AR500 Armor

AR500 Armor Testudo™ Gen 2 Plate Carrier

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AR500 Armor Testudo™ Gen 2 Plate Carrier


*Manufacturer's Estimated Lead Time: 3 - 5 weeks!

AR500 flagship product, the Testudo Gen 2.0 plate carrier offers maximum coverage and comfort: The Testudo Gen 2 Plate Carrier provides a tight fit and plenty of space for everything you’ll want in a full tactical loadout. It remains a favorite in the industry for having the best features available for a plate carrier such as its fully adjustable cummerbund, comfortable padding, and a generous amount of PALS webbing for attaching magazines, medical kits, and other accessories. It also features side plate pockets for extra coverage and the ability to carry all standard plate sizes (11”x14” and smaller).

In 36 BC, the historian Plutarch gave the first description of the Roman Army’s formidable Testudo formation. It consisted of a group of soldiers tightly packed, with shields held in front and above, so that nothing could penetrate the advancing unit. The Testudo Gen 2 carrier takes that vision and applies it to personal body armor: Having formidable protection by maximizing coverage.

The Testudo is made mostly of 500D Nylon, with bar tacks reinforcing all stress points and PALS webbing covering the outside for attaching your MOLLE-compatible pouches, holsters, and accessories.  The generous padding also prevents chafing, making for an armor setup that’s easy to wear for long periods of time. The adjustable shoulder straps, made of nylon, also help you fit the carrier as the low offset makes the rear plate pocket ride at the proper height. 

One of the biggest advantages of the Testudo is its cummerbund: A sash around the lower half of the carrier that both gives you side-plate pockets for extra armor and gives you full adjustability to tighten the carrier to a perfect fit. This adjustability makes the Testudo more than a “one-size-fits-all” solution since the size itself can be changed to best suit you. 

If you’re looking for a carrier to accommodate your best armor and best gear, while keeping you comfortable the entire time, the Testudo Gen 2 is right for you. Get it by itself or in one of our bundles today.
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Product Specifications:

TESTUDO GEN 2 PLATE CARRIER
  • Material: 500D Nylon
  • Supported Plate Size: 10”x12” & 11"x14"
  • Size: For body types M to 3XL
  • Weight: 3.6 lbs.
  • Features: Built-in Cummerbund with side plate pouches, kangaroo pouch, and admin pouch
  • Manufactured: Vietnam (AR500 Armor)

ARMOR UPGRADES:

AR500 ARMOR® HERITAGE PLATE
  • Material: AR500 steel alloy blend, with FragLock™ Coating
  • Protection: 7.62 mm FMJ, steel-jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 9.6 g (147gr) and a velocity of 2780 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s).
  • Capability: Edge-to-edge multi-hit protection 
  • Dimensions:
    • Weight: 8.5 lbs. (per plate)
    • Thickness: 0.18" thick
  • Shelf life: 20 years
  • Compatibility: Testudo, Veritas, Valkyrie, & Invictus Carriers
  • Manufactured: United States
A1 BODY ARMOR
  • Material: Ballistic steel and alloy blend of 650 hardness on the Brinell scale, with FragLock™ Coating
  • Protection: 5.56x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109 at 3,100 FPS (+/- 30FPS), 7.62x51 M80 Ball (i.e., .308) at 3,000 FPS (+/- 30FPS), and DEA Certified
  • Capability: Edge-to-edge multi-hit protection 
  • Dimensions:
    • Weight: 8 lbs. (per plate)
    • Thickness: 0.31"
  • Shelf life: 20 years
  • Compatibility: Testudo, Veritas, Valkyrie, & Invictus Carriers
  • Manufactured: United States
A2 BODY ARMOR
  • Material: Ballistic steel alloy blend of 650 hardness on the Brinell scale, with FragLock™ Coating
  • Protection: 5.56x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109 at 3,000 FPS (+/- 30FPS) and 7.62x39(i.e., AK-47), 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (Ie .308) at 2,850 FPS. Not rated for AP rounds.
  • Capability: Edge-to-edge multi-hit protection 
  • Dimensions:
    • Weight: 6.5 lbs. (per plate)
  • Shelf life: 20 years
  • Compatibility: Testudo, Veritas, Valkyrie, & Invictus Carriers
  • Manufactured: United States