The folks over at The Box o Truth ran a series of tests based on a real-life scenario presented by a SWAT sniper. The sniper had been involved in a shooting where an armed, barricaded subject was wearing multiple concealable vests with trauma plates. The subject made threats to kill citizens and officers, and the sniper ultimately was forced to shoot the subject to end the danger.
As the subject’s mobility was somewhat limited, the sniper was able to make a head shot. His questions regarded the ability of his .308 to penetrate three vests and trauma plates, and if the entry team’s .223 rifles would penetrate.
I found the results somewhat surprising.
At 58 yards (the distance the sniper was from the subject), the .308 would not have penetrated all three vests and trauma plates. Neither would the .223 at closer distances. Both rounds did penetrate all three vests without trauma plates.
I would have figured the .308 would punch through all three plates and vests, so it is a good thing I wasn’t placing money on the testing.
The tests are not scientific, but they do give you something to consider. Click the link above to see the photos and full information.
Richard is a police officer with a medium sized, central Florida department, and previously worked for a Metro-Atlanta agency. He has served as a field training officer, court officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, watch commander, commander of a field training and evaluation program, and general pain in the butt to management-types looking to cut training hours.