Originally Posted by jrmy_1:
I just posted the following on m4 forum. Figured I'd copy it here as well if interest.
If anyone wants to buy one of these armor wear plates and test them against 193/855 at 10ft or less, I'd be interested in contributing. Anyone set up to do this? If we can get 8 or so guys involved it will only be about 30$ per person. Any interest?
Testing isn't something that can just be done off the cuff. Also, if firm has had their L3+ plate tested as they say they have by a reputable lab, they've already gone through the hassle. Testing is science, and that involves a very specifically written procedure to ensure that the results can be replicated by someone else.
I know I've seen the testing certs for the L4 plate from these guys, but I don't recall seeing the L3+ certs. It may be worth pinging them to see if they'll provide those to you for sharing with the rest of us. I think a few of us have asked for those, but I don't know if anyone has seen them.
As for these guys being an OEM, and making stuff for other folks...that's a very thin line they are treading. There only so many facilities capable of creating the ceramic plates used in such armor-but there ARE firms that make JUST the plate (Coors, etc), and then these are finished by others for armor purposes. Further, it's very easy to get products from a true OEM (Tencate, BAE, Etc). Slap your own logo on it, along with a slight tweak, and then it becomes your own product.
Video testing...I'm always hesitant to trust what is seen on YouTube. Give me DATA, then let's talk.
In closing-let me leave you with this: Armor is a potentially life saving piece of equipment. Judge the information at hand as if it WILL be used to protect your life, and evaluate/purchase accordingly. (As in-"I'm going to buy this plate, wear it into a firefight, and WILL get hit by threat X Y or Z. As such, will it protect me from said threats? Why do I believe that it will?)