmative Defense. -
        (1) In general. – It shall be an affirmative defense under this
        section that -
        (A) the defendant obtained prior written certification from
        his or her employer that the defendant’s purchase, use, or
        possession of body armor was necessary for the safe performance
        of lawful business activity; and
        (B) the use and possession by the defendant were limited to
        the course of such performance.
        (2) Employer. – In this subsection, the term “employer” means
        any other individual employed by the defendant’s business that
        supervises defendant’s activity. If that defendant has no
        supervisor, prior written certification is acceptable from any
        other employee of the business.

  • Erik

    Standard Ceramic Plates are legal in California and Virginia as long as you’re not a felon or using it during the commission of a crime…

    Why get these over rifle plates?

  • AK™

    Body Armor..for when you have “..the intent to protect yourself from a shooter.”

    Why there oughta be a law against that.

    Apparently there is such a law in Connecticut. Weird.

    • John F

      Connecticut does not restrict you from owning body armor. They just make it difficult to obtain. You cannot mail order it, you have to buy it Face-To-Face. Because of this, not many retailers carry it, but it can still be had legally, if you really want it.

  • noob

    looks like it could fit in a s&s precision plate frame

    http://www.sandsprecision.com/

  • noob

    and here is the sec-pro level IIIA ballistic “hockey” mask
    http://www.securityprousa.com/tabaleiiima.html

    wear it with the plates and scare the bejeezus out ef everyone.

  • zack991

    I am sorry but for a little bit more I can buy a ceramic plate that is designed to stop 7.62 rifle rounds. You can get them online and yes some dealers are hard pressed to sell to civilians, but most will sell them to you with a simple background check so to cover their butt.

    • Lance

      This wont stop a 7.62x39mm round. This is IIIA which can stop a .44mag round. Level III is rifle rated not IIIA.

      • Alex

        Did you read his comment?

  • nobody

    I don’t know what they are talking about with certain body armor being illegal. I just looked at several sights that sell it and only restrictions they mention are in most places you can’t be a convicted felon and that in Maryland you have to purchase it in a face to face transaction, if there were states or areas that banned certain kinds of body armor you would think they would mention it similar to how websites that sell ammo or magazines actually say the areas that there are restrictions for. So now I’m wondering, why as a civilian would I want to purchase body armor designed specifically to not be concealable when there are options that are.

    Also their chart is wrong, not all ceramic plates need armor backing and it is a poor comparison to claim it weighs less when almost all ceramic plates can stop rifle rounds while this one can’t.

  • Patrick

    Now all the mall ninjas will be happy!

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Steve (The Firearm Blog)

    Please correct me if I am wrong, but I was under the impression that steel plates required some sort of armor backing, such as a Level IIIA vest because when a steel plate is hit there sprall is launched on the opposite side (towards the wearer).

    Am I wrong?

    • mosinman

      i believe so, at least if i had some steel plate armour id wear a backing. in ww1 often times tank crews were injured becuase there were no spall liners so they had to improvise and make masks and vests to protect themselves when the tank was hit and shards of metal went flying

      • noob

        this plate is advertised in the video as an encapsulated laminate with an integral spall catching layer under the plastic solvent proof coating. the material was apparently made for trailers and mobile mess buildings for soldiers worried about mortar fragments. it was supposed to be thin and light so you didn’t need bundles of spall liner on the inside. with that in mind, a direct mortar hit or a HESH hit was *not* in the design brief and would definitely mess up the day of anything inside a frag rated trailer.

    • Zach

      You’re partially true. There are IIIA “Rifle Plates” that will not defeat rifle rounds without a soft armor backing. In this situation, the strike industries plate is what is known as a stand-alone plate, capable of defeating all the rounds it is graded for without addition soft armor backing.

  • somecop

    So.. what’s the point of a non-concealable body armor again?

    • noob

      for bugout and shtf? i remember the korean grocers standing on the roofs of their stores in full swat turtle gear after katrina

  • D

    no laws against body armor in Texas as long as you arent a felon.

  • mosinman

    id buy this! not expensive at all if it works as advertised

  • Dangermouae

    So if I understand correctly fellons comiting crime will be breaking the law if they do it searing body armour?
    More stupid laws making victims of innocent people and ignored by the criminal.

  • Brendan

    Anybody else notice the typo at the end of the demo video? I suppose that’s why these guys are engineers rather than teachers.

  • Jeff

    Why is there IIIA hard armor when there is IIIA soft armor? Similarly, why wear IIIA plates when you can wear III?

  • mosinman

    i wonder if you stack enough of these plates together, would it be enough to stop rifle rounds?

    • PK Rey

      i wouldnt be surprised if these plates did stop intermediate rifle rounds unlke our old issued ceramic plates marked “7.62mm”. I’m most likely going to purchase a few of these and put up a couple vids of these against the AK and M1 garand if possible

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  • Dan

    Can I purchase advanced body armor (boron carbide ceramic plates with spectre