Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ballistic Protection

U.S. Marine Walks Away from Head Shot in Afghanistan Source: weeklystandard.com

A US Marine was shot in the head. He survived the wound because his helmet stopped the bullet. This incident provides several lessons for us. The first is the value of a ballistic helmet when facing armed suspects. Most armed suspects faced by police will be armed with handguns. A ballistic helmet is great protection against handgun rounds. Keep one in your gear bag and wear it on a man with a gun call.

The Marine at first thought he was hurt and stopped fighting. As long as the fight is on, you need to continue to fight. The suspect will not stop because you are wounded, you can't stop because you are wounded either. The fight is over when the suspect is handcuffed, searched and secured.

Wear your body armor. Today's armor is lighter, thinner, cooler, more flexible and better than ever. Again, most suspects will be using handguns. Almost all handgun rounds will be stopped by a decent set of armor. Wear the best armor you can afford. Wear it all the time; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
And don't forget to "trade it out" when it reaches it's "life expectancy", right?

Even body armor seems to have a "shelf life", as it were.
I didn't know that until a couple years ago.

Stay safe.

Bunkermeister said...

Old armor is better than no armor. Most companies claim five years. Others claim as much as ten. Your mileage may vary.