Is chain maille bullet proof?

How strong is this stuff? Is it comparable to Kevlar? Will it stop a bullet? I know it'll protect you from being stabbed, but what if someone's got a firearm? Are some mailles stronger than others? Which is the strongest?

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MattGyver92 (author) 8 years ago
So perhaps as armor to protect against shrapnel in case any of my projects happen, chain mail is not bullet-proof. But on the bright side, a cool thing about it is that it's basically wearable, flexible, breathable, metal. Metal can be magnetized. It can also be a conductor for electricity. Metal is very strong (not bullet-proof strong, but still very durable). Plus, it can be made in all kinds of shapes and patterns as well!
chainmail is definitely not bulletproof. Unless the links were about an inch thick, and tightly woven like a t-shirt. it guards against slashing more than anything. I think it would make things worse...because instead of having a bullet in the wound, you'd have the bullet and wedged metal points of the links. mmm nothing spells out sepsis like copper, steel, and a good ol' fashioned .45 round
skunkbait8 years ago
If you had some "miracle metal" it might be bullet resistant. But realistically, without trauma plates you'd still get severe internal injuries. But steel core rifle ammo can consistently shoot through most "bullet proof" vests. Kevlar is great.... for most handgun and shotgun rounds. But FMJ .223, 30-06, 7.62 x 39mm, 7.62 x 54mm, .308, .303 and others will punch right through it. If you wanted a better maille option, I'd go with plate maille. Even then, they can always build a bigger/faster bullet, that'll penetrate almost anything.
MattGyver92 (author)  skunkbait8 years ago
What is plate maille?
What you generally think of when you hear the word, "armor," like a knight wore.
MattGyver92 (author)  Weissensteinburg8 years ago
Like plate body? I think I see... But I figured that wasn't anymore bulletproof/resistant than chain maille... That's interesting.
Neither one is particularly good. Bullets go through thin metal pretty easily. By the time it's thick enough, it's too heavy.
You can use a metal thats not thick as it needs to be, then tilt it at an angle, which effectively makes it thicker.
You mean having 1" thick metal is too heavy for armor? That's ridiculous...
Well, if you have a hydraulic robot suit, 1" steel plates should be just fine!

  • Now where did I put that hydraulic-robot-suit???*
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