1923: Testing a Bulletproof Vest Chris September 7, 2011 1920-1929, Science & technology 6 CommentsFavourited 1013 times Add to favourites 6 Responses jvon September 7, 2011 Yeah, screw that. I’m guessing they used a light powder load at least judging by the fact that guy isn’t doubled over in pain. Reply Neil Roberts September 7, 2011 He was lucky the first two times. The guy in the second picture looks like he’s going for a head shot next. Reply OT February 5, 2013 The barrel is pointed upwards because of “muzzle flip” caused by recoil, immediately after the shot. This would also indicate that a standard powder charge was used. A typical 1920′s revolver load fired a soft lead bullet at a subsonic velocity. While lethal in normal conditions, a relatively thin steel plate would stop it. Some cotton padding would reduce the impact transferred through the plate. Reply John Simpson September 7, 2011 Also nice is the film footage of the woman holding up a sheet of bullet-proof glass in front of her face while her husband shoots a gun directly at her head. Reply Birdy May 8, 2012 Ballsy. o.O Reply Steven November 11, 2012 Who says old people had no fun? I don’t think this would be possible today. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.