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HESCO 4601 Level IV Plate Set

This product is regulated by ITAR. It can only be shipped in the USA.

What’s Included | Specs | Sizing Chart | FAQ | Restrictions | Related Info

Looking for a great set of plates that aren’t the “budget” option but still won’t break the bank? The 4601s offer that sweet spot of protection vs. weight vs. price. They weigh slightly more (1.5 lb) per plate than the less expensive L211 Special Threat Plates, but offer much more ballistic protection. Pure ballistic upgrade. No ballistic downgrade. These are the comfort-fitting multi-curve SAPI cut plates, finished with a highly durable Cordura wrap and water-resistant coating.

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Two HESCO 4601 Level IV SAPI Cut plates (i.e. sold as a set—one for the front and one for the back)

Plate Carrier NOT included. If you’re looking for a carrier, check out our T.REX AC1 HERE.


What hits can this plate take from different rounds? The 4601 protects against the following:
7.62x63mm-JSP: 2780 ft/s
7.62x63mm-AP M2: 2900 ft/s
7.62x54R-LPS: 2850 ft/s
7.62x54R B-32-API: 2850 ft/s
7.62x51mm-M80: 2800 ft/s
7.62x51mm-M61: 2830 ft/s
7.62x39mm-M67: 2390 ft/s
7.62x39mm-M43: 2390 ft/s
7.62x39mm-API: 2390 ft/s
5.56x45mm-M855/SS109: 3150 ft/s
5.56x45mm-M193: 3150 ft/s

Consult the Threat Matrix on the Technical Specifications sheet (left) for specifics.

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The purpose of armor plates is to cover your vital organs. You can use HESCO’s Hard Armor Fitting Guide to determine what size plates you need. (You can get a good idea of your size by measuring nipple to nipple and clavicle to a few inches above your belly button.)

Plate SizeMeasurementsWeightThicknessPlate Carrier Size Compatibility
Small 8.75 x 11.75″5.7 lb1.18″Small
Medium9.5 x 12.5″6.6 lb1.18″Medium
Large10.25 x 13.25″7.6 lb1.18″Large
XL11 x 14″8.8 lb1.18″Extra Large

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I found steel plates online for cheaper. Why should I get these?
You get what you pay for and in the armor market, many products are snake oil. If you want to get a budget option for an item that is designed to save your life, you can, but we think it’s a terrible idea. HESCO is the most respected and tested brand in the industry, which is why out of all the hundreds of options and brands, we trust and recommend this not just to our customers but with our own lives as well. If you’re looking for a less pricey option that still offers performance we can get behind, check out the HESCO L211 plate set.
Are these plates rated for knife strikes?
These are for bullets, not blades. So, keep your distance. But yes, knives don’t like hard plates.
Where can I find more information on these plates?
To see how these plates compare to the other plates HESCO makes, you can take a look at their Rifle Threat Performance Matrix here. To learn more about using and storing the plates, you can read through HESCO’s Care & Use Guide here.

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Body Armor is regulated by Federal Law.

We are restricted to selling and shipping to ONLY 48 states in the US. Due to the legal requirements in the states of Connecticut and New York, we do not ship body armor there under any circumstances. This also applies to law enforcement in those states.

No body armor can be sold or shipped internationally. Not even to APO / FPO / DPO addresses.

Felons are not generally eligible to own body armor. In many states, it is only violent felons who are not eligible to own body armor. Please check your local laws before ordering if you have any questions.

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What Size Plates Do I Need? – Help – T.REX ARMS

Can I Return Body Armor? – Help – T.REX ARMS

Body Armor: Sizing Plates and Plate Carriers – Video – T.REX ARMS

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