This you won’t believe!
Mike Lang and I spent Monday afternoon at Manatee Gun and Archery Club’s famous “Area 51” range, along with Mike Young and Dave Kreiseder from Young Guns & Safety and gun guru Chas Sizemore.
We’ve torture-tested SafeGuard’s products before and found them to be extremely reliable, especially for their low price.
Both plates were Level III, which is rated to stop 7.62x51mm M80 rounds.
One plate was polyethylene and one was ceramic. MSRP is very low, around $160.
We strapped them to a target frame stationed about 20 yards from the firing line and let drive.
We hit them first with handguns: 9mm, .40 Cal., .45ACP and 5.7x28mm.
The poly plate stopped everything — EVERYTHING.
The ceramic plate didn’t, but admittedly, this wasn’t that fair of a test. Once the first few rounds hit the plate, the ceramic shattered — as it is designed to do. Once the the ceramic material was cracked, the plate was compromised.
Then came the rifles: 5.56mm, 7.62x39mm, 7.62x51mm and 7.62x54R.
The poly plate stopped everything — even the surplus Com-bloc steel core rounds.
When Mike shot it with his AR10, it blew the back cover off the plate, but the round was still stopped by the ballistic material.
We duct taped the vest back together and it still worked — shot dozens of times and taped together, the SafeGuard poly vest retained its ballistic protection.
The only round we could find that was able to penetrate it was black-tipped 30-06 AP — armor piercing — but these rounds will damn near shoot through an engine block.
We were all impressed.
If you’re considering purchasing SAPI (Small Arms Protective Inserts) plates, SafeGuard’s work and they cost half as much as some of their competitors.
If you want to see what’s left of the plates, Mike’s got them at his shop, Young Guns & Safety.
I’ll be buying a set.