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50BMG vs Body Armor

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CSBOMB, Dec 14, 2009.


    CSBOMB Active Member

    One of my students swears that he has seen a video of a US Marine being hit by a 50BMG round and surviving...not only surviving but getting back up off the ground.

    Is there ANY Body Armor that could not only prevent the round from penetrating...but somehow, magically dissipate enough energy to keep every bone from being crushed and every internal organ from being turned into jelly?
  2. essayons21

    essayons21 Well-Known Member


    The video he is probably thinking about: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=3587841

    Sorry about the myspace link (not mine), but the video seems to have been taken down off youtube.

    Apparently that medics unit tracked down and captured the sniper, injuring him in the process, then the same medic that was hit ended up working to save the life of the insurgent.
  3. Pat4x4

    Pat4x4 Well-Known Member

    BS.. I know what video he is talking about.. And a Guy got hit by a Iraqi BB gun.. Unless you were wearing 3" or more thick steal plate you are not going to be living after the fact.. Why would a American shoot another American Anyways

    CSBOMB Active Member

    Oh...and I suppose I'd have to question the likelihood of a US Marine getting hit with a 50BMG round to begin with seeing the probability of a foreign fighter having a 50 rifle.
  5. Pat4x4

    Pat4x4 Well-Known Member

    yep, that is the video.. I love modern technology..

    CSBOMB Active Member

    More than likely it was a 7.62x39...or at worse a 7.62x54??
  7. essayons21

    essayons21 Well-Known Member

    There were .50 rifles in the possession of the Mahdi army in March 2008. Not to mention a few remaining Dishka's, at least one of which was inside Sadr City in 2007-2008.
  8. Dr.Mall Ninja

    Dr.Mall Ninja Well-Known Member

    yeah that video looked fake
  9. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    Not unless you count holding a 3/4" AR500 steel plate in front of you as "body armor" :)
  10. essayons21

    essayons21 Well-Known Member


    Recovered round, solid tungsten, had penetrated approx .75 inch of steel armor, a kevlar blanket, and lodged in a MICH helmet. The guy wearing it was fine.
  11. CSBOMB

    CSBOMB Active Member

    That round looks untouched!
  12. essayons21

    essayons21 Well-Known Member

    Yep, you could just barely make out some rifling marks on it, and that was it. This was the third time a truck had been hit, and the insurgent shooting supposedly had a meeting later in the week with a Hellfire.
  13. essayons21

    essayons21 Well-Known Member

    The video is real, but it was not a .50 round he was hit with, but something in the 7.62 range.
  14. CSBOMB

    CSBOMB Active Member

    Hellfire for a 7.62? ...that's a satisfying trade off.
  15. Grey Morel

    Grey Morel Well-Known Member

    Your student has a poor grasp of ballistics, as well as the forces involved. Please use this opportunity to educate him properly.
  16. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    The .50's official role is stopping light armored vehicles, right? I'm pretty sure there is no "body armor" on the planet that is going to stop that within its accurate range.
  17. CSBOMB

    CSBOMB Active Member

    He is an interesting character. One of the other students just said "Mr. D...I think he just wants to argue and isn't going to listen to anything you say..."

    That says enough.
  18. IndianaBoy

    IndianaBoy Well-Known Member

    He is sorely mistaken. It is asking a lot of body armor with the plate inserts to stop anything in the 7.62 class. 50 BMG, forget about it.

    Tell him to play less video games.
  19. 627PCFan

    627PCFan Well-Known Member

    I saw a clip on the military channel. He was shot by a PSL which I believe is a 7.62x54R.
  20. desidog

    desidog Well-Known Member

    As a point of fact, the US supplied the Afghani Mujaheddin with Barrett M-82's back in the 80's to combat the Soviets. Some of those guns have turned up...others are unaccounted for. A buddy of mine doing counterinsurgency work traded H2O wells for guns, and came across one.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2009

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