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September 03, 2002
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Orange County Sheriff's Office frangible bullet penetration test

Orange County Sheriff Ballistic Test of Frangible Ammunition Penetration

8/13/02

 

Conducted by:                                                                    Weapons:

    Pat Dooley                                                                 9mm Beretta 92F

    Dooley Enterprises, Inc.                                              Smith & Wesson SW99-40

Ballistic Material Supplied by:
Steve Armellino
U.S. Armor Corporation

Test #1 – Gold Flex/Spectra Flex, Vest model GSF3a-7 Threat Level IIIa  (28 layers)

Round                               Velocity (fps)                Penetration

    1) 9mm 85gr. +P frangible           1474                            3 layers ballistic material

    2) 40cal 115gr. frangible              1256                            2 layers ballistic material

    3) 9mm 127gr. +P+ SXT             1250                            8 layers ballistic material

                                                                                                                                               

 

Test #2 – Gold Flex/Spectra Flex,  Vest model GSF2a Threat Level IIa  (18 layers)   

 

Round                               Velocity (fps)                Penetration

    1) 9mm 85gr. +P frangible                  1471                            2 layers ballistic material

    2) 40cal 115gr. frangible                     1302                            1 layer ballistic material

                                                                                                                       

 

Test #3 – Gold Flex/Kevlar/Spectra Shield+,  Vest model TV2a-12 Threat Level IIa

                                                                                                                            (19 layers)

Round                               Velocity (fps)                Penetration

    1) 9mm 85gr. +P frangible                  1451                            8 layers ballistic material

    2) 40cal 115gr. Frangible                    1437                            no penetration

    3) 9mm 147gr. SXT                             962                              3 layers ballistic material

                                                                                                                                               

Test #4 – Kevlar,  Vest model USA2a Threat Level IIa   (20 layers)

Round                               Velocity (fps)                Penetration

    1) 9mm 85gr. +P frangible                  1451                            no penetration

    2) 40cal 115gr. Frangible                    1308                            4 layers ballistic material

CONCLUSION: No total penetration of any of the ballistic vests with frangible or non-frangible ammunition.

 

 

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