This Man Put Aluminum Foil to the Ultimate Test
Homemade body armor. It’s been the subject of fascination for years. Even as a child, you probably imagined using things around the house to shield you from pretend gun fire. In this age of science and information, people have taken their homemade armor attempts to levels you can hardly imagine. Most surprisingly, they continue to find new ways to stop real bullets with household items.
If you know anything about ballistics, then you understand the challenge at hand. Almost nothing in an ordinary household is hard enough to stop a bullet on its own. What you really have to look for is compression. Objects that fold and give when struck by a bullet can bleed its energy. If you can put enough of such objects between you and the gunfire, it just might work.
This concept is why sand is the ultimate protection from bullets. Sandbags easily stop .50 caliber machine gun fire. They can certainly stop anything less. But, you can’t really wear sandbags. Water is another substance that compresses well, but like sand, it gets too heavy to wear before there’s enough to be truly effective.
In the quest for homemade protection, many have turned to aluminum foil. It is metal after all. And, it does have potential to compress. Is there an ideal arrangement that puts these properties to work to successfully stop bullets?
You can find the answer in this video. Take a look. It’s a fun experiment and will answer a question your inner five-year-old never thought to ask.