THE DFNDR LEVEL III+ PLATE
Has been tested and recommended by the members of the NATIONAL TACTICAL OFFICERS ASSOCIATION.
“I recently had the opportunity to test the DFNDR Model E-IIIPSALW Level III+ Stand Alone Rifle Plate. The first thing I noticed about this product compared to similar plates I have used in the past was its light weight. When I put it on the scale, it weighed two pounds, nine ounces.
After some research, I learned DFNDR Armor is designed using the highest grade of ballistic materials; an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber bound with a resin matrix, to make it a rigid hard standalone armor system. Although it doesn’t provide the same amount of protection as my current Level IV ceramic plate, the increase in mobility was more than worth the offset of protection, especially when you consider the DFNDR Level III+ plate is capable of defeating most popular rifle rounds.
I used this plate during an eight hour training day, doing the same types of drills that I have used with my ceramic plate and the difference was very noticeable. Not only was I able to train longer without being fatigued, I could move faster and jump into and out of positions faster than I can with the heavier plate. This plate was able to stop 5.56mm M193 FMJ ammunition, 7.62X39mm FMJ rounds and 7.62mm full metal jacket ammunition.
The most impressive part of the live fire test was the lack of spalling when it was hit with rifle rounds. There were no indications of bullet fragments ricocheting in any direction. As you know, spalling is a major concern when using other types of rifle armor. Overall I rate this as an excellent product. It allows you to be protected from most rifle threats, without reducing your maneuverability. Mobility equals survivability.”
“DFNDR Armor is known for manufacturing and selling advanced lightweight body armor to military, law enforcement, and civilians worldwide. They use Honeywell’s high grade fibers to create the strongest synthetic material known as Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE). I was provided the Level III+ Rifle Plate for evaluation. The Level III+ Rifle Plate measured 10″ x 12”, shooters cut, weighed 2.5 lbs. and was 1.1 inch in thickness.
The rated protection of the rifle plate include most commonly used calibers including 5.56×45, 7.62×63 and 7.62×51 as well as rated bullet stops of velocities between 2750-3200 ft/s. Out of the box the construction and lightweight rifle plate boasted confidence in future use. I immediately inserted the rifle plate into my vest carrier with no issues. With the rifle plate in my vest I knew the next stop was to test functions on the range. During stationary shooting drills, I was able to provide marksman shots on target with no interference from the rifle plate due to the shooters cut. Next, I tested the ability to move and shoot by incorporating drills that focused on rapid movement while shooting.
The Level III+ Rifle Plate exceeded my expectations again by allowing range of motion movements and lightening the load of my previous rifle plate. Knowing that building clearing and holding in one position for lengths of time are standard in SWAT duties, I tested the ability to crouch and kneel for 35-45 minutes at a time with no complaints. I ended the range testing by performing prone shooting drills and had zero issues with the level III+ rifle plate compromising my shot or prone position. The DFNDR level III+ rifle plate would be a great addition to any operator’s call out vest carrier.”