Box O' Truth #24 - Sniper Against Armor
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have a friend that is a member of AR15.com,
contact me about a shoot he was involved
in a while back. I will not give his name
or department or even state.
His note said (paraphrased):
I am a SWAT sniper and was involved in a
shooting a while back. The bad guy was a
crazy guy that was hold up in a building
and threatening to kill citizens and police
officers. The SWAT Team was called in and
I was on the rifle. We found out that he
had put on three bullet-proof vests, with
trauma plates, one on top of the other.
My partner and I discussed the possibility
that he might exit his cover shooting and
do so at a run. In that case, I might have
to take a body shot. We wondered if the
.308 would penetrate three vests and plates.
We were also concerned as the Entry Team
was carrying .40 S&W pistols and a couple
had AR15 rifles. Would these penetrate either
the back of the vests (where there were
no plates) or the front, where there were
As it turned out, he came out of the cover
at a walk and pointed a gun at some people
and said he was going to kill them. I took
a head shot, stopping him.
My question to you is: Would the .308 have
penetrated 3 vests and plates? And what
about the .40 S&W and the AR15?"
He agreed to send me some vests and plates
that are similar to what the bag guy was
Here's what we will test:
1. Would the AR15 have penetrated the vests
and plates? How about the .308?
2. Would a .40 S&W have penetrated the
soft armor, without the plates? The AR15?
is the set-up.
I rebuilt the clay Box O' Truth.
This box allows us to place modeling clay
behind the vests to more closely simulate
a human body.
Most vests will only work if they are backed
up by either a human body or clay.
I couldn't talk Tman into wearing the vests,
hence the clay.
SWAT Sniper was set up at approximately
58 yards from the target.
So, and we set up the test at 58 yards.
Here it is, ready to go.
We have three vests, with three plates,
(2 hard and one "soft") against
I am shooting a Hornady 55 grain TAP round.
is the entrance of the .223 into the first