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Is a Motorcycle Helmet Bulletproof?

Ok, so a lot of people count on a helmet to protect their head from asphalt at 60 mph. So it isn't so crazy to wonder if that same helmet might protect your noggin from a bullet.

Well we decided to test out the theory. We started with a .380 auto and in the video below you can see the results.

There wasn't much to debate. The results were definitive. We didn't even get a chance to work our way up into greater calibers.

So, be sure to wear that helmet when riding your bike but if gun fire erupts seek better cover!

To learn more about everyday items that are or aren't bulletproof check out our master list here: What is bulletproof?

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5 Responses to Is a Motorcycle Helmet Bulletproof?

  1. Matthew Maruster March 3, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    I can never get enough of videos like this. Always interesting to see how everyday items respond when shot.

  2. Jim March 3, 2017 at 11:07 am #

    More than 99% of motorcycle helmets will NOT protect you from a head shot. In fact they will really complicate the wound as it will introduce all kinds of nasty debris into your wound. The only exception would be motorcycle helmets constructed out of Kevlar and even then it would have to have a number of layers. VERY few motorcycle helmets are constructed of this material and it would only be custom and expensively built helmet. NOTHING is bulletproof, just bullet resistant at best. The ideas is do not get shot anywhere!

  3. Ken Myers July 31, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    I made a helm for fighting in medieval combat out of 12 Gage Stainless Steel. It took a .45 ACP to the face plate with just a 1/2 inch dimple. I would not have wanted to be wearing it, but it was lots of protection. lol

  4. Del August 14, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    They use real ammo, .45 ACP, in that medieval combat scenario?

  5. victor lucas September 1, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    it is not bulletproof, but apparently it can prevent it from penetrating the skull

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