Reply to "Injuries associated to steel plate armor?"

I took an m193 in the plate in back once.  Right over the kidney, from about 50 yds.   I deleted half of this post because the rest of it could have been lawyered into some bullshit about violating a post lawsuit NDA.

I don't think I'm going to take many rounds on the plate if I do get nailed.   I would think most of them would be non-center of mass hits and a lucky one or few in the plate protected area.  

The backface deformation on my early ceramic plate was intense and frankly I think it was on the edge of penetration.   Maybe a modern plate would do better.

 

 It also sorta swings a bit the other way towards steel the more multi hit you are going  for.   I would suspect a steel plate with a Kevlar wrap around liner might take even more hits than a ceramic plate before  a bad outcome.

i guess I'll finish this out by saying I think plates are like ar15's.   An old m16 from bam wasn't much to write home about...and a $400 m4 today isn't either.   But that doesn't mean a $1000 ar15 with all of today's modernizations is junk either.    If you spend a bit on a steel plate and Kevlar spall guards it might be as good or better than all but the most premium ceramics.   If you paid $34.50 for your steel plates with Krylon spray paint on them you are probably fucked.

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