Sapphire Body Armor

Sapphire Body Armor

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    Sapphire Body Armor

    A company is developing military body armor made from sheets of synthetic sapphire crystals. It is half the weight and half the thickness of comparable current body armor and rather than trap the bullet, it actually causes the bullet to shatter. It's effective against 5.56 and 7.62 and it even offers some protection against .50. Pretty cool if it's true.

    https://www.foxnews.com/tech/sapphir...s-from-snipers
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    I saw this article last night. Very interesting stuff. They are also putting it into "bulletproof" glass. So, instead of spider webbing when hit with a round, the glass shatters the round and merely leaves a little dent.
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    @lionround : Your signature line is questionable. Most of the lists of crime ridden cities I see have my hometown, St. Louis, ahead of Memphis every time. If you split out East St. Louis, IL, St. Louis, MO is still ahead of Memphis, but East St. Louis is ahead of St. Louis. Not that I'm being competitive, you understand! We used to be ahead of Detroit, but now they're tough to beat.
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    Too bad the sapphire sheets are not big enough to replace the glass panes in household windows and doors. This would be awesome for places that deal with hurricane strength winds.

    Looks like they are only available in up to 9x26" or 12x20" sizes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackJack View Post
    Too bad the sapphire sheets are not big enough to replace the glass panes in household windows and doors. This would be awesome for places that deal with hurricane strength winds.

    Looks like they are only available in up to 9x26" or 12x20" sizes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    For enough dinero, I'm sure they'll oblige you.
    That's possible. Don't know if the limitation is just what they make by default or a matter of manufacturing technology. Didn't see anything on the manufacturers web site about custom sizes, of course, i didn't really spend that much time looking either. Mainly looked out of curiosity, not intent.

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