How Effective Is Body Armour Against An Assault Rifle?

This question is like a Russian roulette version of popular website Wikihow, anyway, body armour is deployed with the aim of being an essential form of protection against the most violent of circumstances, quick but interesting fact on this, the term “bullet proof vest” is not actually correct, manufacturers describe their products as “bullet resistant” and by doing so this places a mental caveat that ensures the user feels aware that they are in fact not indestructible.

Back to the original point, how effective is a body armour-plate? To test this in a practical way, a Youtube channel by the name of “Demolition Ranch” decided to shoot at a piece of body armour while using an ARAK-21 XRS gun, if you’re wondering, this gun is a hybrid of both the AR-15 and AK-47. The Facebook page of Demolition Ranch describes itself as “making you smile with guns” only in the US.

Below is the video, after conducting the experiment it was found that a piece of ceramic body armour could absorb 8 rounds before finally being breached, this is theoretically impressive but the effectiveness would depend on factors including distance etc. Body armour has a ceramic layer that is designed to break up the bullet and a composite layer of fabrics to hold the bullet from wounding the individual.

Body armour does indeed work and offers a good level of protection against, well death, but as good as the armour is, it can still be penetrated with dire consequences. The maker of the gun that was used in the experiment is a company by the name of Faxon Firearms; according to their website it states the company are “proud defenders of the 2nd Amendment”, too bad this cannot be amended, oh wait.

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Two Men Arrested at Pokemon World Championship With Large Weapons

Reports indicate that what could have ended as a major tragedy was averted thanks to tips from the public and a quick acting from the convention center management of the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center where this year’s Pokemon World Championship is hosted.

Two men were arrested and charged with several gun violations after making a “very real threat” [sic] via social media and then showing up at the convention with a lot of firepower. The two men that Boston police arrested this weekend, were Masters invitees James Austin Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18. In the trunk of their car, Police found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun and a DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle as well as several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife. Both men were arrested back at their hotel on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and other firearm-related charges as neither could produce a license to carry firearms.

The whole thing started when Stumbo posted a photo of the arsenal with the caption “Mayhem Pokemon Crew, Kevin Norton and I are ready for Worlds Boston here we come!!!”. There came a reply with “Good Luck” from a Facebook user to which Norton replied “With killing the competition?”.

Whether the two guys were just showing off a large e-penis or they intended a massacre at the Pokemon World Championship, it’s great to see the authorities acting so quick and prevented a possible large-scale tragedy. Pokemon players consist of a large portion kids and minors and it’s terrifying to think of what the two could have done at an event of this scale. It should also be used as a reminder for the less mature people, that you shouldn’t joke about things like that. With the charges put up against the two, it’s unlikely that they’ll play any more Pokemon anytime soon.

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Army Exoskeleton Makes Gunshots More Accurate

The US Army has developed a revolutionary new exoskeleton that improves a soldier’s aim with a gun. The Mobile Arm Exoskeleton for Firearm Aim Stabilization (MAXFAS) automatically steadies a soldier’s gun arm, cancelling out trembling without locking the limb, leaving it free to point at other targets at will.

“Army soldiers have to be able to hit a target at over 300 yards away,” Daniel Baechle, co-creator of MAXFAS and mechanical engineer for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland, said. “That’s more than three football fields put end-to-end. Prior to basic training, many soldiers have never tried to hit a target that far away.”

“Using the Army standard M16 rifle, moving the muzzle by just one-sixteenth of an inch will result in the shot being off target by more than 17 inches at 300 yards away,” Baechele explains. “So even small tremors can result in huge aiming errors.”

Early studies on soldiers using MAXFAS show a shooting accuracy improvement of up to 27%, and Baechele hopes to improve the technology even further.

“The far-future concept I envision is that MAXFAS could become an untethered device, perhaps with motors, power supply, and control computer all in a backpack,” he predicts. “MAXFAS could then be worn on the battlefield to improve soldier aim. Alternatively, the tremor-damping algorithms could be incorporated into an existing or future exoskeleton.”

Couple MAXFAS with the recently-developed smart bullets and the US could be building the next generation of super soldiers.

Thank you Popular Science for providing us with this information.

Gun Group Refused Sale of Carbon Fibre 3D Printer; Offers $15K Reward for One

Fabrication startup MarkForged has excited many by developing the world’s 3D printer, the Mark One, that can produce items using carbon fibre; a material as light as plastic, but as tough as metal. US political group Defense Distributed were one such enthusiastic party, with organisation founder Cody Wilson placing a pre-order of $8,000 for the 3D printer.

However, after Wilson boasted about how he was to use the device to construct firearms, MarkForged cancelled his order, citing terms of service that forbid private citizens from using the printer to build guns. Now, Wilson has posted a video to YouTube, offering a $15,000 “bounty” to anyone who can get him a carbon fibre printer. In it he says, “I’m going to get this printer. I’m going to make a gun with it. And I’m going to make sure everyone knows it was made with a MarkForged printer.”

Defense Distributed has a history of trying to procure 3D printing technology to make its own firearms. The group had a firearm 3D printing fundraiser banned from IndieGoGo back in 2012, while Stratasys has refused a request from them to hire a 3D printer that it intended to use to manufacture guns.

MarkForged insists that, had the company known who was trying to purchase one, it would have denied the pre-order immediately, telling WIRED, “Our website automatically took Mr. Wilson’s pre-order, and we certainly regret that we did not catch this sooner. We are expediting his refund with interest.”

Source: WIRED