Reply to "Injuries associated to steel plate armor?"

JF posted:

Sorry no data, but unless there's something to reliably capture the fragments/projectile then they are going to strike something in a 360 degree area around the impact.   I like this video to show new instructors about the safety considerations when setting up a steel range sessions.   

https://www.youtubedotcom/watch?v=QfDoQwIAaXg

Cool video. 

But let's be clear, the fragments that come off a plate even without ricochet are moderately unpleasant. They eat away at concrete and metal over time. Softer materials (fabrics, chipboard) handle them better I guess because they are fast but very lightweight, but I wouldn't want my head in the way. 

I have heard many, many anecdotal stories, and over the years seen a handful of autoposy diagrams and AAR photos of serious ricochets from steel rifle and trauma plates. But I cannot find much online, and anything definitive or scientific about it. 

Weird. And disappointing. I have been having arguments the past two weeks at work about something nerd security related and am winning because I can pull out stuff like new NIST standards. I was likewise hoping that things like NIJ 0101.06 would cover this, but they seem to not consider the actual context of use. In fact they explicitly consider a deflection a "stop," with no consideration of where the deflected projectile goes subsequently. Of the other standards I can find, none of them are more illuminating. 

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

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