Mission Essential Plate Carrier

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The Mission Essential Plate Carrier (MEPC) keeps a minimalist design at its heart while packing in key features that enhance usability.  500D Cordura construction gives the carrier strength while keeping weight to a minimum.  Carrier sizing matches plate size, not user size.  Each plate bag will fit up to a 1.2" thick combination of plate and backer.


  • Zippered admin pocket
  • Chest MOLLE/Loop field for ID Patches or use with Navigation Boards
  • Included QASM buckle for placard use while also allowing G-Hook placard compatibility
  • Integrated low profile drag handle (On MOLLE Version only)
  • Rear Loop panel and MOLLE field for ID Patches and PID marker placement
  • Rear cover secures cummerbund attachment
  • 3D mesh liner for enhanced comfort
  • Overlapping shoulder straps allow a wide range of adjustment and increased strength over competitors
  • Internal Plate adjustment straps ensure proper fitment of a variety of plates
  • Compatible with all Velcro mounted cummerbunds


  • 8" x 10" - Fits 8" x 10" Plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)
  • Small - Fits Small 8.75"x 11.75" plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)
  • Medium - Fits Medium 9.5"x12.5" and Commercial 10"x12" plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)
  • Large - Fits Large 10.25" x 13.25" Plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)
  • X-Large - Fits XL 11" x 14" Plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)


  • Front Admin Loop Panel: 6" Width, 3" Height
  • Front and Back Bottom Loop Panel:
    • 8x10: 9.25" Width, 4.5" Height
    • Small: 9.75" Width, 5.5" Height
    • Medium: 10.75" Width, 5.5" Height
    • Large: 11" Width, 5.5" Height
    • XLarge: 12" Width, 14.5" Height
  • Slick Back Loop Panel:
    • 8x10: 8.5" Width, 3.5" Height
    • Small: 8.5" Width, 3.5" Height
    • Medium: 9.5" Width, 3.5" Height
    • Large: 10" Width, 3.5" Height
    • XLarge: 11" Width, 3.5" Height

Handmade in Winona, MN

Additional Details

Made to Order


91 Reviews

  • 5

    Published by Josh on May 11th 2022

    It's awesome. It's my first placard setup and it performs perfect

  • 5
    MEPC Plate Carrier

    Published by Josh on May 11th 2022

    Absolutely love it. I have ran it on so many range days. Super comfortable and molds to me and moves with me I love it. My only regret is should of gotten it in mutlicam tropic

  • 4
    Good Plate Carrier at a Great Price

    Published by Devin on May 5th 2022

    The MEPC is an affordable plate carrier with some really good features. Angled shoulder straps distribute the weight better on shoulders, adjustable swift clip height, and Large Hesco L210s with plate backers fit well in a Medium MEPC Carrier. MOLLE Back panel for 10 bucks is a no-brainer. For some reason though the fit and finish just seems a bit off for some reason. My plates look like they can kinda rotate a little, and some of the fabric seems bunched up in places. It's actually visible in the MEPC picture thumbnail. Those "wrinkles" don't come out when the plate carrier is on, even with a fully elastic cummerbund. For reference I am 5' 8", athletic build, 160lbs. Still a million times better than an AC-1 just for shoulder strap angle alone. Esstac Kywi placards work great with these, too! Definitely worth the money. They shipped within a few days, delivered in under a week, and they included a dope sticker, too! Love the look, fellas!

  • 4
    Build quality

    Published by Connor on Apr 15th 2022

    This is just an initial impressions but the build quality is fairly good it's definitely a lighter weight construction compared to issued military gear and gear of similar build however the modularity is great and the fit is perfect thicker plates are a little bit tight fitting and as I said I haven't had long to actually run this gear but I do like the plate carrier however the placard system does need work

  • 5
    Plate Carrier

    Published by Brandon H on Apr 14th 2022

    By far one of the best I’ve worn- comfortable with plates in. I get asked frequently “Is that Crye?” And I happily say no it’s Defense Mechanisms system. Folks try it on and fall in-love with it instantly with my setup to say the least-

  • 5
    Right up their with the others!

    Published by Danny Waits on Feb 26th 2022

    I've spent a few years now using the AR500 Armor Valkyrie, prior to that was the IBA (Interceptor Body Armor) issued of course and later issued the IOTV (Improved Outer Tactical Vest, after my AR500 had a misfortune, I left it in the ATVs back cargo box at a gas station while returning from the range went in to pay for gas and get a hotdog, it was gone... of course nobody seems to see anything anymore, so I decided to go shopping I was going to purchase another AR500 nothing was wrong with it at all, definitely suited my needs, wore comfortable, material was holding up to the tasks, but I seen another person that had on a nice comfortable looking carrier last summer and he said it was from Defense Mechanisms and had great results with it, here we are today I've had it for a couple weekends now testing it out and sure enough its very comfortable, wears like a well fitted glove, the stitching seams to be very durable, the hook and loop is strong, the cumbersome with the quick detach is awesome as hell! My first experience with this design! Its a must for sure! I see no reason why I wouldn't be owning this for years, you'al have done an excellent job and I'll be letting everyone know my experiences throughout using my new MEPC, Cheers!

  • 5

    Published by Justin Freeman on Feb 3rd 2022

    Appears well made . I'm still getting it fitted out . Pairs well with the DM 3" cummerbund,DM molle placard, Esstac 5.56 Kywi , Esstac pistol Kywi,& HSGI cuff's Taco . Haven't had the opportunity to run it live yet but I think it's going to be my new work shtf pc

  • 4
    Plate Carrier

    Published by Devin Campos on Jan 31st 2022

    I love the simplicity of the vest customization and setup, the shoulder straps can scrape against the sides of your head when putting on or taking off vest. Great product overall though!

  • 5

    Published by Preston Brandt on Jan 18th 2022

    High quality. No frayed stitching. Superb nylon quality. Shot stop levels 4 fit with some serious force. Great product. Will be investing in another soon.

  • 5
    MEPC is solid

    Published by Bob Dean on Jan 15th 2022

    Love the modern minimal/slick feel especially when combined with the 3” hybrid cummerbund. Big fan of the top zipper admin pocket. Only gripe is lack of padded shoulder pad availability in multicam tropic to match carrier, but that no is slight to the excellently constructed plate carrier. Fits L210s like a glove and accepts Haley D3CRM chest rig and flat pack (mole rear plate bag) beautifully.

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