Harrell: Bullet Resistance of Stuff in Your Pockets

   09.15.20

Harrell: Bullet Resistance of Stuff in Your Pockets

(Image: Screenshot from video)

In this video, Paul Harrell endeavors to demonstrate whether some random stuff that people may carry in their pockets can slow or stop a bullet.

His first example is a pocket calculator. Who knew this was even still a thing? Although I do prefer calculator keys to the sometimes-unreliable touch-screen version on my smart phone. Spoiler: Don’t rely on a calculator to protect you from even the lowly 25 ACP.

After a bit of other testing, he finds something that does stop bullets: a Ridge wallet. And for wallet testing, he conjured up a different sort of meat target. Most folks carry a wallet in their back pockets, so he bought a butt roast to serve as a butt cheek. Brilliant!

After this, he takes a stroll down memory lane to 1912, when someone attempted to kill Theodore Roosevelt and failed. The bullet passed through a steel eyeglass case and a 50-page speech and didn’t get far after that, apparently lodging in a rib.

Harrell simulates the conditions by using 50 pages of paper and a glasses case with glasses inside, and his firearm of choice is an old revolver chambered for 38 S&W (no, not 38 Special). He fires a pair of bullets at the “bull moose meat target” from 5 yards, and his results were pretty dang close to historical accounts…

Next he concludes that an old school flip phone will save you from buckshot! Er, kinda.

Enjoy the video.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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