Archive for September, 2014

Well, things have not slowed down appreciably, but I am making headway. I will be taking additional names on the wait list, with a catch: I will only be able to add 6 sets per week. I want everyone to get their guards in a timely fashion, while maintaining my extremely high quality standards, and this is the best way to make sure I am not swamped, and keep the build quality up.

Thank you all for your continued patience!

At long last, now you can show your approval and pride of D-Rmor Gear to the world. Slap these velcro-backed, color matched PVC patches on your gear, your ride, your pets, your significant other…perhaps some discretion is recommended in the latter case.

Coming in at 2.5″ wide, this patch is as rugged as everything else made by D-Rmor Gear. And at $7.50 each, they are a bargain! Pre-order yours today, will be shipping out the first units on October 1st!

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Due to the incredible current backlog, and the amount of effort required to make two versions of Spall Guards, I am temporarily discontinuing the version 5.1.1 Side Spall Guards to focus on the primary Spall Guards. They will return at some point in the future. Thanks to everyone who has inquired!

The backlog has continued to grow, and since I do not want to keep people waiting (and also do not want to put increasing stress on myself), I am suspending new orders until September 30th. I will still be taking names for the waitlist, please email me with the plate profile and number of guards you would like. Thank you all for your patience!

I can still remember 10 years or so ago, when steel plates were relatively rare. You had DBT, and one or two other options. Steels used were the expensive MARS 500 or similar.

Fast forward to now. Ebay is awash with sellers making their own versions of steel rifle plates, mostly using AR500 steel, a select few using MIL-Spec HHS (A46100), and some using SUB-standard (pun intended) steels. The latter, known as High Yield, is literally used in the building of submarine hulls.

HY-80, or High Yield 80, is a great steel to withstand high pressure at great depth. What it lacks is the hardness found in A46100 and AR500. This little detail can lead to bad things happening when it is shot by high velocity rifle rounds.

A gentleman on the “Toob” (Nellz442) did a shoot test with several common rounds, and while the plate easily handled pistol, and shrugged off 7.62X39, 5.45 punched it.

5.45 is an easier threat to stop than M855. Yes, it is still a hyper velocity, small caliber threat, which can give AR500 plates pause. But unlike AR500, HY-80 does not have the hardness to resist indentation, which allows it to be holed by a round that it was claimed to stop:

The second test (since removed from Youtube) using the backside of the plate showed M855, .30-06 SOFT POINT and 7.62X54 sailing right through.

This is an excellent opportunity for a reality check- it is fine to want inexpensive armor, but if that armor does not perform as intended/advertised, you have actually just spent far more than you would have if you purchase known effective steel in the first place. AR500 steel is still a decent baseline, and A46100 is still the gold standard for economical, and highly effective rifle armor.

Leave the SUB-standard steel for the submarines.