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PostSubject: Body Armor and Ballistics   Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:17 pm

Body Armor and Ballistics

Body Armor is meant to absorb shock as an outer layer detached from the body, so this means it takes the brunt of the blow and then the projectile makes contact with the body, with reduced force and (hopefully) a lack of penetration. This does not absolve the user from damage, the projectile still deals kinetic force trauma (Even if it's reduced). Body armor is generally meant to stop 1 bullet, or 2-3 from smaller calibers.

Bulletproof/resistant Vests:

Type 1 - .22 Long Rifle & .380 ACP.

Type 2A - 9x19mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and lower.

Type 2 - 9mm Parabellum, .357 magnum and lower.

Type 3A - .357 SIG, .44 Magnum, 10mm Auto and lower.

Type 3 - .45-70, common rifle calibers, and lower.

Type 4 - High caliber rifles & below.

Muzzle Energy:

Muzzle Energy is the kinetic energy of a bullet as it is expelled from the muzzle of a firearm, it is often used as a rough indication of the destructive potential of a particular bullet or firearm, in this case, we'll use the unit of joules, if the joule rate is higher than such than armor can take, it renders it useless [Depending on the type of armor].

22. Long Rifle - 159 joules.
9mm - 519 joules.
.380 ACP - 270 joules.
.38 special - 420 joules.
.45 colt - 500 joules.
.45 ACP - 540 joules.
.40 S&W - 576 joules.
.357 SIG - 644 joules.
.357 Magnum - 750 joules.
10mm auto - 880 joules.
.41 Mag - 1,230 joules.
.44 Mag - 1,400 joules.
.50 AE - 2000 joules.
.454 Casull - 2,600 joules.
.460 SW - 3,300 joules.
.500 SW - 3,500 joules.
5.56x45mm - 1,796 joules.
7.62x39mm - 2,070 joules.
7.62x51mm - 3,799 joules.
.308 Winchester - 3,200 - 3,600 joules.
.45-70 Gov't - 3,800 joules.
12 Gauge - 4,200 joules.
20 Gauge - 2,500 joules.
.338 Lapua Magnum - 6,634 joules.
.50 BMG - 18,000 to 20,000 joules.
14.5x114mm - 32,000 joules.

Fallout Armor Protection Reviews:

Leather Armor: Leather armor barely provides any ballistic protection against firearms, however it works very well against cuts and good quality leather can prevent a stab, leather even provides a reasonable resistance to lasers due to its low level of flammability. The kinetic force of blunt weapons may be decreased depending on the thickness of the armor.

Metal Armor/Steel Plate: Provides exceptional protection against cuts and stabs, no weapon is cutting or stabbing through it unless it's bad quality. However, steel plate is rigid and provides very little protection against blunt weaponry and ballistic weaponry.

Combat Armor: Combat Armor is classified as having Type 3 protection and can protect against low-medium caliber bullets, it also has a pretty good resistance against cuts and stabs, try shanking a toilet.

Power Armor: Power Armor has the same resistance as plate armor but it's a bit more assured, T-45 can handle up to 2000 joules, T-51 can handle up to 2500, both the X-01 and T-60 sets can take roughly 2800, and the X-02 can take about 2400. Hits to the head with blunt weapons are very effective.

Blunt Impact:

As you all should know, body armor may protect you from a bullet but there is still a kinetic force connecting with your body, and that kinetic force can be strong enough to break a bone, depending on the caliber, the bone, and the angle at which you hit it.

Every bone is different and I don't have the source for every kinetic impact required to break particular bones, but for the sake of preventing argument, we'll say that all calibers under 1000 need atleast two shots to break a bone, while ones above only require one depending on the bone, strength of bones can be reasonably determined by common sense, I.E your rib is most likely weaker than your femur. The angle is also important, if you shot a particular bone at an awkward angle, it may break easier due to it's awkward positioning.

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PostSubject: Re: Body Armor and Ballistics   Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:16 pm


Added some more muzzle energies:

.308 Winchester
.45 Gov't
12 Gauge
20 Gauge

Removed some mistakes and added the T-60 to the power armor section.
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PostSubject: Re: Body Armor and Ballistics   Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:43 pm


Added a section on blunt force trauma.
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