What Does it Take to Shoot Through Kevlar?

The thicker and heavier the body armor, the more it protects – but also the more it gets in the way. It’s important to find that fine line of protecting against threats, but still not heavy enough or bulky enough so it gets in the way of daily duties. So what does it take to actually shoot through Kevlar?

Kevlar is a common synthetic fiber material used in body armor. Like all body armor, kevlar armor comes in assorted thickness to protect against different threats. The thicker and heavier the body armor, the more it protects – but also the more it gets in the way. It’s important to find that fine line of protecting against threats, but still not heavy enough or bulky enough so it gets in the way of daily duties.

So what does it take to actually shoot through Kevlar?

Remember, body armor cannot break the laws of physics. Body armor stops the bullet from penetrating your skin and damaging organs – but body armor does not magically dissipate the force of a speeding bullet. Getting shot while wearing body armor is like getting hit by a hammer – it still bruises and can crack bones.

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Brian Purkiss is a firearms instructor, competitive shooter, proponent for individual liberty and Second Amendment rights, and a web developer. He enjoys competing in and organizing Run and Gun Competitions, as well as shooting in USPSA, Outlaw matches, and 3 Gun.