If you ever decide to conduct a bulletproof vest test, do not do what these Soldiers in Afghanistan did. That is a surefire way to get someone hurt.
Soldiers these days are pretty well equipped and every Soldier goes to war with a ballistic helmet and a set of body armor containing Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) plates. Though heavy and uncomfortable to wear, these plates provide protection to Soldiers against high velocity rifle rounds.
SAPI plates are rated to stop projectiles up to and including either 7.62x51mm M80 ball or .30-06 Armor Piercing rounds, depending on which SAPI plate you have. Both types of plates will stop the 7.62x39mm bullet fired by the AK-47.
Obviously, Soldiers are expected to just trust the rating of their plate and are not supposed to conduct their own bulletproof vest tests. However, they often tend to get bored on long, hot deployments in the sandbox and do things they are not supposed to do, like trying to shoot their SAPI plates while another Soldier is holding it.
Whatever you do: don’t try this at home.
WARNING: There is strong language in the video.
It’s okay to laugh at this video: though it looks authentic and it’s something I don’t have trouble picturing happening, it’s not real and that guy did not really get shot.
Not like you didn’t know this already, but this is just another reminder that being deployed is dangerous enough without doing stupid things that make it even more dangerous.
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