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Level III ESAPI Plates. Real Deal!
My real deal Level III ESAPI Plates (two plates, size medium)
ESAPI (Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert) Plates or Ceramic plates (also known as trauma plates) are commonly used as inserts for soft body armour. Most ESAPI plates used in the body armor industry can protect against a NIJ level III and IV with a IIIA vest supporting. ESAPI plates are a form of composite armour. Insert plates may also be manufactured from steel.
The standard ESAPI plate is made of 98% aluminum oxide (alumina), which is then bonded into aramid fiber. These plates are often worn by army personnel needing protection from heavy rifle fire. In Iraq, the type IIIA vest with the ESAPI plate helps protect troops from small-arms fire to 7.62mm rifle bullets, like those commonly used with the Kalashnikov (AK-47). This thing is heavy alright :)
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