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Bullet proof vest testing

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' 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.

    [​IMG]

    Video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMaI7EtccgI
     
  2. ronin.45

    ronin.45

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    I was able to shoot a similar expired vest. We tried everything we had available at the time.

    9mm FMJ & JHP
    40 S&W FMJ & JHP
    45 ACP FMJ & JHP
    357 JHP
    12ga 00 Buck
    12ga 1oz Slug

    We shot the vest in different spots as much as possible. Some shots were close together but none hit the same spot. We were all a little surprised that the vest stopped everything. I for one thought the 357 JHP would make it through. We all agreed that the slug might have been fatal even without going through the vest. It did so much damage to the 55 gallon drum the vest was strapped to that it may not have been survivable.

    Interesting day at the range.:supergrin:
     

  3. raxar

    raxar Golliwog

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    I'm on dial-up and can't watch videos so sorry if this is covered in the vid. What did you have the vest strapped to? I had heard that vests were designed to stop bullets if they are worn against a body, or something with some "give" to it, so if they were just hanging on a board or something hard they wouldn't work.
     
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    Gonetodarkside owl protector

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    Dude, you tested the vest in the garage.

    :faint:
     
  6. GMannern

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    The Kevlar starts to "break down" , most vests have a life cycle of no more than 10 years, some less.
     
  7. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

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    A few years ago, I shot an American Body Armor Xtreme IIIa with .40 S&W from a G22 at five feet and contact shots. The vest had been worn for five years, then sat on a shelf for a couple years afterward. Of about 15 rounds fired, there were zero penetrations.
     
  8. Mushinto

    Mushinto Master Member

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    Correct.
    Back in the eighties, these vests had no expiration date and agencies were asking about "shelf life" and the manufacturers had no answers. Since purchases were slowing down since most large departments had vests, DuPont, the manufacturer of Kevlar, came up with an arbitrary warranty date of 5 years. About that time, the N.I.J. did a study on the effectiveness of vests that were 15 years old and found absolutely no degradation in stopping ability. Well maintained vests will last a very long time. However, since you can never tell if a vest has been well maintained, it is not a bad idea to replace them regularly.

    Most departments will replace vests after the warranty date. The last time I checked, my agency buys vests with a 12 year warranty. Our old vests are donated to poorer departments, mainly out of country, and they are happy to get them.

    ML
     
  9. Cheseldine

    Cheseldine Texan

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    Anyone have any idea how one of those would stand up to a rifle cartridge?
    I am curious how well it would do against one of my hot 5.56 loads.

    Anyway cool tests. Good to know what our guys have is working well, may God keep them all safe...
     
  10. Fireman1291

    Fireman1291 Firefighter/EMT

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    Im going to take it to the range later this month and test some other rds.

    12G
    .223
    5.7mm
     
  11. jhoagland

    jhoagland That's right! Lifetime Member

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    I don't think it would survive rifle rounds.
     
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    Awwww shucks.............I thought this was gonna be a help wanted ad....:clown:
     
  13. Fireman1291

    Fireman1291 Firefighter/EMT

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    Totally forgot to bring it at the last shoot,lol.