DIY Armor Plate Made of a Cookie Pan, Stones and a Book

A YouTube channel called 704 TACTICAL has published a video where the host of the channel makes a DIY body armor plate out of simple and cheap items found in Dollar Tree store. He applied glue into a cookie pan, glued some decorative stones to the pan, put a book as a backing layer and wrapped everything together with duct tape. The result is surprising and impressive. The video is right below:

Yes, it stopped .22LR, 9x19mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP. .357 Magnum and a bunch of .38 Special bullets. I guess the host of the channel made the cheapest Level II armor. It would be interesting to see if the plate could also stop. 44 Magnum bullets, too. That could possibly “qualify” his armor to Level III A.

In the video below he cuts open the plate to see where the different bullets stopped:

As the YouTuber states multiple times, it won’t be a good idea to put that kind of armor into your plate carrier and trust your life to it. Nevertheless, it is a fun project. It also actually demonstrates how simple materials can be used to make a survival/SHTF type of armor.

Note also, that the 5.56/.223 penetrated the DIY plate without a problem at all. That reminds me the old caliber debate and proves once again that the bullet diameter alone is not a guarantee of a desirable terminal performance.

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  • NanoSuitUser059 .

    Pfft. Why do this when an enclycopedia will stop a 50AE?

    • Squirreltakular

      I only regret that I have but one upvote to give here.

    • KidCorporate

      It’s not like they wee using the encyclopedia for anything else…

  • ozzallos .

    On a side note, probably better with resin instead of elmers and gluing the pages of the book together. I’d worry about rounds slipping through the space between rocks, but evidently that wasn’t a problem. Good job.

    • iksnilol

      Maybe also soaking the book?

      • ozzallos .

        I imagine soaking your body amor every time you go out might be a pain.
        …Or a blessing if you live here in AZ 🙂

        • iksnilol

          I thought soaking and drying it a couple of times to harden it.

    • Matthew D Herrmann

      There’s not much of a difference in strength between resin and glue (Something like less than 3% strength difference). For almost every application, the extra work that resin requires doesn’t make a noticeable difference.

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  • Martin T

    Love it! He mentioned an attempt with gravel that was successful also.
    Im wondering if anything short of steel and or ceramic will stop the 223

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I dont get it.
    A piece of scrap metal would work better with less effort.

    • Swarf

      Do they sell sheet pan sized 1/4″ plate scrap at your Dollar Store?

      • Gary Kirk

        No, but I have plenty laying around.. 😉

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Yeah it’s right next to the napalm.

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    • iksnilol

      I’m not so sure about that. Layers and the stones probably dissipated the energy better.

      • Novisad

        The book said “Alhoa snack barrd”. From there came the dissipation.

    • 🦑 🐙

      Yes but the splatter from the bullet impacting directly onto a steel plate would probably blow your face off. The cookie sheet allows the rock to explode inside it and absorb the splatter. A solid sheet of rock or tile would certainly be better than all those rocks with gaps between them though. And a thin sheet of steel behind the book would make it pretty tough.

    • Bob Atom

      Weight and cost, and you can make it at home. Curve of the rocks makes them a little more capable of absorbing and deflecting the bullets.

  • lethargic skeptic

    I’ve got a couple of hard to read books I can use.

  • Swarf

    Ayn Rand’s thick-headed and obtuse BS would have stopped that .223.

    • Goody

      Rand’s objectivism leaves plenty of room for firearms & individual freedom, so she’s ok in my book.

    • Bob Atom

      Atlas Shrugged is happening today! The takers are outnumbering the creators, and the creators are ready to go to the redoubt. Academia, government and unions working in concert to destroy this country.

  • iksnilol

    Uhm… did it work against shotgun?

  • Joe

    Baking pan, Ceramic floor tiles, Liquid Nail, and the yearly Cabelas catalog.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Saw one of these several years ago made with small kitchen tiles laminated together with expoxy or something. Cost around $20 and was shockingly bullet resistant. At least to handgun calibers

  • noob

    okay this has to go to the obvious conclusion:
    can you use grocery store materials to make body armor where the primary constituent is reinforced bacon (thickness not an issue)?

    I’m thinking just starting with epoxy glue and gluing sheets of raw bacon together until they are thick enough to stop a bullet.

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    • Iggy

      ‘I’m looking at the man in the meatsuit,
      I’m asking him to change his ways…’

    • RealitiCzech

      I was once an operator like you, but then I took a mutton to the knee.

    • Kirk Newsted

      Why waste good bacon like that?

      • noob

        Reddit gold. I thought about trying for edible armor, but if it is edible by definition it has to be penetrable. Unless the meat armor is so tough you have to shoot it into bits small enough you can swallow. I’m guessing edible armor is pretty much just “stand behind a cow”.

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  • Cymond

    Interesting. I’ve seen a few experiments like this, and it always makes me wonder about inexpensive DIY bullet resistant walls.

  • Badwolf

    I love it when people do experiments like this using regular household and backyard materials. Of course it’s nowhere near reliable as steel or ceramic body armor that you can easily buy online. But when the shtf and supplies dry up for whatever reason, information like this could come in handy.

    • iksnilol

      It literally cost 8 dollars. I believe you can afford to test that.

      • Badwolf

        Time is a problem too.

  • Cactus Air Force

    He has several other videos with various different materials. Definitely should check them out, especially the ceramic video. 704 also does great budget reviews for us less well off gun owners.

  • Edeco

    Should have used two semi-dispisable aluminum pans, like for making tendies, and no book. Then put it against plywood to kee from caving. That way we could see just what the rocks are soaking up.

  • Able_Dart

    Still waiting to see if M855A1 can be stopped by an ammo can filled with Mentos.

  • uncle bobedy

    So how long until we see a “counter protester” wearing ACTUAL kitchen counter Formica plates as bullet deterrents? THAT will be hilariously new LARPing from our neighborhood SJW’s.

    • iksnilol

      Considering the nazis came with AR15s, I doubt it’d help.

      • Kirk Newsted

        True. But someone has to be the first to find out.

  • nova3930

    Fallout anyone?

  • TDog

    And now the debate begins: what type of paper is best for stopping bullets? 😀