Level III+ Armor Stopping .50 BMG Bullets … Is it Possible?

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    After a long break, Jerry Miculek resumed creating and publishing videos on his YouTube channel. There is no doubt that most of our readers know who is Jerry Miculek and that the content he creates has an overwhelmingly high level of coolness. In the latest video published on the channel, Jerry tests a Veterans MFG Ultralight Level III+ body armor by shooting a .50 BMG Hornady 750 grain A-Max bullet at that plate. Enjoy the video.

    Yes, as unbelievable as it is, this body armor managed to stop the .50 BMG bullet at such a close distance. Now, I understand that the penetration largely depends on the projectile type and a high-explosive armor-piercing incendiary projectile would probably zip through and tear apart this armor plate. Nevertheless, the fact that it can stop any .50 BMG projectile is really impressive. This plate basically stops a bullet that it is not supposed to stop. That being said, it is unclear to me why isn’t this plate rated Level IV? Is it possible that despite being capable of stopping a .50 BMG A-Max bullet it will fail to stop a .30-06 Springfield AP bullet thus being unable to qualify for Level IV?

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    Below you can find the specs of the Veterans MFG Level III+ Ultralight plate:

    Level III+

    Multiple Hit Capability

    Neutral Buoyancy (wont weigh you down in water).  3 Yr. warranty on ballistic core

    1″ thickness.   10×12 Standard with slight curve.

    Weight – 4 lbs

    Tested against:  7.62×39, 7.62x51AP, 7.62×54, 7mm Mag, .300 Win. Mag, .257 Weatherby Mag. (3700fps), .338 Lupua Mag. (Large BFD – No Penetration)

    The MSRP of this plate is $409.


    Considering that the average combat distances that you are likely to encounter enemy fire from .50 caliber machine guns and anti-material rifles are probably much longer than 20 yards, I think such an armor can be a valuable piece of equipment highly increasing the survivability rate of the troops. What do you think about the performance of this armor? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

    Hrachya H

    Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience. Hrachya also writes for SilahReport.com
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