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Defense Mechanisms – Mission Essential Plate Carrier – MEPC


SKU: DefMech-MEPC-V2 Categories: ,



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.


  • Size: Medium
  • Rear Panel: MOLLE
  • Color: Black, Ranger Green, Multicam


  • Zippered admin pocket
  • 6″ x 4″ 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)
  • 8″ x 5″ 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 cable pass-through
  • Internal Plate adjustment straps ensure proper fitment of a variety of plates
  • Compatible with all Velcro mounted cummerbunds

Handmade in Winona, MN by Defense Mechanisms




  • Carrier Size Aligns with Plate Size: Your shirt or body size doesn’t determine the carrier size.
  • Plate Variability: Keep in mind that plate dimensions can differ by ±1″ between manufacturers.
  • Max Thickness: Our plate bags accommodate plates and backers up to 1.2″ thick.


  • Medium: Designed for 9.5″x12.5″ & Commercial 10″x12″ plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Swimmer)


  • MOLLE Rear Bag: The MEPC offers a MOLLE-compatible rear bag, featuring an integrated webbing grid for the ultimate in customization. Attach pouches, packs, and other mission-essential accessories with ease, giving you rapid access to all your operational needs.
  • The cable pass-through on the MEPC is a specialized design feature intended for the convenient routing of cables, wires, or tubes. This pass-through allows for seamless management of communication equipment or other devices, facilitating a streamlined and efficient setup.
  • The admin pocket on the MEPC is a compact, easily accessible compartment located on the front, designed for storing essential administrative tools, documents, or accessories. It helps users keep important items within quick reach.
  • Our design features enhanced webbing that provides unparalleled versatility for placard adjustments and Push-to-Talk (PTT) management. This additional webbing also seamlessly integrates with both our breaching lanyard and the Recondite Strap kit, enabling easy self-access and rapid disconnection capabilities when used with the MEPC.
  • Equipped with adjustable extended shoulder straps, the plate bag on our plate carrier ensures both comfort and adaptability for wearers of all sizes. These straps feature a dual-purpose design, allowing for efficient cable pass-through and the ability to tuck away excess strap material into the plate bag. This ensures a streamlined, snag-free profile that’s ideal for mission-critical operations.
  • Removable QASM buckles on the MEPC users to quickly and easily attach or detach gear and accessories as needed. These buckles offer a convenient and customizable way for users to secure their Placard and accessories to the MEPC, making it adaptable for various missions and loadouts without the need for complex reconfigurations.
  • This flap on the MEPC serves as an additional layer of security for the cummerbund. It helps keep the cummerbund in place, ensuring a snug and stable fit for the wearer. This added feature prevents the cummerbund from shifting and peeling during movement, enhancing overall comfort and safety.
  • Our plate carrier is engineered for adaptability, featuring a laser-cut loop field on the front for effortless attachment of EUD boards, morale patches, or identifiers. The rear comes equipped with a standard MOLLE loop field, adding another layer of customization. Both loop fields are crafted for a secure fit with hook-fastened patches, ensuring quick and tailored identification for any mission requirements.
  • Our rear MOLLE panel option features a low-profile, padded drag handle, constructed from reinforced tubular webbing. Seamlessly integrated into the plate bag, this robust handle is designed for quick and secure extraction in emergency scenarios, without adding unnecessary bulk or snag hazards.


**Cummerbunds are sold separately**

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 3 in

Black, MultiCam, Ranger Green


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