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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Stop A Speeding Bullet?

This is a hockey puck. It's small piece of vulcanized rubber that is used in hockey as a projectile to score goals. Hockey pucks can be used for a number of other purposes, but it's main use is on the ice. The scary part is that hockey pucks can reach speeds off hockey sticks of over 100mph, making them as lethal as bullets if it were to strike an unprotected individual. But being that hockey pucks rarely crack or shatter on the ice, they're fairly strong in their making. One group decided to see if a puck strong enough to be a speeding bullet could actually stop a speeding bullet!

A YouTube user by the name of FullMag decided to test hockey pucks by shooting bullets at them. I don't know if this is an effective way of using one's time, but if someone has done something it's probably on YouTube.

Let me be very upfront in saying that I neither condone nor endorse this activity and that guns can be quite dangerous in the hands of an untrained professional. Please DO NOT recreate these activities in any way, shape, or form without the proper supervision and training!

Here's our Tennessee shooter testing hockey pucks against bullets.
That was pretty anti-climactic. According to the results, a hockey puck is strong enough to stop a .22-caliber bullet, but the rifle's larger-gauge blew the edge off the puck pretty easily. Again, we're talking about a one-inch piece of vulcanized rubber, so the fact that it can stop a bullet is pretty remarkable!

I would credit this as science, but there was nothing very scientific about it. For those who are in law enforcement or military, I'd stick with kevlar if you need bullet protection. Wearing hockey pucks would not only look odd, but it would probably be a lot heavier and cumbersome!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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