The Cobra Strike Plate is capable of stopping “special rounds” like the 7.62×25 Tokarev and the 5.7×28 FN. However, the really great thing about the Cobra is it will also stop some rifle rounds like the 7.62×39 and .223 that normally penetrate concealable vests and strike plates with ease.
The strike plate has been tested with 12 gauge slugs, 12 gauge flechette and .500 Magnum rounds. It also passed the Edged Weapon II Test.
I own one of the better trauma plates on the market, and it only offers “reduced wounding capability” of .223 and 7.62×39 rounds when ranges are at 100 meters. This strike plate completely stops them from 6″ away, and does so with multiple hits.
In this video, you see Tom Carter of ArmorShield USA shoot one of the 5″x8″ strike plates with an AK-47. Three times, from about 6″ away. Then, Carter’s parter steps into frame and shoots the strike plate with a 12 gauge 2 3/4″ rifled slug. The plate stopped all of the rounds.
No doubt this has to be one of the best advances I’ve seen in body armor protection in a while.
The ArmorShield USA staff at the 2011 SHOT Show said the 5″x8″ plates should sell for less than $150 later this year. I imagine that price could be reduced nicely if a department was to order a few dozen at a time.
Update: The ArmorShield USA website is gone and the company hasn’t posted anything to its Facebook account since 2011. I’m guessing the company is out of business. Too bad as this looked like a great product.