Ok there is a lot of misinformation in this thread.
First, NO vest is bulletPROOF, but merely bulletRESISTANT. If the bullet exceeds the vests capabilities it can penetrate. Second, NO vest can cover the entire body, there will be parts exposed. The intent of the vest is NOT to stop ALL rounds, but to stop "MOST of the rounds, MOST of the time". The vest is designed to protect the vital organs in the chest & abdomen. One or more shot(s) to the head, arm, or leg can still cause serious or fatal injury. Also on occasion bullets have been known to enter the chest via the vest's arm opening. Now getting hit in the vest with an "average" round is equivilent to being hit UNPROTECTED by a 98mph fastball in terms of blunt trauma. The odds of the heart "skipping" is reletively small- it's known as "Comotio Cordis", this is where an impact to the heart during a 15 millisecond (15/1000second) window causes a disturbance to the heart's electrical rhythm.
"Waldo R. Emerson " posted-
"bullet proof vests can be penetrated.. some bullets like hollow point, or sniper weapons bullet can pierce a vest" There are two falsehoods in this statement. First a "Hollow-point" round is LESS likely, NOT more likely, to penetrate a vest. Second, ANY rifle WILL penetrate ANY soft body armor. I could take a Lee-Enfield SMLE designed in 1895 and it would punch right thru both sides of a modern Level IIIA vest. Level IIIA vest are currently the highest rated concealable soft body armor available. Level III & above vests are external vests with ceramic inserts. Police wear either level II or IIIA vests. One does NOT need a "sniper weapons bullet" to cause damage. Also, what is a "sniper weapons bullet"? I've never seen a bullet labled as a "sniper" round. What is a "sniper weapon"? Over 98% of police departments in the U.S., as well as the U.S. Army, use the Remington 700P chambered for a 0.308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO) round as their standard "sniper" rifles. This is a varient of the VERY popular civilian deer hunting rifle, the Remington 700. The "P" or "Police" model simply adds a bipod, scope, and light-weight stock direct from the factory. Ordinary people can add these items to a regular 700 or buy the "P" version themselves. However in terms of BALLISTICS the rifles are the same.
Before someone mentions the "dreaded" teflon coated "cop killer" bullets, this is also false. The bullets often cited in these claims are NOT teflon coated to penetrate body armor, but to lessen residue build-up in the weapon & help reduce jamming. And if anyone mentions Black Talons- they aren't any more dangerous than other hollow-point rounds. Nor do they "buzzsaw" thru the body.
Another thing that people are suprised to learn is that a knife can easily penetrate a ballistic vest. Knives actually generate MORE force at the point than a bullet striking the vest. Special inserts are needed to protect the high risk areas of the body.
10yrs in Emergency Medical Services- I've seen it first hand
Extensive personal research
· 1 decade ago