Box O' Truth #31 - The Books O' Truth -
have had a number of folks send me notes
on two related questions.
The first is regarding the Bibles that some
US troops carried in their shirt pockets
in WWI and WWII.
There were reports that some of these guys
had bullets or shrapnel stopped by the Bibles
in their pockets.
Some enterprising guys even started selling
metal covered Bibles that relatives could
buy and send to troops.
The question: Could a small Bible stop a
Secondly, a surprising number of students
have sent me notes asking: I carry a bunch
of textbooks in my backpack. Could these
books stop a bullet if needed?
The question: How much paper is required
to stop common bullets? Sounds like a good
excuse to go to the range.
I visited my local library and found that
they had old books for sale for 10 cents
I picked up the largest 15 in the pile for
$1.50 and we were ready to go.
a little comparison.
Here's the New Testament that I carried
in the Army.
You can see that it is less than 1/2 inch
thick, even though it includes both the
New Testament and the Psalms.
Not much paper there.
I have filled the Box O' Truth with the
books and we are ready to go.
start with small arms
First a .22 pistol.
round penetrated about 1 inch.
a .32 ACP.