I noticed that on many of these pictures it looks like the bullets get dangerously close to the edge of the body armor... Doesn't seem like it would be a bad idea to increase the physical protection of this armor by making the areas the cover expanded by and inch or so... I'm just saying, but then again you don't want to be to bulky and heavy for the soldier to wear around all day...
Here is one link. They were not attacked but trying to destroy unexploded anti-tank weapon with rifle fire.
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This thread is so full of win. I love seeing how these guys' armour stop ****.
One of my soldiers in Sangin, Afghanistan after his helmet deflected an incoming AK round. He got hit moments after his team leader told him to get his head down. Lucky guy.
Small world. Keenan was one of my soldiers in Schweinfurt, a couple years before this happened.
In fact, part of the concept of body armour is based upon your body absorbing most of the energy. We did some tests with vests on a firing range, and Level II vests and even IIIa are quite easily penetrated if there is no body or anything solid directly behind the "bulletproof" fabric.
One of my guys "Willie" (on a previous tour) had his vest stop three rounds point blank on a clearing operation. Broke two ribs but didn't penetrate, wish I had the pics though.
Soldier's lucky escape from Taliban bullet
SourceA British soldier in Afghanistan has been dubbed the luckiest man in the military after a Taliban bullet pierced his helmet - and he lived to tell the tale. Private Leon 'Willy' Wilson, 32, was manning a machine gun during fighting in a village west of Lashkar Gar, southern Afghanistan, on April 10 when he was shot at.
"I got engaged by an enemy machine gun. Someone popped a smoke grenade to show the Apaches (helicopter gunships) where we were. As the smoke billowed out, the shot hit me in the head," he said.
The AK-47 bullet - which entered one side of his helmet and came out 10 centimetres away - missed his head by just two millimetres, passing through a forehead pad instead.
Wilson, from Manchester, was thrown onto his back, but unfazed by the Taliban attack.
'Luckiest soldier in the army'
"I was knocked clean off my position and landed on my back; I had my eyes shut. I asked if I'd been shot.
"(My colleague) was just staring at me in amazement and swearing, and he said 'yes'. The medic was looking queasy - I don't think anyone wanted to take my helmet off."
Once it was clear he had escaped injury, Wilson found another helmet and carried on fighting.
"They tell me I'm the luckiest soldier in the army," the reservist, who is an electrician in civilian life, told the UK's Sun newspaper.
"And looking at the holes in my helmet, they must be right."