Jerry Miculek pits an AR-10 .30 cal against body armor plates and the results are something to behold.
Watch as Jerry Miculek pits an AR-10 .30 cal against body armor with some high-volume rapid fire. Will the military grade ballistic plate stop these rounds?
There it is, the plates were able to absorb the hits against it, round after round. There is a reason modern light infantry and combat soldiers wear integrated soft-body armor and plates. It allows troops to absorb unbelievable strikes and survive. Fifty years ago, no soldier would have survived this many direct hits to the chest and vitals; today’s warrior can survive and even get back into the fight.
The downside in the last twenty years is the weight a combat soldier has had to carry; the body armor alone could weigh up to 20 pounds. Add this to weapons, magazines, grenades, med kit, water, small-pack and the average grunt could be humping 77 pounds or more. An energy sapping load, especially in the heat of Iraq or Afghanistan. Mercifully technology advances and body armor is weighing less and less; which is a good thing if you are the boots on the ground.