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Best 10mm vs. vest?

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by G29SFWTF, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. blastfact


    Aug 15, 2011
    If one thinks a tad. A 9mm XTP can be made to do the job....
  2. Kegs

    Kegs Ol 8 fingers ;)

    Oct 26, 2009
    Cold side of conus
    The dark knight nutbag as far as I recall DID have ballistic body armor on.

  3. dm1906

    dm1906 Retired SO

    Sep 7, 2010
    PRK (Kalifornia)
    It was a "tactical" vest. The media called it "bullet proof", which was a lie.
  4. Kegs

    Kegs Ol 8 fingers ;)

    Oct 26, 2009
    Cold side of conus
    My carry round is a 135 hp @ 1700 fps average measured at 5y (15') from the muzzle. Yep, I load my own.

    This is out of my G29 with a 4.45" KKM barrel.

    This load is reported to be less than the SAAMI pressure
    limits of the cartridge, but I'm not going to spend the $$$ getting it tested. I have no qualms shooting this one the way I have loaded.

    The recoil is a quick impulse - nothing like that slow, pushy impulse typical of a .40 service round or the one that is just like it on steroids from the 200gr. 1250 fps rounds. Much quicker and easier follow up on this one. Very good precision as well - can hold 1-2" groups @ 25y with it from the bench.

    I have not tested it on soft armor. I doubt it would penetrate commonly used soft armor.

    I know it will not penetrate a 6" Aspen tree, but a hot 200 grainer will blow right through the tree. The hot 200 will not stand a chance against soft armor.

    If that bullet had a tungsten carbide core, it most definitely would penetrate any soft armor, but it's probably not gonna pierce hard plate (steel or ceramic).

    Obviously, AP ammo in a handgun is against the law. That being said, 7.62x25 ammo will penetrate some soft armor (along with some armored helmets). That is ball ammo.

    One guy has made a 7.62x25 conversion, but it is a complicated project and he does not have it on the commercial market.

    If there was a 135gr. round nose fmj bullet available for the 10/.40, @ 1700 fps it would easily out-penetrate the 7.62x25. I've checked around in the past and I can't find one.

    Good point on the 2 to the chest and 1 to the head. That's probably the best thing going.

    The round I use is the best all-around 10mm ammo I have tested. The 10 ring and 10mm reloading glocktalk community has tested the 135 nosler and most of us agree that the bullet is a tad soft to run at the higher 10mm velocities, and it will not hold together in one piece, but many of us have seen various tests with it & those of us who have seen these tests will not doubt that the round has devastating affects beyond what the heavier bullets are capable of.

    The only caveat to this is barrier penetration - this round is not the best for shooting through walls, glass, etc. It lacks the momentum of the heavier bullets. Choose the right tool for the job. :supergrin:
  5. Kegs

    Kegs Ol 8 fingers ;)

    Oct 26, 2009
    Cold side of conus
    Interesting - I didn't know it, but based on how many other things that I have witnessed them incorrectly report, this does not surprise me.
  6. PVolk


    Oct 2, 2009
    The media refers to tactical vests as "bulletproof body armor" in the same breathe as they call our semi-automatic rifles "automatic assault weapons".
  7. pkersey


    Mar 18, 2012

  8. Interesting. Like I stated I have no direct data, just opinion.

    But not knowing exactly what he had under there (what fell out), what the load in the cartridge was & noticing he shot himself in the abs being fully prepared for it (Google Harry Houdini, his claim to being able to be hit in the stomach by anyone & the events leading up to his death) and I still think it would stun most people.
  9. G29SFWTF


    Aug 3, 2012
    I just sold my five-seven. I originally got it because with the right ammo it can defeat L3A but even before the nonsense in CT, the ammo and gun were hard to find and expensive. I mean the only place I could find to buy both was Gunbroker.

    The gun is low recoil and has probably the best factory trigger I've seen on a gun. Out of the box there is almost no overtravel. But ultimately the gun was too big for me to carry concealed and ammo was too hard to find, and that's just the plinking ss197. Forget about trying to get T6 or S4 from Elite Ammo which is the main reason I got the thing.

    I also was concerned when I shot it at an AR500 swinging steel target. The rounds just didn't seem to hit hard at all. In the middle of the bullet strike there was actually a circle of paint left on the steel. I know that's where the polymer tip hits but still... 10mm on the other hand hits steel with authority.
  10. When I work at the NJ Meadowlands (my agency provides the police presence there), I keep my G20 loaded with 155 grain XTP. To my way of thinking, the XTP is a hard bullet, and if I have to shoot someone in the vest, I am thinking it will put a good thumping into him even if it doesn't penetrate. Like Opie said, knock him down and then one to the head. Lights out.

    I am supposed to go to Prevention and Recognition of Suicide Bomber Incident school next month in New Mexico. If I make it to the school I will be interested in hearing what they have to say. I may not be able to attend due to scheduling conflicts though.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
  11. G29SFWTF


    Aug 3, 2012
    4949shooter I have a L3A panel on order because I got curious enough about what the Underwood 155gr TMJ would do after seeing that it put a mild dent in my AR500 steel. I am also going to shoot the panel with an UW 155gr XTP. I'll post the video here in a few weeks. I only have a G29 though.
  12. Looking forward to it!
  13. tacticalG23

    tacticalG23 Darkside Member

    Sep 27, 2007
    I think this would solve the problem.

    [ame=""]DSA - 2010 SHOT Show - AR15.Com - YouTube[/ame]

    Now to just find a nice IWB holster for it.
  14. gofastman


    Jan 29, 2010
    IIRC, vest are v50 rated, meaning they have at least a 50% probability they will stop their rated threats.
    I would say its reasonable to assume a 9mm Dillon could penetrate a level IIIa armor panel, especially if they was more than one impact close together