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Posted: 8/24/2001 6:23:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2001 6:28:58 PM EDT by Striker]
Adventurer's Outpost sold a wallet made of Kevelar for about $25.00. The wallet was called the CYA Wallet the CYA stands for Cover Your Ass. Folded, it would give you 12 layers of Kevelar, which they stated was the same as a threat level 1 vest. I bought one and it has been one of the best wallets that I have owned(butI I am still young) Kevelar is used in bullet proof vests and in the latest in helmets in a fiberglas type form. It is very tough against bullets as well as kinves and piercing objects. WELL.... Over the past several years my buddies have told me to get a new wallet, the wallet being warn and getting klinda scraggly. The other day while buying a pair or Carhartt shorts I got a free wallet. [b]SO NOW IT BEGINS.[/b] I have always been wanting to shoot this wallet since the day I bought it. Adveturer's Outpost use to show in their ads it being shot by a .38spl out of a snub nose revolver at about 1 ft. and the bullet NOT even breaking the first layer. Well now it was my turn. It stated when I got the wallet that age and persperation will degrade the quality of Kevelar, and I'm a sweater!!! I set up the wallet at a distance of about 10ft leaning against a rail road tie, and decided to shoot at it with 4 .22 bullets, 3 being of different types. The first bullet was an Aguila powderless .22 All it did was make a black mark on the first layer, not even breaking any threads. The second was a Remington CB (short rifle) and that did the exact same as the Aguila. Both rds left a mark as seen in the right lower, close to the middle, just above the round wear mark. Only one mark can be seen because the other was removed by a later shot. [url]http://members.aol.com/bishop042/wallet01.jpg[/url] The next bullet was a Remington (out of a pile of .22s I guess just a regular remington) that shot through the entire wallet. As I was trying to pull the wallet off of the railroad tie I noticed that the .22 bullet pulled the wallet into the tie. After pulling it off I could see that the bullet never made it completely through the wallet and that it was completely held in by the last straining layer of Kevelar. The bullet is still entrapped by the layers of Kevelar. [url]http://members.aol.com/bishop042/wallet02.jpg[/url] Well while later looking at the wallet and thinking mabey the wood had stopped the bullet and not the Kevelar, I then shot it agian with another Remington .22, but this time I held the wallet 4" from the rail road tie. The effect was that now it blew the wallet off of the stand it was on and when I examined the wallet I could see that the bullet never penetrated the entire 12 layers. It totally penetrated 4 layers, being held in by the last straining 5th layer but still almost penetrating the 6th layer. You can see the fuzz where it came through though the 5th layer and the black (almost) hole on the next panel. [url]http://members.aol.com/bishop042/wallet03.jpg[/url] The entrance wound and the bullet from the last shot. You can actually see where the bullet is marked by the tough Kevelar. [url]http://members.aol.com/bishop042/wallet04.jpg[/url] All in all I have total confidence if these wallets were ever to be made again and I was shot in that specific pocket, I'd survive at least a .22 rd. I'd just thought I'd share this information with all of you... BISHOP
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 11:49:14 AM EDT
I can't say I blame your buddies for razzing you about that thing. I've never seen a more worn out wallet! Cool experiment and findings, Bishop.
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 12:09:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2001 12:09:47 PM EDT by prk]
Interesting experiment, but if that thing covered your whole a**, inquiring minds want to know....how do you reach the keyboard??? This brings to mind a newswire item I saw years ago about a kevlar vest salesman who deomonstrated the toughness of his product by stabbing himself with a knife, with fatal results. I don't think he took many orders. These lim....er..British gents offer a kevlar wallet and have several other items- briefcase, duffel, toilet kit. I guess they make kevlar sails and got creative with the leftovers. [url]http://uksailmakers.com/newsletter/010301.html[/url]
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 12:21:55 PM EDT
on another board someone has asked me to shoot it with 7.62x39. WELL.. Before I shot the wallet with the .223 and 7.62x39 I decided to shoot it with a frangable (local manufacturer) .40s&w. The wallet was suspended with no backing and after one shot from +/- 10ft the wallet was obliterated. [IMG]http://members.aol.com/bishop042/boom01.jpg[/IMG] The .223 and 7.62x39 (shot at while pinned to a piece of plywood)only put these holes in the wallet. Upper right is .223, lower center is 7.62x39 [IMG]http://members.aol.com/bishop042/boom02.jpg[/IMG] BISHOP
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 12:31:02 PM EDT
Next shoot a 15$ vietnam flak vest and those stupid steel helmets!
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 1:08:06 PM EDT
The wallet had enough problems before you shot it, man.
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 1:20:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2001 1:21:08 PM EDT by xanadu]
[size=5]R.I.P. [/size=5]- your wallet & this thread [:D] .
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 5:15:21 PM EDT
Kevlar briefcase might be nice, what about a kevlar trench coat?
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 8:32:09 PM EDT
It'd be cool if those wallets were still available...
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 10:41:54 PM EDT
Would you happen to be related to the guy who was wanting his wife to wear a kevlar vest while he shot her (or maybe the other way around), earlier this year on this site? Why didn't you have someone shoot you while you wore it in your pocket? Seems like if that's the way it was advertised, then you just voided the warranty on it! [;D]
Link Posted: 8/27/2001 8:25:23 AM EDT
NO WSmac, the wallet was the thing made of Kevelar that I owned... I'd buy another if I had the chance, it was a nice wallet. BISHOP
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