PRICE IS FOR A SET OF 2 SIDE PLATES
RMA’s Level IV (Model #1155sp) side armor plate SET is a cost effective, multi-hit rated, NIJ .06 compliant plate that offers superior Level IV protection to the vital organs above your hips. 6″x6″ side armor plates are the most commonly worn side plates on the market Professionally wrapped, water resistant, and manufactured 100% at RMA’s factory in Centerville, Iowa to defeat rifle rounds up to and including 30.06 M2AP rounds.
RMA is the most sought after brand of armor plates by law enforcement officers in the United States. We’ve proven to be the strongest, top engineered, and most efficient manufacturer in the country. Nobody else comes close. Owned and operated by a former police officer and US Marine who has worn armor in two careers and knows what you need.
SIDE ARMOR PLATE COMPATABILITY
If you already own a plate carrier, please check with the manufacturer to ensure that your plate carrier accepts side plates. The Shellback SF Plate Carrier has built in side armor plate pouches into the cummerbund. The Condor MOPC plate carrier, Shellback Banshee and Banshee 2.0, along with the Crye Precision JPC 1.0 and 2.0 do not accept side armor plates. In that case, we have two side plate pouches you can attach to your carrier. One, is the Condor Side plate pouch, the other is the Shellback Tactical Side Plate Pouch set.
- Stand Alone Armor
- Full Edge-to-Edge Protection on its 6″ x 6″ Strikeface
- Warranty: 10 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
- Armor Shape: Single-Curve
- Armor Cut: Side Armor Cut
- Weight: 2.47 lbs per side plate
- Thickness: 1″
- Armor Build: Alumina Oxide Ceramic & Polyethylene
- 600 Denier Water Resistant Cover
- NIJ 0101.06 Compliant (Side Plates cannot be certified)
- Made in Centerville, IA – USA
- RMA Return Policy
- RMA Hard Armor Warranty Policy
LEVEL IV BODY ARMOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Rounds Will Level 4 Body Armor Defeat?
According to National Institute of Justice compliance standards, level 4 body armor plates are required to defeat one 7.62×63 (30.06) M2AP round with a backface deformation of 44mm or less. In RMA’s independent testing, the model 1155 level 4 armor plate defeats between 2-3 of those rounds (depending on shot placement), while passing back face deformation requirements as well.
Each of RMA’s level 4 body armor plates are tested at NIJ approved testing laboratories, like Oregon Ballistics Lab (OBL), NTS-Wichita or others and our official test reports are listed available for anyone to see.
There are also many independent tests done on all of RMA’s Level 4 body armor plates which can been seen on RMA’s Youtube page. Or you can search Youtube for “RMA Armament Level 4 Body Armor” and see a large amount of independent tests and reviews of our armor.
RMA’s level 4 body armor plates can also defeat a wide array of other common rifle rounds such as m855a1, m855 green tip, 7.62x54r, m80 NATO, 7.62.39 msc and much more. Please see our Body Armor Ballistics Chart for a more basic representation of body armor ballistic standards.
You also may be wondering what can penetrate level 4 body armor as well? One of the most common rounds we get asked about is a .50 cal. Currently, the NIJ 0101.06/07 standard does not list .50 BMG as a test round – though in independent testing, our model 1189 level 4 body armor plate has stopped a .50 BMG from 100 yards. Here’s the evidence! It’s important to note that the plate held the round, the back face deformation and energy transfer would still be enough to kill you. Our advice? Don’t get shot by a .50 cal.
Can Civilians Own Level 4 Body Armor?
Absolutely. We sell Level 4 body armor to all law-abiding U.S. citizens, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders, member of the Military, etc. There is only one exception. Because of state laws, Connecticut does not allow online sales of body armor. While it is legal to own armor in Connecticut as a civilian, purchasing it must be a face to face transaction.
It’s possible that more states will implement laws restricting body armor in the future, so it’s your job to know your state’s law’s regarding body armor.
However, it is illegal for any felon to own body armor in the United States.
How is Level 4 Body Armor Made?
Level 4 body armor is the highest level of body armor on the market, built to be the most rugged armor among all the levels. As such, the main components of all level 4 body armor is a ceramic strike face and a composite backer. But that’s where plates diverge between companies.
RMA builds its NIJ .06 certified 1155 level 4 armor plates with an alumina oxide ceramic strike face and a polyethylene composite backer. The ceramic serves to break apart the armor piercing rounds, which allows the composite backer to act as a catcher’s mitt and catch the remaining bullet fragments and reduce the energy impact transferred to the body.
As level 4 body armor goes up in price, it’s because it’s built with lighter weight ceramic (either silicon carbide or boron carbide) and a lighter polyethylene material used for a backer. Typically, the lighter the material, the more expensive it is. Please see the “Details” section on each of our product pages to see the materials RMA utilizes to manufacture them.
What Happens if I Drop My Level 4 Body Armor?
If you happen to drop your level 4 body armor, train with it, or are one of those guys who toss your rig around after you take it off, your armor from RMA should be just fine.
RMA’s level 4 body armor plates are built with a protective padding on the strike face to aid in the protection of the ceramic, ensuring it doesn’t crack under normal use. However, we do suggest that you take care of your armor as best you can, to ensure it performs to its highest level of protection.
Can I leave RMA Body Armor in My Car?
One of the most common body armor questions we get is in regards to our body armor’s temperature sensitivity. Simply put, RMA’s body armor will continue to work as intended in just about any temperature environment. During NIJ .06 certification testing, each plate is left in a temperature chamber for two weeks, where the temperature changes periodically, from temperatures as low as 5 degrees fahrenheit to a high of 194 degrees. The varying temperature changes over those two weeks ensure that the materials used in building armor plates can maintain their form and function. The temperature test is done on each test before it is ballistically tested for compliance.
So can you leave your RMA body armor in the trunk of your car in Texas, Florida, etc and rely on it to perform? Simply put. Yes.
PLEASE NOTE THAT BY PLACING AN ORDER YOU AGREE TO COMPLY WITH ALL LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAWS REGARDING BODY ARMOR.
**United States law restricts possession of body armor for convicted felons. Many U.S. states also have penalties for possession or use of body armor by felons. RMA Armament, Inc., is also unable to ship any body armor plates, Shields, etc. to the state of Connecticut. By purchasing body armor from RMA Armament, Inc., you are certifying that you have not been convicted of any crime that would restrict you from being able to purchase or possess body armor under any Federal or State laws. Furthermore, you are acknowledging that you do not intend to use the body armor for any criminal purpose. RMA Armament, Inc., does reserve the right to refuse to sell body armor to any person.
***DUE TO THE LIFE-SAVING NATURE OF THIS PRODUCT, ALL SALES ARE FINAL***