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Posted: 7/20/2008 3:19:28 PM EDT
Video updates from my rifle grenade and reactive target projects

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ih-Lt2PLX0
I was a little nervous of the rifle grenades exploding in my face so I wore a Kevlar helmet with riot shield, interceptor with groin flap and deltoid protectors, and welding gloves to protect my hands. Needless to say all this protective gear proved unnecessary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT07YouJc_A
this is my reactive target in action. http://manicroger.com/reactivetarget.JPG
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 6:17:08 PM EDT
I also did some armature ballistics testing at the range. I tested layers of Kevlar from cannibalized flak jackets, the groin flap from a military issue interceptor vest, and a deltoid pad from the rhino spectra/Kevlar composite copy of the interceptor. I tested a desert eagle loaded with .357 magnum FMJ and a CZ52 with Czech load steel core SMG ammo.

The .357 failed to penetrate every vest, although the brand I was using failed to cycle in my desert eagle. I’ve more or less conclusively proved that soft points and hallow points are stopped by even level 1 Kevlar vests, unless you empty the mag at close range.

The CZ penetrated a pad of 18 layers of Kevlar, then it penetrated 36 layers of Kevlar, then when I added 54 layers of Kevlar it only went through 20 or so. I need to do this again when I got back to the range.

The current military issue Kevlar pad stopped the bullet but the after market rhino armor failed to do so.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 6:35:25 PM EDT
The 7.62 tok round is pretty hot. I had some vests from the Maine State Police and it sliced right through every one.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 6:05:10 AM EDT
Just another reason (...or three) to avoid the Shit Pit.

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