I recently got a message from my friend Pighelmet. He said that he had a piece of bullet-proof material and would I like to shoot it.

Whadda you think?

When I got it from the Brown Truck O' Happiness, I took a look at it. It was about 14 inches square and a little over 1/4 inch thick. I sent him a message and asked for all the details he had.

"What you have there Don is a true piece of "Ballistic Nylon". That is the same material that is sandwiched into interior walls for sensitive areas. They sometimes add two or three sheets of that together to increase the bullet resistance. Two of those together I was told, equal Level V protection. That is what I was told.

I don't know if that particular piece was made by Dow, but I suspect that it was. They used a special "wet" saw to cut it into shape, and it makes and awful goop that stinks. I had to blast that one with water at the car wash to get the goop off. That's about all I know about the stuff.

Be safe, I don't know how flexible that stuff is, and I would really hate to see a bullet bounce back at you guys."

Well, that makes 3 of us.

Let's see what we can see.

Here it is.

Here it is.​

It is about 1/3 inches think.

It is about 1/3 inches think.​

I built a small stand to support it and placed a piece of 1/4 inch plywood behind it to give it some support.

First, we will start small.

How about a .22 pistol?

34-3 It made a pretty good "dent" in the front, but did not penetrate.

34-4How about a 9mm? I'll use my XD-9 and ball ammo.

34-5Made a nice entrance hole.


Ah-oh. Went right through.

This might be a short session.


Oh well, I brought the .44 Magnum, might as well shoot it.

The Ruger Super Blackhawk, in full recoil.

34-8To no one's surprise, it went right through.

34-9Kind of already know the result, but time for "The Penetrator", the 7.62 X 25 CZ-52.

34-10Didn't hardly slow down.


I had asked Tman to bring his AR15, but told him, "I guess it's kind of anti-climatic to shoot a rifle at this stuff."

He said, "Well, it's called AR15.com for a reason."

I guess he was right. So here he is, shooting at about 40 yards.

34-12It went right through, like a hot knife through butter.


Here's a picture of the back side of the plate.

Not really any "spalling" from this stuff.

But the bullets were still zinging along.


Lessons learned:

  1. There's bullet-proof and then there's not-so-bullet-proof. This stuff stopped a .22LR, but nothing else.
  2. It's not really bullet-proof, but more of a "bullet irritant".
  3. Maybe multiple layers of this stuff would stop these rounds, but as far as that goes, if you stack enough of almost anything, it will eventually stop these rounds.
Oh well, a beautiful, if cold, day at the range. We had fun.

Thanks to Pighelmet for the material and to Tman for the photo help.