Are iPhones Bulletproof, or is this total BS ??? James investigates

Earlier this year we wrote about a British teenager whose life was apparently saved by an Apple iPhone 5C. We were skeptical so I asked James to test how plausible this was.

In this TFBTV video, James tests two iPhone 5Cs and an iPhone 4 at point-blank range, using everyday items like duct tape, cotton fabric, and spaghetti squash. How the the iPhones fare against a Remington 870 Police Shorty?

We were all surprised by the results!

Let us know what other gun myths you want us to test.

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Steve Johnson

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  • badwolf

    I want you to test bulletproofness of practical everyday items against military calibers. And by practical, i don’t mean stuff like iphones which are too expensive, or stuff that are too bulky to carry.

    • Giolli Joker

      Mythbusters did something similar a while ago, mostly pistol calibers I guess…

  • iksnilol

    You are testing shotguns, they aren’t good against hard stuff. So I am not surprised.

  • mechamaster

    Let’s insert some Nokia meme here.. lol..

  • mrsatyre

    I used to be a flat panel PDP manufacturer, and have seen first hand several of our panels withstand various calibers fired at close range. The combination of high-tensile strength glass, plastics, composite circuit boards and resins have often impressed me with their combined strengths.

  • Bear The Grizzly

    It’s a good thing I don’t load bird shot then.

  • USMC03Vet

    Thanks for being a good sport about the shirt comment James. You could have easily gone full Yeager instead.

    • James R.

      No, I think it’s hilarious. We all have our, uh, “tendencies”. I’m definitely a tool in some regards, you just have to embrace it. Thanks for watching the vids, if you want to send me a thank you gift, I am a smedium.

  • Jonathan Ferguson

    This is not really surprising. Poor Pc David Rathband survived a birdshot load to the face at extreme close range, though was tragically blinded. It’s designed to bring down small creatures, so many people survive wounds from this type of load. Layers of dense plastic, metal, and glass were always likely to offer good protection from it.

  • Zebra Dun

    Twas the phone what killed him the shot never hit him.
    Seriously OK so the phone stops shot but blunt force trauma will injure you.
    There goes my IPhone suit of armor!

    • Tassiebush

      Not if the suit is built in overlapping iPhone scales. The dream is still possible.

      • Giolli Joker

        With the front facing camera of the phones on your back feeding the screen of the ones on your front and vice-versa, you can project environmental features on yourself becoming fully camouflaged/invisible like Predator… bulletproofing becomes just a by-product.
        Can we both get rich?
        (Seriously, I think Mercedes did a commercial with a car made “invisible” with a system using that very approach)

        • Valis InUnderland

          they did, there’s also tanks that have panels that do this for ir

        • Tassiebush

          Absolutely we’ll never have to work again!

      • Zebra Dun

        Yet the enemy may get you with a series of phone calls! The rings will at minimum disorient you until you run screaming to make it stop LOL

        • Tassiebush

          Haha yeah hadn’t thought of that. Endless calls would sap morale to the point of complete madness! You’d want to be careful about letting apps share your location too!

        • wzrd1

          Worse, if the phones flipped to vibrate.
          That many phones would vibrate one’s teeth loose.

  • Don Ward

    iPhone test is invalid and unscientific unless you have a hipster holding it as a backstop. Please repeat test using proper methodology.

  • Mystick

    “Bulletproof”? I saw no bullets. But I support any tests that generate iFascist Apple fanboi tears. That’s what my PC’s cooling system uses.

  • Uniform223

    forget AR500 or composite ceramics… modern day body armor should be made of recycled smart phones…

  • Tassiebush

    I’ve gotta say the joke at the start gave me a good laugh!

  • wzrd1

    Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say birdshot is for the birds, not lawyers? 😉

  • The Brigadier

    Instead of Kevlar I’m going to get a dozen used Iphones and make a new vest.