Hesco 4601 Level IV Plate Set – SAPI Cut

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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 L210 Special Threat Plates, but offer much more ballistic protection. Pure ballistic upgrade. No ballistic downgrade.

A plate set does not come with a plate carrier. You will need to purchase one separately. We recommend our AC1.

The 4601 is finished with a highly-durable Cordura wrap and waterproof coating, delivering unsurpassed quality in feel and performance. The comfort fitting multi-curve SAPI cut combined with next-gen materials makes this plate perfect for fast-moving, highly-volatile environments requiring the ultimate in protection and maneuverability.

What hits can this plate take from different rounds?
Consult the Threat Matrix on the Technical Specifications sheet for specifics.
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

What size should I get?
The purpose of armor plates is to cover your vital organs, so it depends on your size and the size of the plate carrier you’re running. Typically vital organs can be covered if you measure nipple-to-nipple and clavicle notch to the belly button.
Plate SizeMeasurementsWeightThicknessPlate Carrier Size Compatibility
Small8.75×11.75″5.7 lb1.18″Small
Medium9.5×12.5″6.6 lb1.18″Medium
Large10.25×13.25″7.6 lb1.18″Large
XL11×14″8.8 lb1.18″Extra Large
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 L210 plate set.
Are these plates rated for knife strikes?
They’re not tested for that. These are for bullets, not blades. So, keep your distance. But, knives don’t like hard plates.
Body Armor is regulated by Federal Law. We are restricted to selling and shipping ONLY to 49 states in the US.
No Body Armor can be sold or shipped to Connecticut. This applies to law enforcement in Connecticut too. We only sell this product to states that allow the citizenry to possess the same arms as their law enforcement.
No Body Armor can be sold or shipped internationally. Not even APO / FPO / DPO addresses.
Felons are not generally eligible to own body armor. Please check your local laws before ordering if you have any questions.