Magnetic, Concealable & Lightweight… Must be ANGEL ARMOR | SHOT 2017

Angel Armor

When it comes to armor for your body, vehicle, or more special purposes, Angel Armor likely has not what you want, but rather what you need! They specialize in law enforcement and civilian protective armor ranging from preventing stab attacks to centerfire rifle cartridges. At SHOT Show 2017, Angel Armor showcased multiple products marketing to everyone from school children to high level law enforcement.

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Truth 47S + Truth 44S = Truth 308S

Truth Snap – Magnetic Plate System

Truth Snap is Angel Armor’s trauma plate, or magnetic body armor system. There are 2 different trauma plates that can be purchased: Truth 44S & Truth 47S. These each have unique attributes, thicknesses, and levels of protection. What makes them special though is their feathery light weight and their ability to magnetically stack on each other for magnified protection. Individually and collectively the plates are obviously light, but together they definitely beef up their protective qualities. When magnetically stacked, they can protect against 7.62mm NATO/.308 Winchester 150 Grain FMJ (M80). The Truth Snap trauma plates also work in conjunction with their “Rise” modular armor vest which we will get to shortly. Here’s the skinny on the trauma plates:

  • Truth 44S – rated up to .44 MAG; 0.38 – 1.08 Lbs (Depending on size); $144 – $218 (Depending on size)
  • Truth 47S – rated up to 7.62x39mm; 0.81 – 2.29 Lbs (Depending on size); $192 – $362 (Depending on size)
  • Truth 308S – rated up to 7.62 NATO; 1.17 – 3.31 Lbs (Depending on size); $329 – $572 (Depending on size)
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RISE – Ballistic Carrier System

RISE – Soft Body Armor Platform

“RISE is a ballistic carrier system engineered to offer safety, comfort, mobility and versatility in one complete, concealed package.” – Angel Armor

That pretty much sums it up. This soft body armor platform can be tailored to a man’s or woman’s build or figure. It is not a one-size-fits-all situation as to ensure the officer is protected, yet comfortable at the same time. Each unit is custom by supplying your fit and size information to Angel Armor when you order. The previously mentioned Truth Snap plates fit this platform seamlessly; whether you are using individual plates or stacked.

A small detail you can see to the right is that each RISE unit has a long cloth tail that hangs from the front (pictured) and back (not pictured). You might be asking, “What in the heck are those for?” Pretty simple answer, actually. An officer can use those tails to tuck them into their pants so if they make quick movements their armor carrier is not bouncing around.

It is all in the little details.

With different color options, sizing demands, plate choices, and body armor ratings the pricing is extremely variable. It is best to give Angel Armor a call for a better gauge of pricing, but you will roughly be looking in the ballpark of $1,129 – $1,569 at MSRP.

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Ally One – 9″x12″ Panel

Ally One – Portable Armored Panels

For the everyday civilian, you may want some type of ballistic protection, but it is not feasible (or socially acceptable) to walk around with a plate carrier on. A terrific alternative is Ally One. These are portable armored panels that can be inserted into a messenger bag, backpack, briefcase, or laptop bag. It is able to protect against a .44 MAG and is Level III-A NIJ (National Institute of Justice, ratings for Body Armor). This armored panel could be used by an attorney in a court room, a student on campus, or a busy individual on the go.

While speaking with the great folks at Angel Armor, they stated that they saw a need for something like this due to multiple, tragic events in recent years. It is somewhat disheartening that a need exists for a product like this, I agreed, but it is always better to have and not need… than need and not have. It is the same reason why we have smoke detectors, airbags, and concealed carry. Hopefully we never need any of these things.

The standard Ally One armored panel is $149, has dimensions of 9″ x 12″, and weighs 13.6 ounces. When it comes to simplicity and safety, the Ally One provides just that.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Dickie

    What are they made of?

    • it’s just Boris


      • Rick O’Shay

        It’s right there in the name.

    • RSG

      Why get bogged down with such trivial info when it comes to ancillary gear. It’s not like consumers really care. /s

  • Suppressed

    Neat idea and all, but if I’m investing in armor I want to be protected from the most common rifle caliber (5.56/.223) and since they didn’t mention it I’m going to assume these don’t stop it. Or am I wrong here (srs question, not rhetorical.)?

    • Bradley

      The 308S model listed above is level 3 which is rated up to regular 7.62. That would include 5.56/.223. They only thing rated higher would be level 4 which is rated to armor piercing 7.62.

      • Suppressed

        OK, thank you. I was (mistakenly) under the impression that M193/M855 and some other 5.56/.223 loads will punch right through a fair amount of Lvl III plates. I was thinking that even though the charts give the impression of protection, there have been YouTube videos showing contrary. However, this is all going off of foggy memory, therefore I’m deferring to your expertise on the subject and accepting your response as correct. Again, thank you.

        • RSG

          Some of the 556 rounds, shot out of longer barrels (20″) that reach 3200fps can punch through. Plenty of evidence on YouTube. Search the “Wound Channel” for more info as he specializes on this stuff

        • Bradley

          I am no sort of expert. All I can go on is the nij specs. There are probably too many types of variables and different ammunition to be certain of anything. Knowing what little I do I would probably go with 3 if I were going to invest in some. I guess you just have to try and balance cost/weight/risk level/etc.

        • User

          5.56×45 M193 55grain can go fast enough out of a 16″barrel to go trough lvl3 plates. Out of 20″ its basicly guaranteed, goes trough lvl3 and lvl3a at ONCE, and its still lethal! And even better are Solid copper/brass (doesnt matter if hollow point or not). These are harder and often light (53-52-50grain) and extremly fast.

          For lvl3+ you need 5.56×45 M855A1 EPR.

        • valorius

          Not all armor protects the same, regardless of listed protection level. I’ve tested lvl IIIA vests that will stop high velocity 5.7x28mm and IIIA’s that won’t. Likewise, i’ve seen M193 go through plates that stop M80.

          • Suppressed

            This is basically what I was getting at and why I’m not having too much faith in this product’s ability to stop 5.56. That being said, I realize I could be completely wrong.

          • valorius

            You would have to test it. Unless the product specifically lists a load (or analogous load), there’s just no way to know.

      • AC97

        And by “armor-piercing 7.62”, you mean armor-piercing 7.62×63 (30-06).

      • valorius

        5.56mm M193 penetrates more than M80 7.62mm.

        So stopping one may not be analogous to the other.

    • Bradley

      According to the nij website level 3 must be tested with .30 projectile 147gr at 2,780 fps. As someone stated I’m sure actual performance varies by manufacturer and a thousand other variables.

  • Rohn Ussery

    What is the shelf life?

    • valorius

      There is no shelf life on kevlar body armor, regardless of what the manufacturers tell you. I’ve tested 20+ year old vests that still stop everything they were originally rated for. I’ve never had a vest fail due to age in my tests.

  • gordon

    I thought a lot, if not all, soft armor carriers had that tuck in.

    • Bill

      Most do. I often cut them off as they’re one more thing that gets untucked.

      If your armor is flopping around you’re wearing it wrong. It should be snug, like a bra. Or so I’ve been told.

      • iksnilol

        How do you stop it from flopping then?

        • Bill

          Vests come with elastic and Velcro straps that cinch around the sides and hold the front and back together

          • iksnilol

            Can still move vertically if you jump or climb tho.

          • Bill

            I’ve never found that to be a problem. Properly fitted and worn, they are really snug, like a compression shirt.

      • Sianmink

        I’m surprised more carriers don’t have elastic straps that clip to the belt. Nobody wants armor riding up on them.

    • valorius

      Both of mine do.

  • ^0^/

    Dang that hexagon pattern is gorgeous. (Ofcourse its not seen anyways in a plate carrier), but magnetic?, will it further accelerate a steelcore bullet? haha xD

  • James Young

    I understand that the armor is meant to protect your vitals, but these things always seem to cover too little to make it worth all that money. Make a little wider and go down to the groin would be more useful right?

    • Saint Stephen the Obvious

      Yes armor generally protects the vital areas (heart, lungs, etc).

      The groin is not a vital area but some companies do make groin plates, but they often restrict movement during certain activities.


      • VanDiemensLand

        You might not consider the groin a vital area, but I’m of a very different opinion!!

      • iksnilol

        Oh it is a vital area. You get hit there, you bleed out quickly.

    • I like my groin protected too, but it does highly restrict mobility.

  • Angel Armor is on fire for creative armor solutions. I’m really impressed with the RISE armor and their new vehicle window armor. They started with vehicle door armor, the produced RISE, and then produced their window armor this year. These plates are lightweight. A person can run standard pistol and shotgun protection while still having good mobility. Even when up-armoring to rifle protection the overall package is manageable. The magnetic connections are fantastic for assured proper fit.

  • guest

    what’s with the rating terminology? It’s called IIIA, III and IV!