Mission Essential Plate Carrier

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The Mission Essential Plate Carrier keeps a minimalist design at its heart while packing in key features that enhance usability.  500D 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" thick combination of plate and backer. For plates thicker than 1" thick, simply size up to the larger plate bag. 


  • 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)
  • Medium - Fits Medium 9.5"x12.5", Small 8.75"x 11.75" 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)



24 Reviews

  • 5

    Published by Sian Busby on Feb 9th 2021

    Coming from a condor plate carrier, this is a huge upgrade.
    It distributes the weight better and it is noticably more comfortable.

  • 5

    Published by Erik P. on Feb 3rd 2021

    I was looking at the ferro, velocity, and a few other brands for a minimalist style carrier in Ranger Green , but they are always sold out. Heard about DM from a buddy, decided to purchase a full kit. First, it says 3-5 week before it ships..I got it in less than 2 weeks! Second, quality is top notch and it’s very modular. Don’t hesitate to purchase you won’t be disappointed!

  • 5

    Published by Mr Jones on Feb 2nd 2021

    In my opinion the best low viz carrier that takes a velcro cummerbund. Looks amazing and is very comfy.

  • 5
    Phenomenal Plate Carrier

    Published by Anthony on Jan 28th 2021

    I’ve been running both Ferro Concepts Slickster and HRT Tactical PCs and the Mission Essential place carrier has been my favorite so far. Extremely minimal, modular, and has been the easiest PC to setup so far. The build quality is top notch. Used in conjunction with their modular placards, this is an ideal civilian PC for someone who wants to be prepared for the worst.

  • 5
    Ranger Green MEPC

    Published by Doug on Jan 22nd 2021

    Excellent piece of gear and very well made, levels of comfort always very from person to person but this rig is very comfortable to me and seems too distribute the weight rather well for being more of a minimalist carrier, 1155's fit perfectly with the internal plate retention straps and keep them nice and high in the plate bags, I ordered a few other pieces from Defense Mechanisms including the AR 3 mag placard and a few other pouches with the carrier and the quality is outstanding with excellent retention on everything... needless to say I'm looking forward to see what else these guys come out with next.

  • 5
    MEPC Ranger Green! best in class!

    Published by Chai vang on Jan 21st 2021

    Basically my go to plate carrier rig. It's modularity allows the user to customize it as a slick/slim/load it/ plus its interchangeable with any placards/cummerbunds that accepts velcro etc. I wore/tested it under my north face jacket and hoodie and hardly noticeable. Ranger green was my choice and a neutral color as well, its color and nylon material is solid and well stitched.
    I also ppreciate how the shoulder straps are completely velcro so you can customize it to your ride/height or add shoulder pads...in addition, the another cool feature I appreciate is that this PC comes with a drag handle and the quick snap release vs the Ferro concept's SLICKSTER.
    Interior: it has a padded breathable mesh on the inside for added comfort.
    Admin pouch: it has a strong zipper and the pocket is deep enough and can fit a full size phone.

  • 5
    Plate Carrier Review

    Published by Philip J Simon on Jan 13th 2021

    I have been in law enforcement right at 5 years now and I have spent some money on gear, mainly plate carriers. A lot of the carriers have performed but didn’t meant the need I had for comfort while wearing these things. Mainly these big companies have gotten so big that they don t really look into the end user critiques and request. Then came along this company who put a lot of thought & common scene into their product development. May carrier came in the other day and I moved all my gear on to it and all I can say is WOW. I ran it while at TAC Team (SWAT) training and if I get moved from support cell to full time team member this will be the carrier I run. Actually I’ll buy a tan or ranger green carrier to run as a team member if that day comes. All I ca say is the comfort is their the standard in my option has been reached and shattered to a higher standard now. If you are thinking about a carrier this is the one no other and I had a few others and this is by far the best one I’ve ever ran. The price is good and allows some officers who come from lower paid departments to buy a high quality carrier that will do the job. The only thing I need is the chest rig that I ordered that is still in production. I uploaded some photos of the carrier being worn and the placard system I’m wearing is from another company. It will be replaced as soon as the one I ordered from this company comes in. All I can say is this company now has a lifelong customer.

  • 5
    Great Carrier

    Published by Brant Dill on Dec 29th 2020

    I will say that these guys are one of the best. I messed my order up and contacted them to make changes and they did it without questions. Great customer service and beat the lead time. The carrier fits great, looks great, and seams to be built to last.

  • 4
    MEPC review

    Published by Tyler Daniel on Dec 16th 2020

    Please feel free to visit my first impressions post here on Reddit (too much to post here) https://www.reddit.com/r/QualityTacticalGear/comments/kdzrix/defense_mechanism_mepc_first_impressions_in/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

  • 5

    Published by N on Dec 15th 2020

    Absolutely pleased with this carrier and how streamlined I can assemble my loadouts.

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