Hesco L210 Special Threat Plate Set
Every citizen has the right to arms, as articulated in our 2nd amendment. This means weapons and armor. Enter the Hesco L210, a lightweight, single curve, multi-hit, standalone Special Threat Plate in Shooters Cut. The light 5.4 lb (per plate) weight in a 10″ x 12″ single curve design coupled with a thin 0.6 inch profile is a proven winner for the performance/cost balance.
WHAT’S A SPECIAL THREAT PLATE?
The L210 is neither a Level 3 or Level 4 plate. It’s what’s called a Special Threat Plate. The National Institute of Justice, which rates armor plates, defines a Level 3 plate as one that will stop 7.62×51 M80 ball and a Level 4 plate as one that will stop 30-06 M2 AP (NIJ 0101.06).
But what if you aren’t really concerned about full-powered rifle threats like M80 ball? Most militaries have been moving to intermediate cartridges over the last few decades, as have most civilian shooters and law enforcement agencies. And this is reflected in crime; most criminals and active shooters in recent history have used either handguns or intermediate rifle calibers. Also, some Level 3 plates are not able to stop M855 ball due to its mild-steel armor-penetrating core. They weren’t designed with this threat in mind.
Therefore, some companies sell “Special Threat” plates – plates designed around a special threat not covered by the NIJ standards. The L210 is an example of this plate; it drops M80 ball protection but stops several AR-15 and AKM light armor-penetrating rounds.
Sold as a set. You’ll receive two plates, one for the front and another for the back.
NO PLATE CARRIER INCLUDED. You will need to purchase one separately. We recommend our AC1.
These are the Large L210s (10″ x 12″). Each plate is 0.6″ thick and weighs 5.4 lb.
How does the L210 stand up to different rounds? Basically, here is how it breaks down (per round type, not combined):
5.56x45mm-M193: 3150 ft/s (6 hits)
7.62x39mm-M67: 2390 ft/s (6 hits)
5.56x45mm-M855/SS109: 3150 ft/s (6 hits)
7.62x39mm-M43 (Mild Steel Core): 2390 ft/s (3 hits)
7.62x39mm-API: 2390 ft/s (1 hit)
Consult the Threat Matrix on the Technical Specifications sheet (left) for specifics.
We only sell one size for these plates: Large (10″ x 12″). They’ll fit in medium or large plate carriers, but have the least amount of wiggle room in medium carriers.
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.)
Do you have feedback on how the Hesco L210s fit in a specific carrier? You can fill out the following form to help other customers: L210 Plate Carrier Fit
Body Armor is regulated by Federal Law.
We are restricted to selling and shipping to ONLY 49 states in the US. Due to the legal requirements in the state of Connecticut, we do not ship body armor there under any circumstances. This applies to law enforcement in Connecticut too.
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. Please check your local laws before ordering if you have any questions.