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#49 - Wait, what's this from?  [+] (1 reply) 09/25/2016 on Anti-Homo Defense 0
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#104 - psyachu (23 hours ago) [-]
It's at the end of an episode of YuGiOh abridged.
#169 - Second paragraph. "A complete suit of …  [+] (2 replies) 09/25/2016 on Hey kid, wanna take back... +1
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#171 - marmiteistasty (09/25/2016) [-]
huh. cool! always imagined it took more than 4mm of steel to stop a musket shot.
but that's the thing, right? it's not one musket shot every now and then. im sure it'd lose integrity pretty fast to modern firearms.
#176 - thechosentroll (09/25/2016) [-]
No, not really. It's another common misconception. Dipshits, pretending to be "experimental archeologists" have no idea how armor works. Often times, when they "test" how good plate armor was, they don't actually shoot at a breastplate, they shoot at a random steel sheet that's as thick as a breastplate. Which is fucking retarded, because it isn't the thickness that matters, it's the shape.

Look at this pic. Notice how the breastplate has a sort of ridge in the middle? That's the important thing. Soft armor, like a gambeson, mail or modern day kevlar can't hold a shape, it takes the shape of your body. So, when you get shot, it tries to absorb the force, but it's close to your body, so it still feels like you got punched in the gut. Hard armor, like plate works in a different way. Since it can hold a shape, they make it all rounded and full of ridges. There isn't a single flat surface on the armor. Because it's job isn't to absorb the blows, it's to deflect them to the side. Also, it doesn't touch your body, it sticks a couple of inches in front of you, so in case a lance or musket shot or whatever dents the armor, it doesn't actually hurt you.

As for the integrity, it depends on what you're shooting at it. I'm pretty sure 9mm and smaller would just glance off harmlessly. Maybe leave some tiny dents. Larger calibers would leave bigger dents and maybe penetrate. If you hit the exact same spot twice, it'll definitely go through. Something slim and fast-moving like 7.62 would punch straight through. And if we go to the absurd stuff like .357, the armor's fucked. But, then again, pretty much any armor's fucked against that. .50 cal could kill the knight, the guy behind him and the guy standing on a hill 2km behind them. So, for a battlefield, it'd be kind of a shit idea. For an urban setting, it could actually be viable.

Though, I guess the problem is that you'd have to wear it all day, which is something even knights didn't do. Kevlar's definitely more comfortable. And less likely to give you a heat stroke. Cause that's the main drawback of plate. It's not the weight, it's the fact that you're covered in metal and padding, it's 30 degrees outside and it has no air holes. According to historic accounts, that was one of the most common causes of death among people in plate - taking your helmet off to get some air and getting shot in the face.