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  • Point Blank Vest Test

    Took an old (Nov. 1994) Point Blank Bullet Resistant Vest out to the range yesterday. This vest has 16 protective layers. The test/fun went as follows:


    280 gr. FMJ .45 Springfield 1911 4 inch barrel

    Round Distance Penetration in layers

    1............ 7 yrds............ None
    2............ 7 yrds............ None
    3............ 7 yrds............ None
    4............ 3 yrds............ 2
    5............ 3 yrds............ None


    124 gr. FMJ 9 mm Kahr PM9 3 inch barrel

    1............ 7 yrds........... None
    2............ 7 yrds........... None
    3............ 7 yrds........... None
    4............ 3 yrds........... 4
    5............ 2 inches........ 14


    I was impressed by the performance of this well used & obviously expired vest. Just thought we would have a little 4th of July "fireworks" and thought you all might be interested. We turned the vest over and shot at the back also. we shot both the 45 and 9 around 6 -7 times each and the vest was not comprimised at all.
    The worst we had was the 9 mm at 2 inches (on the front) which as you can see went all the way to the last 2 layers. Those last 2 layers showed no evidence of impact.
    Had some fun putting it through its paces and it even gave me a little more confidence when I put on mine for the shift. There you have it.......take it for what it's worth
    There is no greater love - than that of a man - that will give his life for another.

    If God carried a gun - it would be a 1911

  • #2
    Interesting, thanks.
    Kelly

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    • #3
      I thought someone would find it interesting - I know I did. It was something I had been wanting to do for a while. Couldn't take that vest staring at me in the corner any longer - I think I caught it making faces at me on day!
      There is no greater love - than that of a man - that will give his life for another.

      If God carried a gun - it would be a 1911

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      • #4
        Ive been wanting to do that too....I just have to convince my Sgt its safe to wear the vest during the test
        Cowboys in town. Trouble expected.

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        • #5
          I failed to mention that was the hardest part of the test....getting the LT to stand still
          There is no greater love - than that of a man - that will give his life for another.

          If God carried a gun - it would be a 1911

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          • #6
            Good "real-world" write-up. Interesting results - thanks!
            Officer Down Memorial Page

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            • #7
              All these rounds except two would impact vest then simply fall to the bottom of the vest carrier. The 9mm that penetrated from 3 yrds was solidly stuck in the layers and its still there. The 9mm that penetrated 14 layers was wedged in between the layers until I started "searching" for it - at that point it dropped free into the bottom of the vest carrier.

              At some point if I get the neighbors camera I will post the pics!

              Stay safe boyz...................
              There is no greater love - than that of a man - that will give his life for another.

              If God carried a gun - it would be a 1911

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              • #8
                interesting........Thx
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                • #9
                  That's reassuring

                  I'm wearing one...this is comforting news in light of the recent problems with the "Zylon" material used in the Second Chance vests.

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