DEBUNKED: “Bulletproof” Carhartt Jackets

    In May of this year, it was reported that that New York Police Department’s Speed Gold Dot 124-grain +P loads were insufficient to penetrate a Carhartt jacket that a suspect was wearing:

    Four of the shots that cops fired at a madman waving a knife in Midtown failed to penetrate his jacket — which was not bulletproof — and the NYPD will now check the weapons for malfunction, law enforcement sources told The Post.

    “The bullets we have may be defective and that’s very disturbing,” one source said. “When we fire our weapons, we want to make damn sure that our bullets hit our target — neutralizing our target.”

    A sergeant and an officer fired a total of nine rounds at 46-year-old Garry Conrad on Wednesday, with one of the shots killing the depressed Broadway stagehand who refused to drop the blade at West 49th Street and Eighth Avenue.

    Four of the bullets got lodged in Conrad’s Carhartt jacket, sources said, adding that he was not wearing a bulletproof vest.

    Given the significant documented history of the Speer Gold Dot, especially from a Glock-19 handgun AND at +P loadings, many called “bullshido”, including myself. Unfortunately, I am unable to back my call up due to a lack of ballistics gel for testing. In steps ShootingTheBull410, a favorite channel of mine and fellow caller of the bullshido to test if the Carhartt does indeed provide a level of ballistics protection.

    Suffice to say, the bullshido is strong with those police officers. The Speed Gold Dot easily penetrates the jacket and in the spirit of testing, does not stop a .308 either.



    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

    The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.