A while back, Sir Knight and I field tested AR500 Body Armor by Infidel Body Armor. We had heard a lot of hype about this armor and wanted to put it to the test. We started with smaller caliber weapons and slowly made our way up the food chain. We found the Infidel motto "Just Won't Quit" to be supremely accurate when dealing with the calibers this armor was rated for, but, we couldn't help ourselves - we wanted to test its limits and punch a few holes in the stuff! Lets face it, you don't really go to a hockey game to see guys in helmets push pucks around the ice, you go to see blood. We wanted to make this armor bleed...
As promised, in addition to hitting the armor with 9mm, .45 acp., M855, 7.62x51 and 12 gauge rifled slugs, we brought out the big boys. If you'll remember, none of the firepower we hit the AR500 with in our first round penetrated the plate. Even the .223 penetrators (M855) came up short. Our next course of action was to shoot the armor with rounds that exceeded the rated limitations of this armor (Threat III), just to see how it performed.
First out, an oldie but a goldie, a bolt action 30.06. We used surplus 30.06 ap (armor piercing). This stuff has a tungsten steel core that is a little smaller than a .22 caliber projectile on the inside. Again, to get the full effect, we were shooting from approximately 50 yards. We wanted to hit the plate hard. Much to our surprise, the 30.06 ap defeated the plate handily. The projectile passed right through the coating and the plate and out the back side - not deterred in the least. We really thought the 30.06 ap would have at least been slowed down by the Infidel armor, but we were mightily mistaken.
|Despite no black tip - the ammunition is steel cored - the |
projectile is touching a magnet
|First downrange - 30.06 ap|
|Zipped right through|
|Pieces of the jacket caught in the outer coating|
|Do you see how big the 50BMG round is when standing next to 30.06?|
|Adjusting the windage on the .50|
|The 50BMG crater|
|The plate had its coating blown off by the 50BMG|
|That's a really big hole!|
Although we did end up defeating this armor, it surpassed all of our expectations. Infidel makes a great product, offered at a great price. Their customer service is exceptional. While I hope never to NEED body armor, I love the peace of mind of having Infidel Body Armor in my armory.