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Do bulletproof vests protect against punches and hammer blows?

  1. Aug 6, 2013 #1
    i was wondering about this, because I learned that those vests don't protect against knives.
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  3. Aug 6, 2013 #2


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    They protect against force trauma of any kind in the same way, by spreading the impact out over a large area. I doubt that would do much good against a really hard sledge-hammer blow since it would like still crush your chest, just as they won't protect against broken ribs if you are hit with a very hefty, but soft slug.
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