Description: Constructed as a series of interlocking plates which fully cover the body, this form of armor offers the highest level of natural protection. One reason for the confusion comes from the fact that ornamental swords and armor that remain to us often ARE heavier than ones used in battle, secondly, the sport of ‘fencing’ has greatly confused people as to what sword fighting really entailed (the purpose of fencing is to poke your opponent with the tip; the purpose of sword fighting is to get your opponent on the ground and shove your 2 lb. L2WIKI.COM And they very definitely do not float. Technology for understanding the digital world and mitigating electronic threats. Many warriors supplement their armor with a Shield. So, what are some of the disadvantages of polymer body armor plates? Maybe aluminum? A standard 30-lb plate carrier/plates/mag pouches combo may not seem that heavy when you throw it on and walk around your living room for 5 minutes. The “shooters cut” 10x12 inch plates feature an ergonomic single curvature for a better fit and provide positive buoyancy in a marine environment. In practice a typical Level III Polyethylene plate will stop 7.62x51mm NATO M80 ball, 7.62x39mm lead core FMJ, 5.56x45mm 55-grain M193 ball and handgun cartridges. sword through his midsection to kill him), and thirdly, that in the late middle ages, the plate armor knights used specifically for jousting WERE heavier than normal so they could survive a straight shot to the chest from a lance. Some military situations where it would be advantageous to wear ballistic protection would be things like sentry details, vehicle checkpoints, MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain), Close Quarters Battle and Quick Reaction Force missions. What you do notice is your mobility and endurance is not degraded nearly as much as with inexpensive steel plates. "' alt='' title='LiveInternet: number of pageviews for 24 hours," + You can email me directly if you prefer. There is only so many ways we can repeat how these weapons were not at all heavy or ungainly. " of visitors for 24 hours and for today is shown' " + I’m curious. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can also degrade Polyethylene plates. Then you’ll probably want to add a blow-out kit, a knife, maybe a hydration system. I’d love to make a suit of armor for cosplay, but I’d like to use something much lighter. The last of Germany's infamous Elefant tank destroyers. (If your local gang bangers are placing breaching charges, armor probably isn’t going to help anyway.). Without plates, my one mile time came in at around 6:03 and once I finished, I felt that I  would have been comfortable continuing for approximately 2-3 more miles without really “draining” myself. There have been platemail weighing over 100 pounds and no, Im not talking jousting gear either. Item Rarity: Standard. Price is $320 per plate. I have post about this here:, If you’re interested in Dark Age and Medieval Armor, here’s another post: (Wow! Fortunately, I write it for my American characters, who would use it continuously. The Polyethylene plates are dramatically lighter, both in your hand and on your back. It obviously can be done, but that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea. The application for most of us would be a “bump in the night,” or disaster-type scenario. However, one thing to be aware of is they will not typically stop 5.56x45mm 62-grain M855/SS109 (green tip) FMJ-BT ball. Stealth: Disadvantage. Recently I received a set of these for review from one of the biggest names in the armor industry, AR500. The widely held view that a man in armor could hardly move, and, once he had fallen to the ground, was unable to rise again, is also without foundation. Moreover, while most modern equipment is chiefly suspended from the shoulders or waist, the weight of a well-fitted armor is distributed all over the body. For those transitioning from urban to rural areas, it’s probably a good idea to dump your plates, as they’ll provide a lot less value in this environment. Normal full suits of plate metal weighed 33-62 pounds, if made from well tempered high quality steel. Several years ago at SHOT Show I saw an armor manufacturer showing off “plastic” hard armor plates. Tips on staying active, fueled and ready to overcome all obstacles. It would be a better idea to wear them if you needed to barricade yourself or loved ones in a room during a home invasion. (2 to 4 kg)—less than the full equipment of a fireman with oxygen gear, or what most modern soldiers have … I have updated the text. But the sad fact of the matter is most Americans are not in good enough physical condition to handle sustained exertion of any kind, much less exertion while weighted down with heavy body armor. I don’t think walking around all day with an extra 50 lbs sounds that fun, but I could probably easily manage an extra 20 lbs. Subscribe to my newsletter to receive updates and new release alerts. This was my first post ever!). Tools to give you the advantage over any Imminent Threats that come your way. One of the worst things is taking a shot from the side while wearing armor. When it comes to weight, certain situations make carrying the armor “worth it” and some don’t. For picking out a hard body armor set for children or your significant other (who probably will be against the idea to begin with), being able to provide her with something that doesn't weigh as much as a wheelbarrow around her neck will probably be greatly appreciated.