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 The New Frontline Fashion Statement


” The high demand for protection has spurred one vendor to produce cheap and lightweight bulletproof vests using X-ray film. The vests have become an essential safety measure for protest guards on Ratchadamnoen and around Government House. 

  Tests involving shots over a distance of five metres had shown an M-16 bullet penetrated 35 layers of X-ray film, a .357 bullet 28 layers, an 11mm bullet 18 layers, a .38 bullet 12 layers and a .22 bullet nine layers. The vendor uses 40 layers of X-ray film on the front and rear of each bulletproof vest. Each vest weighs less than 2kg. The vendor once made the vests from unbleached cloth, but he now orders them ready-made with the supporting steel plates removed. ”


From the Bangkok Post via Michael Yon











From All Shot Out :



AllShotOut Reviews: AR500ARMOR




” I recently came upon a company called AR500 Armor, primarily a web-based enterprise which started in 2012. My first impression: This stuff is too cheap to be real. The tactical market has conditioned us to believe that everything needs to be at least $100.00 and painted black before it is worth buying. My SRT unit has attempted to acquire modern body armor over the past three years while their existing carriers, soft armor, and single polymer front plates put overall cost at an approximate $2700.00 per officer. The rifle plates alone can range in prices of $500.00 – $900.00 depending on the material, vendor, and multi-hit capability. The low cost of AR500ARMOR.COM’s 10” x 12” trauma plates had me believing it was a scam, with costs ranging between $65.00 and $110.00 plus shipping.

I began with 10 rounds of .223 PMC Bronze FMJ training ammunition. Following the first few rounds I happened to notice where the surrounding vest carrier material was becoming absolutely shredded. The next observation was that not a single round had penetrated the plate. I examined the vest and found that none of the fragments had penetrated through the final layer. Although the plate was slightly bent and indentations could be seen on the strike face, there was no loss of material and no indentation that could be measured at more than 1mm.”