Testing a bulletproof vest, 1923

By RHP | Posted on: November 23, 2013 | Updated on: December 27, 2013
Testing a bulletproof vest, 1923

Testing a bulletproof vest, 1923

The deputy firing a .38 caliber revolver straight at his chest.

The Deputy firing a .38 caliber revolver straight at his chest.

September 13, 1923. Washington, D.C. “W.H. Murphy of the Protective Garment Corp. of New York stood less than ten feet from [Frederick County, Md.] Deputy Sheriff Charles W. Smith in police headquarters Wednesday and let the deputy fire a .38 caliber revolver straight at his chest. When the bullet hit, Murphy never batted an eye. Inventors of the bulletproof vest, which weighs about 11 pounds, have put iten the market for the protection of police and other officers in emergency cases. The bullet which Deputy Smith fired into the vest Wednesday was presented to him for a souvenir”.

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