PRICE IS PER PLATE
Weighing just 5.0 pounds, RMA’s lightweight Level IV body armor plate (model #1199 Gen-2) is updated with edge-to-edge ceramic protection to provide superior mobility for active shooter situations while sustaining the highest level of protection against 7.62×63 M2AP munitions. Go ahead and search, but you will not find a lighter, more affordable Level IV body armor plate on the planet.
Conventional level 4 body armor plates use a monolithic piece of ceramic, which, when hit by an M2AP round, produces ‘spiderweb’ cracks across the plate, greatly reducing the plate’s ability to defeat multiple rounds. RMA’s patented tile array tells the ceramic where to crack upon impact, mitigating the damage and integrity to the rest of the plate and ensuring full protection to armor piercing rounds on other parts of the ceramic.
You cannot purchase a plate with this type of advanced technology from any other manufacturer. This patented process undeniably provides world-class safety to military and law enforcement personnel across the globe that is unmatched by any other manufacturer.
- World’s Lightest Level IV Plate
- 10″x 12″ Stand Alone
- Single-Curve, SAPI/ESAPI-Cut
- 5.0 lbs.
- Thickness: 1.1″
- 5 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
- Patented Ceramic & Polyethylene
- 600 Denier Water Resistant Cover
- Made in Centerville, IA – USA
- 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.
What is the World's Strongest Body Armor?
To our knowledge, our very own model 1189 level 4 hard armor plate is the strongest body armor in the world. To prove it, we had a plate tested at Oregon Ballistics Laboratory to not only stop SIX 30.06 M2AP rounds, but also pass the backface deformation requirement of 44mm or less. You can review that testing data here: 6 Hit Test Report
We’ve spoken to dozens of people in the industry over the years who’ve yet to hear of a single 10×12 body armor plate capable of performing such a feat. That’s why we claim our model 1189 level iv body armor plate is the strongest body armor in the world!
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***