Incendiary Image of the Day: That Went About As Well As Could Be Expected Edition Handguns by Robert Farago | Feb 24, 2012 | 47 comments facebook twitter linkedin email [h/t to FXG] comments Scott Ellis says: February 24, 2012 at 11:58 Please tell me this fool has not been allowed to breed. Reply bontai Joe says: February 24, 2012 at 12:12 I have no sound available at work, so I can only imagine what pearls of wisdom he shared before and after he shot himself. With the full coverage tats and the beard and belly, I assumed he was a “tough guy” , but he seemed a bit of a wuss after the shot (again, I have no sound here). Reply rosignol says: February 24, 2012 at 13:09 Some description (G20, 10mm, Hornady, Second Chance, etc), a bit of trying to psych himself up, followed by some colorFul descriptions of what it’s like to be shot. The intent seemed to be to convince himself that the vest would perform as advertised. This does not strike me as an inherently bad idea- people doing dangerous work need to have confidence in their gear- but the execution was a bit questionable. Reply kalel666 says: February 24, 2012 at 12:24 Still less idiotic than this: http://youtu.be/M7mr7CK7zEk Reply Mr. Lion says: February 24, 2012 at 13:44 “Consider that a divorce.” Reply tom says: February 24, 2012 at 12:25 I changed my mind. I’m now for gun control. This nitwit is on the “No” list Reply DonWorsham says: February 24, 2012 at 12:31 Do you think he practiced shooting himself a couple of times before doing it on film? I hope so. Reply Ralph says: February 24, 2012 at 12:40 And you thought that Dennis Henigan is insane? This jackass is felony stupid. Reply BLAMMO says: February 24, 2012 at 12:40 Not only am I stupid, but so damn proud of it I must tell the world. Reply GS650G says: February 24, 2012 at 12:50 Like sticking your finger in a garbage disposal and turning it on to see what happens next,. Reply Josh says: February 24, 2012 at 13:11 Damnit, why the hell does he have to be from the South… making all of us look bad. Reply Wade says: February 24, 2012 at 15:04 +1 Reply JOE MATAFOME says: February 24, 2012 at 13:22 What would he have done if the vest hadn’t stopped the bullet? MORON Reply Ralph says: February 24, 2012 at 13:37 What would he have done if the vest hadn’t stopped the bullet? Actually, not much. Reply Matt G. says: February 24, 2012 at 18:18 Probably bled a little. Maybe some yelling. Reply pair-o-dee says: February 24, 2012 at 13:48 In fact, that looks like one of those old vests the Feds used to issue till they found out that they didn’t actually stop bullets. Oops. Hey, normally you can’t be that stupid and wear clothes. I’m thankful for small favors. Reply Matt Gregg says: February 24, 2012 at 14:03 It’s just too bad that the best did stop the bullet, that part of the gene pool needs some bleach. Reply Gabe says: February 24, 2012 at 13:52 To me, this seems akin to testing your car’s air bag by driving 100mph into a brick wall. Reply Don says: February 24, 2012 at 13:58 Or an even closer analogy, like testing a motorcycle helmet by intentionally flipping head first at 100mph into a brick wall… -D Reply Peter says: February 24, 2012 at 14:02 Well in this case he did use a (crash) test dummy. Reply mikeyt95608 says: February 24, 2012 at 14:02 Where does one begin? The negligent handling prior to the self-inflicted gunshot? The “Why yes, I have done decades in prison” tattoos? The fact that a 10mm steps out at an alarming velocity and has defeated body armor? The way he (Idiot In Question) was pointing the charged Glock at his own jewels while finger-banging the hell out of the trigger? I guess I will just have to file this whole thing away in the “Do not try this at home” category. I wonder if his off camera assistant would have driven this fat fool to the hospital had the plate failed. Stupid IS painful… Reply Derek says: February 24, 2012 at 15:41 “The fact that a 10mm steps out at an alarming velocity and has defeated body armor?” Hornady’s 10mm is pretty watered down. He basically shot himself with a .40. Still though, he just shot himself with a .40 … .lzxikxdck,lad-o[0pamkl;qaiozsehjk4rfc (bangs head on keyboard) Reply mikeyt95608 says: February 24, 2012 at 17:28 My mistake on the hard data, but the point is the same. Point blank is “No Miss” territory. This was zero distance territory. I have done some stupid things (mostly revolving around choices of ex-wives), but this is a prime example of how to end a perfectly stupid existence. One commenter noted that it was a shame he did not directly impact the liver, but in fact this IIQ likely did. And from the rotund proportions, this IIQ has not done a sit-up since he was kicked out of high school, so it is not as if a muscle structure exists to help disperse the shock of impact. The adipose tissue does a great job of absorbing impact, but not to the tune of (divide velocity by 1,000, square result and multiply by bullet weight, multiply result by 2.219= Ft Lbs of impact) freaking dead on arrival. Body armor is by design only used to protect life. When the forces of stupidity overtake that barrier, death is the logical result. Puncture wounds are only one way to die, hematoma is another. The loss of blood as his internal cavities fill up would only result in a situation incompatible with life. I am not certain this guy would be on top of that particular ball as he more than likely drank away the pain in some show of manly bravado. (Insert further insult to liver here) To be certain, I think we both agree on the severity of this IIQ’s stupidity, but the “watered down” ballistics of the Hornady load are hardly grounds for dismissal. Reply Dyspeptic Gunsmith says: February 24, 2012 at 20:34 Body armor comes in different threat level ratings, from NIJ Level I to NIJ Level IV. Level IV is capable of withstanding an AP .30-06 round. A standard 10mm round is well within the ratings of NIJ level IIIa/III vests. All armor can be defeated with enough kinetic energy or a sharp enough projectile at high velocity. For example, typical LEO armor is IIa or II, and is supposed to withstand a .357 point-blank. Yea, OK, but what happens if your assailant is using a crossbow and broadhead? Guess what, today isn’t your lucky day. You’d have been much better off if the perp was using a .357. Similarly, it doesn’t take penetration to cause death to the wearer of vest. A center punch from a .375 H&H or heavier rifle round will cause a flailed chest in many instances on a III or higher rated vest, resulting in death without penetration of the vest. As for the physical condition of the subject: There’s plenty of LEO’s in the same or similar physical condition. mikeyt95608 says: February 24, 2012 at 20:40 Precisely why I stated my point. Also stated, we agree. The argument lies in.. Details. Yes, it is a survivable hit. No, it is not something that should ever be duplicated. No, no sane human would attempt this. One more time for the cheap seats… This Should (read that will) Kill You. Steve says: February 24, 2012 at 14:25 Well, that is one way to make sure your ballistic vest works. Personally, I would have hung the vest on a pumpkin…you know…just in case. This really had potential for a Darwin Award. Maybe he can apply for an Honorable Mention. Reply Jwhite says: February 24, 2012 at 14:36 these people make me sick. “hey look i got body armor” hurp durp “I’m gone prove that NLECTC was right.” Durp – ow that hurt, but I guess they aint lying to ya. Reply Tim Tritt says: February 24, 2012 at 14:48 Richard Davis former President of Second Chance Body Armor did this for years and built a multi-million dollar business doing it…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Chance_(body_armor) Reply Jeff O. says: February 24, 2012 at 15:15 That’s what I was thinking! From the Wikipedia article: In a suburban Detroit field, and wearing his creation, he turned a .38 Special revolver to his chest—and pulled the trigger. The vest worked and the Second Chance brand legend was born. Richard Davis would go on to shoot himself over 200 times in demonstrations around the world, mostly with .44 Magnums, while the technology he invented would save the lives of over 1,000 police officers wearing Second Chance vests. Reply Dyspeptic Gunsmith says: February 24, 2012 at 20:20 Exactly. The “armed intellectuals” here seem to either be ignorant of the history of the body armor industry and Mr. Davis’ extreme testing standards, or they have a double standard. Reply Jason says: February 25, 2012 at 00:19 If first saw him pulling this stunt in a video from the ’80s called “Deadly Effects”. To his credit, he did stick a phone book under the vest to distribute the impact. And it looks like that part of it is online now. Before YouTube, this VHS was actually quite good at debunking a lot of different gun myths. They not only tested bulletproof vests, they also showed accuracy on full auto, and shot car gas tanks to demonstrate what happens in the real world. Reply Jason says: February 25, 2012 at 02:58 My mistake. This is from “Deadly Weapons”. “Deadly Effects” is another video in the series from Anite Productions. And apparently you can still get them on DVD. GS650G says: February 25, 2012 at 17:25 Neither Mr Davis or anyone else has a reason to use themselves as a target for a handgun. Animal carcases are a better choice. Reply Veekay says: February 24, 2012 at 14:49 Can’t deny he’s got balls. *puts flamesuit on* Reply Mark says: February 24, 2012 at 14:51 It could only be better if he centered it directly over his liver… Reply xpo172 says: February 24, 2012 at 14:55 AND. No hearing or eye protection. Reply Chas says: February 24, 2012 at 15:06 WHAT A MORON Oh, and the “shell” is called a “casing”, numbnuts. Reply Tim Tritt says: February 24, 2012 at 15:17 You just called the guy a moron, then get into semantics on the parts of a cartridge? Did I say that correctly? Reply David says: February 24, 2012 at 16:21 Here’s Richard Davis President of 2nd Chance shooting himself multiple times. He even uses .44 mag which is another level beyond 10mm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIhyETXW1u0 Reply Derek says: February 24, 2012 at 16:39 I wonder if he’d be willing to let JOE shoot him… Reply Skyler says: February 24, 2012 at 17:34 Expensive hobby. Now he has to buy new armor. Reply Tom says: February 24, 2012 at 17:53 Hertz Donut. Reply Ramdomhero says: February 25, 2012 at 03:00 pulled this with my kid for the first time last week (sans the gun of course), he has been trying to do it on other people all week now. Reply Ramdomhero says: February 25, 2012 at 02:58 cant be that bad? he did say it was a “point ten” millimeter Reply Joseph says: February 25, 2012 at 03:03 Unlike the IIQ in his videos, as has been pointed out, the illustrious Mr. Davis seems to have shoved telephone books up under his vest in the majority of these videos… as evidenced by the PAGES FLYING OUT FROM UNDER HIS VEST! So much safer test, go ahead and grab a telephone book for a city of… ohhh let’s say 200k or more. place the telephone book upright braced against something… lets say a container of wet sand shall we? Fire. The reasons why a telephone book will make that hurt a lot less are the same as were discussed in regards to why fat distributes impact less efficiently than muscle. Either way there’s no defense for anyone who voluntarily shoots themselves.. Reply Courtney Davis says: April 21, 2014 at 14:23 To settle your confusion on Richard’s bravery, intelligence and the balls to put his money where his mouth is, perhaps you shld do a little more research on this man. We often mock what we don’t understand and I am here to tell you that you shld be so blessed to hv the opportunity to sit down and pick his brain. I have, I married into this family and there is not a day that goes by that this man doesn’t amaze me! He wld give the shirt off his back to any one of you whether he had the money to put a new one on his own back! I urge you to do a little more research before posting ignorant comments. You only make yourself sound incredibly uneducated! Reply Courtney Davis says: April 21, 2014 at 14:32 Here is a link to the background behind Richard that led to the birth of his brain child: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Chance_(body_armor) Reply Write a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.