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Posted: 2/28/2005 4:40:18 PM EDT
Thought I would post this for general information for all to see. Anyone that knows us up here knows we like to test all our own stuff and take nothing for granted. This is just one more example. The following photos are of a used Army issue helmet that was issued and saw service over seas. It was the worst looking of the dozens we have here so we picked it as the Ginny pig for this simple ballistic test. All shots were at a measly 10 Meters. Rounds shot were as follows.

7.62x25 Stopped
9mm Stopped
.45 Stopped
5.56x45 Penetrated, minimal damage as round went through with no yaw. M193 55 Gr.
7.62x39 Penetrated, Heavy damage as round yawed.
7.62x51 Penetrated, Heavy damage as round yawed.
.45-70 Stopped, heavy buckling on the interior of the helmet. Round used was 300 Gr. Lead Flat faced. Round remained in the Kevlar lairs bouncing around like babies rattle.. :)

Please don't try this while the helmet is occupied by one of your buddies as the pistol rounds will knock you out and the .45-70 would cause sever head trauma.

Just for the curious we had identical results with old PASGT vests. Haven't tested the newer interceptor vests yet, but were thinking about it.





Link Posted: 2/28/2005 4:46:39 PM EDT
well it seems to work better than your spelling skills do

sorry, I had to
Link Posted: 2/28/2005 4:54:39 PM EDT
Isint everything after the first round, or once the helmet and kevlar structure are compromised the rest is inconclusive at best ?
Link Posted: 2/28/2005 5:02:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/28/2005 5:03:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/28/2005 5:19:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2005 5:20:48 PM EDT by Wingnut116ACW]


Kpots work great.... For beer helmets!!
Link Posted: 2/28/2005 5:22:06 PM EDT
Fascinating pics. Thanks.
Link Posted: 2/28/2005 5:29:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
this REALLY made me start to reconsider the extra weight on a bugout. i expected rifle rounds to penitrate just not as much



10 Meters is pretty close; in a SHTF situation they should be flat on their back long before that. I wonder what would happen at 50-100 meters?

Jerad
Link Posted: 3/1/2005 12:39:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/1/2005 12:47:51 PM EDT
i had to dx mine, i dropped the bastard and it cracked.

it probably doesnt help that most of the ones floating around are 10+ years old, they do deteriorate.
Link Posted: 3/1/2005 12:48:17 PM EDT
This thread should be re-titled "Kevlar-O-Truth"
Link Posted: 3/1/2005 1:12:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 3:51:43 PM EDT
There are many variable to account for in the performance of the helmets. Damage, age, velocity-weight-size of round, and manufacturing specs just to name a few. Please keep in mind that the standard one should be equivalent to 2A in performance. Some of the helmets that hit DRMO a few years back did not meet specs. Also some commercial helmets look the same but can be had at a higher performance level and weight. Test was informal just to see what this one would do. I'm thinking of testing an interceptor this summer to see how well it holds up. I'll post that one when it happens.
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