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Old October 6th, 2014, 03:56   #16
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The reality is for the type of work they do and the speed they need, sometimes a ballistic helmet is not necessary. Ballistics weight a fair bit. On their own it wouldn't be a big deal but each oz and lb adds up and can slow you right down. From the front a ballistic helmet doesn't even cover the majority of your head. Depending on the likely round the enemy would be using, such as the ever so generic "AK", it would just rip right through a ballistic helmet. In effect - they are useless in a number of situations.

But, smashing your head into something is possible when in confined spaces, buildings, ship interiors, etc. I've hit my head at games and I'm not alone. My Ops Core has a massive gash on the top from an impact I took hitting my head on a steel beam. Had it been my skull instead of my helmet, I would have been a potential no duff right then and there.

You take that these guys are trying to clear through boats or buildings with unknown hazards, they still need something on their head. Protecs weight practically nothing, so they are an obvious choice, and why so many units from all over the world use them. You smash your head into something by mistake you aren't a casualty. They weight literally nothing but provide some good protection.

And if you drill them they still work with NVG's.

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Old November 10th, 2014, 00:01   #17
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The new helmets are called bump helmets and are designed for protecting the brain from impacts and shrapnel not bullets and as a fact helmets were only ever designed for shrapnel as it has been and always will be the most likely cause of injury and death to a soldier in the field of battle. The reason they changed from steel to Kevlar was sheer weight of the helmet and nothing else but Kevlar tends to soak up water unlike steel.
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Old November 10th, 2014, 00:19   #18
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Seems like someone watched Black Hawk Down for the first time.
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Old November 10th, 2014, 00:29   #19
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Old November 10th, 2014, 00:47   #20
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I saw some Russian body armor that was composed of titanium plates...small ones.
They've been wearing those since 1979, the 6B3 vest has titanium and kevlar. Stops 7.62x39mm but the user may still die from blunt force trauma.
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Old November 10th, 2014, 03:56   #21
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Protective helmets are primarily intended to protect against air-burst artillery. In world war / cold war scenario, this was the greatest threat to dismounted infantry. It's the same reason why flak jackets were made, and why they have large shoulder pads (top-down protection). The idea was you'd be protected in a trench, but still vulnerable to top-down attack so you needed protection from that aspect.

Obviously since the end of the cold war, massed artillery hasn't really been a threat, so ditch the added weight.
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Old November 18th, 2014, 18:50   #22
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Old November 18th, 2014, 19:19   #23
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Old November 18th, 2014, 19:39   #24
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I saw that video earlier, and I did a little double take when I'm pretty sure I saw and heard Robo Murray.
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Old November 18th, 2014, 20:08   #26
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Old November 18th, 2014, 20:50   #27
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I've used my real FAST Bump helmet for snowboarding. Quality is much better than most snowboarding helmets. All it needs is ear muffs. lol
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Old November 18th, 2014, 21:58   #28
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I've used my real FAST Bump helmet for snowboarding. Quality is much better than most snowboarding helmets. All it needs is ear muffs. lol
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The swiss in I believe it was the early 80s developed the tig titanium helmet. It was adopted by many counterterrorism teams including units in the KGB...the Russians then reverse engineered them and created the altyn. 9mm literally bounces off it.
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