GoPro Body Armor? It At Least it Stops a .22!

    Expanding from his myriad capabilities as a trickshooter, 22Plinkster has been evaluating what the .22LR can really do. He’s had a great series of videos looking at the formal penetration of the 22 through drywall (which is surprisingly dangerous, using drywall as a measure).

    Upset with a malfunctioning GoPro, Plinkster has decided to terminate the unit with extreme prejudice. Using 36 grain Federal Champion hollow-point ammo and a Ruger handgun, he takes aim at the lens and proceeds to demolish the camera with a round to the lens. Turns out, GoPro’s are sturdy little devices physically even if the electronics inside them are not. The first round fails to penetrate through the camera unit.

    As such, a second round was required to see if the first was a fluke. Taking aim at the LCD on the other side of the camera, the bullet proceeds to again fail to penetrate. As such, those wearing the GoPro on their head will find that it provides a (very) small measure of ballistic protection.

    Perhaps GoPro should test their camera to give it a NIJ rating? It if can stop 2x .22’s so convincingly, I will posit it can stop a 9mm.

    If only there was a “9mmPlinkster” to take up the mantle…


    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.