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Bulletproof Panel Test

This panel beat our expectations! It will stop anything short of high power rifle rounds. We did our own ballistics tests and we KNOW you need this in every bag. It is amazingly lightweight and easily moved from bag to bag.

When we set out to test this panel we really didn’t expect it to do as well as it did. Most soft body armor worn by law enforcement and military does not stop rifle rounds. To be fully transparent, we tested a high caliber rifle round first. The plate did not stop the round and we did not expect the panel to stop it. However, we were surprised at how well it slowed it down. 95% of all shootings are completed with a pistol. Moving forward, we tested all high power pistol rounds including a frangible round that normally goes through soft body armor. The panel performed better than expected in all tests. We consider this the new everyday carry item.

Test 1: .762 x .39 (AK-47 Round) Rifle round = Fail

Test 2: .357 Sig round = Pass

Test 3: Double Tap .40 caliber round = Pass and Pass

Test 4: .357 Sig Frangible (usually goes through soft body armor) Round = Pass

History and details of ballistics test below:

As far as pistol rounds, it did surprisingly well. Started with a Speer Gold Dot .357 Sig round that travels upwards of 1,450 FPS. This is basically a 9mm round on steroids. It is a .40 caliber casing necked down to fit the .9mm round. It gives extra room for more gun powder to give it more power and more penetration. Basically, the exact ballistics as a .357 magnum, penetration of about 17” in ballistic gelatin. How many people do you know that are 17” thick front to back...?

After the 7.62 x .39 rifle round went through the first time. I really didn't expect the plate to hold up to the jacked up .357 Sig Round. It stopped it fairly well. It knocked the plate off the stand we had set up and put a pretty good dent in it, but it stopped it all the same. The theory is if it will stop a hot .357 Sig round it would stop a .9mm, .40 & a .45 since the .357 round is one of the hardest to stop. Mass x Speed = Power...

Next we tried a .40 S&W which was supposed to be the best of both worlds. The .40 S&W was made when the FBI wanted a smaller round than a .45 and a bigger round than the .9mm. The plate held up very well.

The .45 cal round is larger and heavier traveling somewhere between 800-900 FPS. Basically it’s like getting hit with a sledgehammer. The problem was the recoil. A lot of people don‘t like the recoil. For the plate, we did a double tap (two rounds in quick succession to try to stimulate more force) and it held up with less damage than the .357.

As far as the .9mm the round travels upwards of 1,200 FPS. giving it plenty of power, however, sometimes over penetrating. The recoil is better and more manageable for smaller males and females. We did not need to test the .9mm because if it stops a .357 round it will definitely stop any .9mm.

The .40 S&W was the best of both worlds. A larger round traveling at a comparable speed of a .9mm, average 1,100 FPS. The recoil is slightly more than a .9mm but manageable.

Getting all that out of the way, we hit the plate with 2 rounds of .40 S&W to test the ability to stop multiple rounds at the same time. The plate held up very good, just a slightly less dent than the .357 Sig. round. It even still had one of the .40 cal projectiles still stuck in the plate.

The last thing we tried was a .357 Sig frangible round. These are for shooting steel. They are made of a composite metal that is essentially pressed together so when it hit something hard it is supposed to break apart instead of staying together. In the case of shooting steel, it breaks apart and doesn’t tend to bounce back at the shooter like a regular round. Most rounds are lead with a steel casing. This give the round the ability to release most of its energy on contact. The fragment rounds do the same but break apart into small pieces. This means they have the ability to go through a bulletproof vest like butter usually. A Kevlar vest is made to stop blunt objects lIke a bullet, but not sharp objects like a knife or arrow. So usually when the fragment round hits a vest and breaks apart the fragmented pieces go through the vest.

When we tested the .357 Sig. fragmentation round I did not expect it to hold up at all however, it did. There was a significant dent in the plate and you could actually feel the fragmented round bulging in the plate. However, the round did not penetrate the plate at all.

Front of test plate

Rear of test plate

I have to say, this was fairly impressive. The plate is rated at a Level IIIA. While it did not hold up to rifle rounds, 95% of all shootings are done with pistols. I’ll take the chance to be just a little more protected.

The dimensions are 10” x 12” x 1/2” which is just about the perfect size to throw in a book bag, computer bag, or backpack. It is also very, very light weight

The whole idea is to be prepared and with this in your backpack, while you may not get away with no injuries at all, you defiantly have a better chance of survival. Here at D1 Tactical we try to get the things in people’s hands that give them options. The option to be protected from a hit when the shooting starts and giving you the ability to run away and being able to survive is huge. Tell us what you think...

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