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Bulletproof

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Ancient Death Ray"
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Finding: BUSTED

Explanation: If you end up in a gunfight without a bulletproof vest, could a hardcover book, pack of playing cards or Zippo lighter stop the slug instead? MythBusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage used that trio of supposedly bulletproof items for target practice to find out.

Before taking aim, they positioned their potentially bulletproof bull's-eyes on a ballistics gel dummy to see how much physical damage could be done. A .357 Magnum handgun quickly busted right through the myth, as its ammo easily passed through the book, cards and lighter - as well as the dummy's ballistics gel flesh.

The busted myth also goes to show that genuinely bulletproof Kevlar vests aren't made out of paper products and lighter fluid for good reason.

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