.45 ACP vs IIIA armor

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.45 ACP vs IIIA armor

Post by Valorius » 13 Aug 2012, 13:52

Here are a couple tests that i did last weekend.

Armor: 1993 Safariland IIIA 25 layer kevlar
Test gun: Kimber Officers length 1911
Ammo used: 230 gr .45 ACP hardball and Speer 230gr Gold Dot

Gold dot test:



FMJ test:


(this video also shows the results of a 9mm 115gr+P+ Speer Gold dot test, which the vest also easily stopped)

Sorry for the excessive video length. I left it unedited so it could be seen that the results were not achieved with creative editing.

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Re: .45 ACP vs IIIA armor

Post by Buffman » 13 Aug 2012, 19:43

what's interesting is .45 ACP in my tests couldn't penetrate even 1 layer of a level II vest

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Re: .45 ACP vs IIIA armor

Post by Valorius » 13 Aug 2012, 20:52

That level II vest you had seems like it was made of kryptonite though. :D

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Re: .45 ACP vs IIIA armor

Post by Buffman » 14 Aug 2012, 03:27

This was the newer level II panel I had. Same results though as the original super level II, where .45 ACP woudln't go through even 1 layer

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Re: .45 ACP vs IIIA armor

Post by Valorius » 14 Aug 2012, 07:48

They probably got through a few more layers in my tests beacause by the time i shot it with the .45s, the kevlar sheets were much more loosely stacked than a new vest would be.

Still stopped the rounds easily though. :)

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Re: .45 ACP vs IIIA armor

Post by panzermk2 » 14 Aug 2012, 10:05

Buffman wrote:what's interesting is .45 ACP in my tests couldn't penetrate even 1 layer of a level II vest

Common, frontal area is greater so it's easier to stop.


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