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Bullet proof vest testing

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Fireman1291, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. Fireman1291

    Fireman1291 Firefighter/EMT

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    So I was bored today, its cold as hell outside so I decided to do some totally un-scientific redneck experiments.

    I was given a bullet-proof vest for free from a LEO buddy who had it laying around as it was expired and he was issued a new vest.

    Specs:
    Zero G Level2 vest made by Safariland
    Manufacturerd in 2002
    Safariland trauma insert pad

    It had 5 years of use, and its been laying around for another 3 years. Its well past its "service life" in the eyes of dept's and the manufacturer.

    Rounds fired:
    .22lr(Rem bulk pack) from a P22
    9mm(Federal HST 147) from a Beretta M92
    45ACP(Federal HST 230grn) from a HK USPT45

    The vest was fired with the muzzle 6 feet away and NO rounds penetrated.


    (The following was not filmed)
    In an attempt to make the vest fail, I shot it from the front and rear at one single panel at the same spot. 40rds of .22lr, 10rds of 9mm, and 6rds of 45ACP. The last round of 45 ACP finally went through. Its important to note that the weave is designed for the bullet to impact only one side(front), the fact that no round penetrated when shot the wrong way is pretty amazing.

    I'll end with this, anyone who wears these on a day to day basis...stay safe..do your part and your vest will sure as hell do its part.

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    Video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMaI7EtccgI
     
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  2. Morris

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    Bullet-proof vests aren't.
     

  3. Trigger Finger

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    I did the same thing with one of my old vests awhile ago. We had the level 3 vest placed on a board three inches thick and the vest draped over it.

    My 44 mag and 50 A&E did not penetrate but left large dents in the board.
    My 223 AR15 with 16 inch barrel went completely through everything! Through the front vest panel, through the board and through the back panel.
    I knew the 223 would penetrate the front panel of the vest but I was surprised to find out that it went through everything. I don't think a car door would stop it either.
    These tests are interesting, thanks for the info.
     
  4. GearGuru

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    Having done vest shoots for years, it's amazing that it stopped as you described. Some of the Zero G's had zylon but if I remember correctly they used some dumba** bronze, silver and gold ballistic naming systems and not all were zylon composites. I've shot 15 year old Kevlar 129 panels that stopped rounds they were not rated for. Always nice to see what happens.
     
  5. Fireman1291

    Fireman1291 Firefighter/EMT

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    Video added to 1st post..
     
  6. Gos

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    Sure wish to God they were bullet-proof....

     
  7. msu_grad_121

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    They've got better ballistic qualities than your uniform shirt, that's for sure...
     
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    A lot of products are over engineered on purpose and under rated by the manufacturer. Especially products that are designed for life and death applications.

    Thankfully some of those vests fit that description.
     
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    Bullet resistant vest. Bullet RESISTANT vest.
     
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    Patchman Florist

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    Like child proof medicine bottles?
     
  13. msu_grad_121

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    It's all about CYA, I guess. Good to know that they've got quality products out there that work as designed beyond their supposed "service life" though.

    Very interesting test, BTW. Thanks!
     
  14. Fireman1291

    Fireman1291 Firefighter/EMT

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    You're welcome. And yes I know they are bullet resistant and not bullet proof....I didnt know I'd get on everyones nerves....guess its as annoying when people say our bunker gear is fire proof and not resistant...lol
     
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    The only people that that are bothered are those with nothing to say but to correct and criticize. Bullet RESISTANT...RESISTANT. It's MAGAZINE not clip!!! Grammatical Correctness reaches new extremes.
    :rofl:
     
  16. msu_grad_121

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    I always heard your turn out gear was WRINKLE resistant, but never heard fire resistant. Get it? Wrinkle resistant? Like it'd get wrinkled cuz you lay on the Barcolounger in it? Ha ha ha! I'm VERY funny!
     
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    Big difference?

    A Garrand is magazine fed? :whistling:
     
  18. Fireman1291

    Fireman1291 Firefighter/EMT

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    lol, I had three fires my last shift buddy:tongueout::rofl:
     
  19. silverado_mick

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    Ok I'll bite. A Garand is Clip fed. You carry clips of ammunition and manually feed them into the weapon. You do the same thing with M-16 magazines. You feed the magazine with a clip, then feed the weapon with the magazine. The difference is the detachable box magazine.

    That's the reason for the different nomencature in the first place (i'm guessing). When M1's were being phased out for M-14's it was feasable to ask someone for a clip and receive the wrong ammo entirely.



    PS: I know you was just funnin, I'm just funnin ya back :tongueout:
     
  20. msu_grad_121

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    Yeah, I understand its DANGEROUS grillin out back of the fire station! :rofl:

    Ah, I crack me up! Nah, just kiddin. I went by a few fires when I worked for my last department, and just stood outside goin "**** that! Too much like work!"