The goal for Improvised coin armor is to give real
protection from common everyday items. This armor can be built from easy to find tape, or elastic bandage rap and of course coins. In this instructable we will be looking at the duct tape version.
-Coin armor possess excellent sharp edge slash resistance, good sharp point penetration resistance, and even spall / shrapnel ballistic protection.
-Coin Armor has moderate weight, acceptable flexibility in an easily modifiable package.
-Duct Tape coin armor has usable longevity, expect a week to a few months of use before reapplying tape depending on the size of the article made and the amount of activity experienced while being used.
-Coin armor makes minimal sound when worn and is water proof.
-Coin armor is NOT bullet proof, it offers great protection from most threats, but can not stop a .22 LR or above
Step 1: Material
To build Duct tape coin armor all you need is Duct tape and
>Useful items to have but not needed include: marking instrument, ruler, knife, light
-All standard or better quality duct tape will work for this project.
-It is suggested to use white duct tape so you can more easily see the layers line up.
-Any coin can be used in this process. I have tested all American coins, and even a large amount of European coins. All coins with some trace of copper will hold up to low weigh high velocity shrapnel, including up to 12 gauge 3” magnum #6 steel shot full choke at 25 yards.
Step 2: Coins
I will be using pennies, as they offer the best protection
to cost. They are also easy to find and as this is improvised armor most people have these lying around.
-Most banks in the US can provide you with boxes of pennies if you need them like this one.
Step 3: Step 1: Layout
In this instructable we will be making an armored strip or
scarf. This is a highly effective style as it can easily be used to wrap around parts of the body or layered for more protection.
-So for your first step place a long strip of duct tape down, at least 3 feet.
Step 4: Step 2: Hold It Down
Place a small piece of tape to hold the ends down so they don’t curl up.
Step 5: Step 3: Add 2nd Strip.
This strip should be much shorter. That is because it will
be hard to align another 3 foot strip perfectly straight.
-Add another small piece of tape to hold it down.
Step 6: Step 4: Continue 2nd Strip Till It’s the Same Length
Keep using small pieces
Step 7: Step 5: Begin Putting Coins Down
In this instructable we will be using the “box” layout of
coins. There are 3 different layouts we can use, in later tutorials we will discuss the pros and cons of each one.
Step 8: Step 6: Box One Vertical and One Horizontal Edge
This will keep the pattern consistent
Step 9: Step 7: Fill the Box
Keep the coins as close together as you can in the box
shape, but don’t modify the layout, they need to be in a box shape, not pushed together in a more diagonal arrangements. The gaps need to be the size they are for the next steps.
Step 10: Step 8: Cover Entirely in Duct Tape
The exposed coins now need to be covered
-don’t worry about messy over hang, these help the tape hold and can be trimmed later.
-You should end up with this very flexible strip.
-See how easy it is to wrap around your legs, arms, or chest.
Step 11: Step 9: Build a Second Strip Exactly Like the One You Just Made.
Go from step 1 to 8 again.
-make sure to have the same amount of coins in each row
-You’ll now have two strips
Step 12: Step 10: Align the Two Layers
The 2nd layer should be offset so that its coins cover the gaps in the first sheet.
-See the clear tape version for how it should look (don’t use clear box tape)
Step 13: Step 10: Further Examples
If you used lighter colored tape you can hold the two strips
up against any strong light and make sure there isn’t any miss alignment.
-Note how bright the light is on the edge going directly through just tape.
-Note how diffused and dim the light is when it can’t find gaps to go through.
Step 14: Step 11: Tape the Two Strips Once Aligned Together
Step 15: Step 12: You Now Have an Armored Scarf / Strip of Coin Armor.
-Note the flexibility has decreased. We will
look at more flexible versions with less protection in a future tutorial.
Step 16: Optional Step 13: Trim
You can trim the excess tape on the edges with any sharp
tool. Make sure to leave at least 1cm / half an inch on all sides to keep the tape from peeling off.
Step 17: Step 14: Enjoy!
-In my next Tutorial we will look at other methods of using
this armor, including templates for full chest protection, and stronger versions for increased levels of threats.
-Note: Coin armor is quite durable; I have performed extensive ballistic tests on many different versions. If you are successful your armor should fend off even a 12 gauge shotgun using target loads at medium range. In an emergency this armor can help protect you or others from injury otherwise unavoidable.
That said do not be foolish, don’t shoot at /or/ yourself /or/ others while wearing this armor.
Be careful, be safe.