The TAP GAMMA+ ballistic plates have been extremely popular over the last several months thanks to their lightweight, performance, and their extremely reasonable price. I posted about them in one of the most popular posts ever on JTT – High Value Armor Set Up. Unfortunately, there was only a limited supply of these plates and they are already becoming very scarce.
GearSnake recently posted a history of the GAMMA+ plates that is very informative and wrapped up the post with a rumor about a new plate that is in the works to replace the GAMMA+ called the SIGMA. I reached out to Ray Bellia at Body Armor Outlet and was able to get even more information. This is officially no longer a rumor.
Body Armor Outlet is behind the new project. They worked with a manufacturer to reverse engineer the GAMMA+ plates and improve them. They will also be the exclusive distributors for the new plate and it will retail in the $300-350 range. The plates are currently being tested and marketing is slated to begin in about a month. I have no information on the improvements at this time but I will keep following the story as it develops.