RMA’s most popular Level IV body armor plate (Model #1155) is a cost effective, multi-hit rated, NIJ .06 Certified plate that offers excellent Level IV edge-to edge protection. The RMA 1155 stand alone armor plate is professionally wrapped, water resistant, and manufactured 100% at RMA’s factory in Centerville, Iowa.
RMA’s 1155 – The Armor Standard for Durability
But this affordable armor plate isn’t just NIJ Certified, it’s also supremely durable. It’s proven to exceed NIJ testing parameters to withstand multiple M2AP 30-06 strikes while offering full edge-to-edge protection – proven in this YouTube video. RMA Armament overbuilds all of our level IV body armor plates to exceed NIJ testing parameters of only one M2AP 30-06 round to ensure the safety of our customers during the most dire situations. This ceramic body armor plate is also multi-hit rated to defeat many other popular rounds like the m855a1, m193, 7.62×39 msc, .308 and much more. Don’t bet your life on anything less than the best body armor.
Our multi-hit rated 10″ x 12″ 1155 Level IV ceramic body armor is the best choice for your home defense kit and brings military and law enforcement quality and protection to your family at an ultra-affordable price.
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, best engineered, and most efficient armor manufacturer in the country. Nobody else comes close. RMA is owned and operated by a former police officer and US Marine who has worn armor in two careers and knows what you need
- Stand Alone Armor
- Full Edge-to-Edge Protection on its 10″ x 12″ Strikeface
- Warranty: 10 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
- Armor Shape: Single-Curve
- Armor Cut: SAPI/ESAPI Cut (Shooter’s Cut)
- Weight: 8.3 lbs
- Thickness: 1″
- Armor Build: Alumina Oxide Ceramic & Polyethylene
- 600 Denier Water Resistant Cover
- NIJ 0101.06 Certified
- Low Cost Body Armor Solution
- Made in Centerville, IA – USA
- RMA Hard Armor Warranty Policy
LEVEL IV ARMOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Rounds Will Level 4 Body Armor Defeat?
According to National Institute of Justice compliance standards, level 4 ceramic 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 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 plates which can been seen on RMA’s Youtube page. Or you can search Youtube for “RMA Armament Level 4 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 Levels 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 armor in the future, so it’s your job to know your state’s laws regarding it.
However, it is illegal for any felon to own armor in the United States.
How is Level 4 Body Armor Made?
Level 4 body armor is the highest level of armor on the market, built to be the most rugged armor among all the body armor 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 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 ballistic 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″x12″ 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!
What Size Armor Plate Do I Need?
You can figure out what size armor plate you need with a tape measure. You want the plate width to be just inside your nipples. As far as the height of the armor is concerned, you want to measure from the top of the sternum down to one or two inches above the belly button – when you are sitting down, relaxed.
A majority (75-80%) of people wear a 10″x 12″ or a multi-curve medium armor plate.
Can I leave RMA Body Armor in My Car?
One of the most common armor questions we get is in regards to its temperature sensitivity. Simply put, RMA’s ceramic 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 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***