Volume 40, Issue 4 (July 1995)
Study on the Wound Ballistics of Fragmentation Protective Vests Following Penetration by Handgun and Assault Rifle Bullets
This experimental study showed that when handgun and assault rifle bullets penetrate fragmentation protective vests (fpv) about one third of all bullets become immediately instable. This results in a shortening of the narrow channel. The diameters of the temporary wound cavities may decrease compared to unprotected persons, but may increase with high-energy bullets. The degree of injuries is thus variable and cannot be predicted in a general manner, but it can be determined empirically for specific bullets as well as for certain types of vests.