.308 & .44 Magnum Bullet Proof Vest Testing

Tight shorts, spray on shirt, and dry humor included as a bonus:

I guess it’s not a new trend, that bulletproof _________ manufacturers no matter what the product, feel compelled they need to show a real person getting shot.  Frankly I can’t see if there is internal damage anyway, so scientific data would interest me more.

I know I wouldn’t be lining up to get hit by 7.62×51 NATO ball, or .44 Magnum.  I don’t care how many people lived through it before me.

Was it just me, or with the angle he was firing the revolver at were you half expecting him to take the deflection to the crotch?

Second Chance body armor is still around, so that’s a good sign their products work. I wonder if they could hook me up with one of those vintage shirts? I’d like a Large though, not a XXS like in the video.

Would you stand in front of a gun to prove something the company that you work for makes, actually works?

Hat tip: Andrew H.



paul kimble February 3, 2012 at 12:49 am

wow say what you want but these guys really stand behind their product.

Frank February 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

It’s probably one of the few times, like with cars, where they probably don’t want to stand in front of their product…

I’m happy their equipment works. BUT, I’m a little weirded out that they’re doing a back-yard-World’s Funniest-Home-Videos-quality video. They could have at least worn khakis or something.

Tim Ellwood February 3, 2012 at 12:55 am

I was set up next to Richard Davis this year at SHOT, over 300 times he had shot himself to prove his product worked, and he is still here. He is one of the last old school, non PC, what you see is what you get gun guys. I took a pic of him and John Bianchi together in our booth , end of an era. I saw Robert K Brown from SOF mag in the media room, wish I could have got the three of them in a pic together.
Try and find a copy of “Second Chance vs magnum force” , hokey but very cool shooting crap in it.

Crunkleross February 3, 2012 at 09:43 am

Davis made some videos on VHS that recreated shootings and senarious police wearing and some not his vests for educational purposes. vs magnum force was one of them. Unfortunately I lost all mine in a fire, there was a lot of very good training value in them. If someone has a source for them now i’d like to know.

Tim Ellwood February 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

I talked to Richard about the video’s. He no longer owns second chance, they own the rights to the vids, that means, no vids, is what he told me.
I have a few copies of Second Chance vs magnum force, most people dont have a VHS player anymore though.

SGB February 3, 2012 at 05:55 am

Good thing he doesn’t make condoms.

Crunkleross February 3, 2012 at 09:37 am

That’s an old video, probably early 80’s, I saw that very demonstation. Richard Davis is a character he’s also an American hero, he may not have invented body armor but he made it lighter and concealable. He saw a need for concealable body armor after an attempted robery where he shot the assailants. He also worked as hard as he could to keep concealable body armor out of the press, he didn’t want the BG’s to know it was being worn by police and therefore shoot for somewhere not covered. He lost that battle when the competition went after publicity and increased sales.
The tight shirts and shorts look funny now but that was a different time.

Jeep February 3, 2012 at 09:39 am

SGB, you’re the best !

Waow, what a look ! Did they both escape from year 1985 ? Where the hell do they buy clothes? Oh, sorry, they get them for free where they work…
Everything, the look, the way it is filmed, their humor… out of date !!

They definitively believe in what they sell, but I’ve never seen a car manufacturer sending its employees into the crash test !!

Tim Ellwood February 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

It was filmed in 1985, good guess!

RWC February 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

@5:58- ‘now be careful.’ LOL.

The Juno February 3, 2012 at 11:42 am
RichS February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

that video was boring and by a diff company. What isn’t adding up?

RWC February 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

What isn’t? He’s in a lot more pain since he didn’t insulate himself with magazines, books etc. Both vids get the point across, one a touch smarter than the other though :-)

Church February 3, 2012 at 02:46 pm

Those were some tight shorts!

Branko February 3, 2012 at 05:15 pm
Crunkleross February 3, 2012 at 07:04 pm

Fake as hell, no recoil from the rifle.

matt RRC February 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

not fake. muzzle flash and insane recoil is more hollywood than reality.

Branko February 4, 2012 at 03:35 am

Fake or not, it makes point in context of trusting person on the other side of gun when you do testing like this

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