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This Is What Happens When You Shoot a Kevlar Vest at Point-Blank Range
Kevlar is some pretty cool shit. It’s made of ultra-strong plastic polymers, is relatively light, can withstand most chemical attacks, and is, obviously, bulletproof.
But about that last thing … just how bulletproof is it, really? To unscientifically test this question, Jeff over at the don’t-try-this-at-home YouTube channel TAOFLEDERMAUS outfitted a dummy with a soft Kevlar vest to see what would happen if you theoretically shot someone at point-blank range while they were wearing body armor.
The vest in the video is a 3A armor level, which is tested to sufficiently withstand nine-millimeter rounds, .44 magnums, and most other handguns. According to industry standards, this level of Kevlar is the best you can get for protecting yourself against blunt trauma injury.
As you can see, at a distance of approximately 45 feet, a nine-millimeter Glock pistol shot at a velocity of 1,100 feet per second was easily deflected by the vest. In slow motion, it appeared to simply absorb the force of the bullet and bounce it off the dummy’s chest.