Open Source Body Armor Project

Nicholas C
by Nicholas C

The Chopping Block has been experimenting with home made body armor.

Here is his first attempt.

Test of field expedient “body armor.” Three PEI grade V porcelain floor tiles with a coat of Herculiner on the front and between tiles and a thick coat (about a quarter inch) on the back to capture fragments.

Now he tried a different recipe of ingredients to make cheaper body armor.

The Chopping Block makes reference to Royal Nonesuch making his own home made armor. His armor is made of phone books and ceramic tiles. He shoots a .38 spl, buckshot and 7.62×39 at the armor. One issue is that he replenishes his armor after every shot. Whereas The Chopping Block shot multiple rounds at his armor.

Here is another home made armor test using denim, liquid nails and ceramic tiles.

Hopefully these guys and other enthusiasts can come up with a recipe that is low cost and highly effective.

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  • MAGA Knight Leo MAGA Knight Leo on Sep 15, 2015

    Just to point out the obvious, it seems likely that ISIS and other terrorist groups are paying attention to Western media, so if this works, ISIS may start using it. It's not a reason to not do it (ISIS isn't known for technical competency), but it is something to think about.

    • M.S.1 M.S.1 on Sep 21, 2015

      @MAGA Knight Leo This is a non-issue. You assume that ISIS, etc, don't just buy body armor from China or other disreputable people. Besides, they seem to have an endless supply of US-surplus equipment that their opposition keeps leaving around.

  • Mgilson Mgilson on Sep 15, 2015

    Have you looked at WW2 "Plastic Armour"? Wikipedia has a reasonably detailed article. The original would be too bulky, but it was effective against massed aircraft machineguns of 8x57 or larger cartridges. It could serve as a starting point.
    Also, mild steel can be case hardened, and aluminum anodized. IIRC, if you anodize an aluminum plate long enough you can turn it into pure aluminum oxide.