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Bullet Proof Jackets


johnboy

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Does anyone have any knowledge of these ever being worn?

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Haven't come across any low-star reviews from dissatisfied customers... ;)

A jacket that would resist a .455 isn't particularly challenging - it's not a highly-penetrative round, though famously adequate as a stopper against anyone in 'normal' clothing.

The fact is that rifle-calibre bullets, or even the 9mm pistol round is use by Germany, present a greater (in the case of rifle bullets, very much greater) challenge to stop without injury to the wearer.

Since the enemy didn't use what was possibly the only common combat round the garment could resist, it seems likely that sales among knowledgeable frontline officers weren't brisk.

Regards,

MikB

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And resist is a classic weasel word - doesn't mean stop, Resistant doesn't mean proof. So in effect all it is saying in the text is it would slow down a .445 round - a bit

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Thanks for the link jay dubaya I should have tried search. There seems to be no guarantee with these items!

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Didn't Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endorse some sort of vulcanised rubber 'bulletproof' armour during the Great War? Slightly outré sounding!

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I think it had an asbestos filling so that if the bullet didn't get you then .................

​Presumably as an ardent spiritualist he was prepared to deal with complaints from dissatisfied customers!

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