Reply to "Confused About Buying Rifle Plates, Carriers, and Helmets for PATROL OFFICERS? Start Here."

Thank you for all the replies.  I have had the unfortunate task of choosing plates for a small department.   I have no expertise and the only experience I have with plates is wearing what the Army gave me.   The only definitive factor is that these plates will be stored for years in 4x4 vehicles with outside temps from -30 to low 90s.   They will be ICW  patrol issued IIIa soft armor.  As with most decisions, this will be fodder for the sharpshooters to find fault and admin to find excess expense.  I already know the level IV standard is not the realistic threat in this area, but any  AR/AK ammo and any hunting round designed to harvest yotes to elk is definitely on the plate.   I have seen  several plates that I thought were viable options, but I have already been questioned on their NIJ .04 rating rather than the NIJ .06.    I personally am not committed to the means that level III and IV plates are stratified and the special threat plates seem to accommodate that.  However, I will probably have to justify any decision based on a standard that can be quantified.    If I step outside of the NIJ testing realm, then that obviously makes any decision more difficult to defend.  So if company A decided not to submit plates to NIJ, but they tested them through allegedly independent research facility Z how do I know that facility Z isn't biased by the contracted tests.  Or how did you go with a NIJ .04 rated plate when NIJ .06 plates are available, etc... etc...  

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