posted on Dec, 29 2008 @ 02:55 AM
Originally posted by Wolf321
In the late 1800's a Chicago priest developed a bullet proof vest made of silk. If I recall, the vest worked against lower velocity handguns. Perhaps
in conjunction with steel or kevlar you would get some decent protection.
Kevlar is of similar strength to spider silk, if not quite as strong. Ultra high molecular weight polyethelene like spectra or dyeema is stronger.
It's much stronger than silkworm silk, and if you've got some, you don't need the silk. Because when you've got a kevlar vest, You've pretty much
got commercially made body armor.
I'd be interested in any place where you can buy Kevlar weave by the yard, but prices I see are like 30 dollars a yard; you won't see significant
savings over buying armor commercially.
I suggest some small, very hard ceramic tiles, like, for bathrooms or something on top of mild steel sheet (maybe 1/8th inch?). Perhaps with a layer
or five of nylon glued beneath the steel as a spall liner. Should stop 9mm and .45 at a reasonably close distance.
With any luck, the nylon would stop rifle rounds from making the steel fragment and harm you worse than the bullet alone would.
It'd weigh more than SAPI plates, sure, especially for the protection, but it'd be very cheap.