Is pistol caliber ammo useless against body armor?
Level 3a kevlar. Calibers like 9mm, 45 acp, 10mm, 40s&w, 44 magnum, 50ae, and 454casul. Which of these calibers has the best chance of penetrating level 3a kevlar armor? Is there another caliber that would permorm better than all the ones i listed?
- 3 years agoFavorite Answer
most armor isn't multi hit capable. Stuff that may stop an ak47 round will probably only be able to take 2-3 hit before becoming super fragile and virtually useless. That same armor will probably only stand up to 10-12 rounds of 9mm. less if its 45 acp and even less once you get into you 357's, 44's, 10mm and up. Plus don't forget each hit the armor just keeps the metal out of you. That energy is still getting transfered into your body. So the first hit is going to feel like a fastball to the ribs and each hit after will feel worse and worse as the armor degrades.
- 3 years ago
In general, modern body armor will stop almost all standard pistol rounds and some light rifle rounds. A lot depends on the design and velocity of the projectile.
- QuinnLv 63 years ago
The requirement of Level IIIA body armor is protection against pistol caliber ammo up to .44 magnum. But that protection does not mean you won't have your breath knocked out of you or suffer painful chest injuries including broken ribs which can happen if you are not wearing harden steel or ceramic inserts.
- 3 years ago
Any round with armor-piercing bullets and enough velocity will go through body armor.
Put a hard-tipped bullet of a smaller caliber (smaller diameter bullets penetrate deeper due to less surface area) and drive it at a high enough velocity--and there's not that much in the way ofdy armor that will prevent penetration. Some round like a .30 Carbine with such bullets, and fired through a Ruger Blackhawk with1500 fps MV wil pass through body armor easier than a .45 ACP traveling at 900 fps MV
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- Anonymous3 years ago
Not all the time.
- NosmoLv 73 years ago
The whole point of the body armor is to stop bullets. That is why it is called "bullet proof" even if not accurate.
- DaroLv 73 years ago
Useless is not accurate. If u mean not penetrate, it depends on tip design, weight , velocity along with calibre.
Special made Arcane bullets for pistols can be used. But, just like AGW one needs to run actual tests to find out what will work.
- 3 years ago
17hmr can be sabot-ed into heavier caliber cases. Thus providing the terminal velocity needed to punch through body armor. It already has over 2300f/ps as standard. Not much there as far as kinetic energy. Yet, the round itself is destructive in the way it transmits it's energy into the body. Think of a sabot-ed 17hmr as like the steel center of a rifle's armor piercing bullet. Get it past 2500f/ps and nothing short of 1/2 inch steel/ceramic will stop it.
However, the heavier 10mm, 44 mag's, 454 casual already have the capacity to knock down and severely bruise an armored body. See, there are times just injuring is enough to take out an armored person. Knock him down and incapacitate. That's a lot of kinetic energy that must disperse on impact. Let alone the armor itself may crack and send bits of itself inward.