Ballistic Characteristics of Various Samples of Experimental Body Armor Materials
WATERTOWN ARSENAL LABS MA
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At the request of Office, Chief of Ordnance ballistic tests of various samples of experimental armor materials have been conducted at this arsenal. The conclusions of this study to date may be summarized as follows a All plastic materials investigated with were of a weight comparable to steel of the current body armor gage exhibited substantially similar ballistic characteristics when subjected to any one of the ballistic tests conducted, so that no one material can be said to have superior ballistic efficiency to any other, Material R-141 which was of lighter weight than the other materials exhibited unusually good ballistic characteristics and should be investigated in a weight comparable to that of other materials. b The ballistic efficiency of the plastic materials was superior to that of the magnetic steel investigated and also superior to the decarburized samples of Hadfield manganese steel furnished, It was nearly equivalent to that of good quality Hadfield steel.