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Edged weapons vs IIIA body armor
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Soft armor, without stab panels, was made to stop a projectile moving at high speed, almost a ballistic blunt force trauma situation if you will. It will have a hard time stopping smaller caliber rounds moving slowly, think .22 short through .22 lr and knives and other stabbing weapons. Hence the need for stab panels. It's interesting what you can pick up in self defense classes. Big Grin
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#12
Son of the Revolution and I are going to get together at a local range and try out his compound bow with both field tips and broad heads.

I think it will stop both, but we'll see. We will try both with and without the anti-stab insert panels installed.
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#13
Shoot it from the back, give it a sporting chance... lol


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#14
I just wrapped it around a padded chair back for my stabbing tests...that has a little give, but not too much. Should be good enough for government work.

PS: If anyone thinks they can edit that video to remove crap and make it brighter, by all means do so...i'll repost the improved video in my OP in this thread, if anyone wants to screw with it. The video i shot is rather dark. I don't really have any video camera/editing skills to speak of.
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#15
Latest stab test by me:

My personal 1997 manufactured US Armor IIIA (non stab rated) vs:

"Buck" brand hunting knife and US M7 bayonet.

Results speak for themselves:

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As can be seen, whether or not a vest offers stab protection depends very much on the shape of the stabbing weapons blade tip. The double edged blade of the M7 is absolutely ideal for penetration.
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