Plate Carriers (51)
Tactical plate carriers, or plate carrier vests, are a type of body armor that comes in the form of lightweight vests. As opposed to Bullet Proof Vests that have set NIJ armor protection levels due to their built-in armor plates or ballistic panels, Plate Carriers allow the wearer to choose the level of ballistic protection they want via armor plate pockets that can fit a variety of Ballistic Body Armor Plates and side panels.
A plate carrier is available in a variety of sizes and options, and the right one depends on the potential threats that the wearer is likely to encounter. With the addition of various features and attachments, it can easily be converted or upgraded into a tactical plate carrier.
WHO USES PLATE CARRIERS?
Thanks to their flexibility and versatility, tactical plate carriers have widespread use throughout the world. Some examples include:
Military Forces/Law Enforcement/Private Security/VIP's/Survivalists / Preppers/LARPers
More and more civilians are also utilizing plate carriers with their plates of choice to provide safety and peace of mind at their workplace or while going about their daily activities. Having fully set up heavy duty plate carrier vests with plates and features such as a drag handle, shoulder pads, and side plate can be incredibly useful especially when SHTF.
The most obvious answer to the use of a plate carrier or plate carrier vest is in personal safety. Security professionals routinely use plate carriers for their work. However, plate carriers have extended uses beyond just protection. Depending on the armor plate they're paired with, they can be used for:
Protection from projectiles and knives/Safety in sports shooting / hunting/As a weight vest for fitness/Live Action Role Playing (LARPing)