Somebody send this man an iPod!

The iPod he had in his pocket apparently stopped an insurgent's bullet with his name on it!
My wife’s uncle works in a military hospital and told me about this. Its pretty amazing. Kevin Garrad (3rd Infantry Division) was on a street patrol in Iraq (Tikrit I believe) and as he rounded the corner of a building an armed (AK-47) insurgent came from the other side.

The two of them were within just a few feet of each other when they opened fire. The insurgent was killed and Kevin was hit in the left chest where his IPod was in his jacket pocket. It slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor. Fortunately, Kevin suffered no wound.
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"It slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor." I'm sure the several layers of kevlar and ceramic plates had nothing to do with the bullet stopping.

While it's a slightly interesting story, he'd be fine without the iPod. It's like saying the paint on the tank slows down the shrapnel enough that it can't penetrate the armor, and that's why we paint all our tanks.
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And some folks, our troops included, aren't above a little hoax-ification.
Grunt #1: This ipod blows! I can't even listen to a whole Toby Keith album before the battery dies.
Grunt #2: Maybe you should say you had it in your pocket when you got hit in that raid last week and tell how it saved your life.
Grunt #1: Yeah! Maybe Apple will send me a new one.
Grunt #2: Set it on the fence over there and we'll take a little target practice!
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@artbot: That may be true, but I would think that if it was being used for target practice, the round would have entered through the screen or the touch-pad (it makes a nice bullseye). So I am inclined to believe the soldier had it in his pocket, screen turned in to protect it, and it was between him and the other feller's rifle.
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Tell you what, Anthony, let's test it on you; strap on a Kevlar vest and we'll hit you with a couple of AK-47 rounds at point-blank range, one with an iPod in the way and one without. Then you tell us if he'd have been "fine" either way.

The main point is that at that range, the AK-47 bullet was traveling at full muzzle velocity (about 2,300fp/s), while the vest he was wearing is rated for a 50% chance of stopping anything traveling 1,525ft/s or faster. I would say that the iPod earned a Bronze Star. Or better.
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NeonCat, the bullet hit the front of the iPod and exited the back.

Dave, I don't know where you're getting your facts (well, I probably do, Wikipedia). But the OTV is rated at 1,525 FPS with a 124 grain, 9mm ball round. Not only is an AK-47 round a different ballistic test, the IBA (what he would have been wearing) is a different armor, and the OTV is just a component part of it. In case you don't believe me, you can just read the back of a SAPI plate. It is capable of withstanding a 7.62 X 51 mm round, which is a higher power than a 7.62 X 39 mm AK-47 round.

And, of course, a test of a couple rounds is different than a test of one round, given the IBA has been criticized for failure to defeat multiple hits due to plate fracture.

You obviously don't command a complete understanding of the ballistics involved, so if you prefer to believe a piece of plastic and tin foil stopped an otherwise fatal strike, please, be my guest.
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yo man! wtf, what about the ak shooter? will his family dance after his death? ahm… damn sure… america is the best one, isn’t? **** off all

In all seriousness, the fact that the insurgent "was killed" nearly prevented me from posting this. Once upon a time casual discussion of "killing" in just about any context was improper or impolite. Unfortunately 5+ years of jingoism has anesthetized much of our society, changing the rules. In some peoples' eyes, "killing or capturing terrorists" has become heartwarming. It's a sad state of affairs.
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I am with Anthony on this one. My first thought about this when I read it was that the iPod just happened to be in front of the balistic vest, which actually stopped the round. Nice story though. I am sure Apple will get some mileage out of it.
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yo man! wtf, what about the ak shooter? will his family dance after his death? ahm… damn sure… america is the best one, isn’t? **** off all

How did this become a political or nationalist issue? The fact of the matter is that this man leveled his rifle at a soldier who is trained to eliminate eminent threats lest he or his comrads be eliminated. I was there (Iraq) and can tell you first hand that due to a strong adherence to the Geneva convention that the 'insurgent' would most likely have never been shot if he would have just lowered his weapon. The Iraqi people know this and usually take advantage of this to avoid being shot.

Is it sad that his family will never see him alive again? Of course it is, but that is not the point of this story.
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one more thing.....

Let's not forget that the soldier in question was SHOT. All too often anymore I see or hear people victimizing the guilty while they demonize the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday for the benefit of others.

Next time you speak freely about something please remember to thank a soldier. They made it possible. I don't care what country you come from. If you are enjoying the fruits of freedom, you are doing so because somebody else paid for your ability to do so.
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@ Anthony: I guess you are correct re: entrance and exit damage. Nonetheless, I think it probably did happen. I would venture a guess that given the number of iPods out there that eventually someone will get shot in the exact same area that their iPod is in and that this is probably what happened here. You are correct that it offered essentially no ballistic protection. Hell, let's be charitable and say it slowed it by 20 fps.

@Sky, rek, etc.The soldier was shot because he was in the wrong place (Iraq) at the wrong time (now). I'm glad we have soldiers willing to protect our freedom, I just don't think that's what's going on in Iraq. Yes, yes, Saddam secretly hid all his WMDs and was a very bad man who posed a terrible threat to the US and if the Iraqis would only realize how much we (tough)love them they would stop shooting and blowing up the foreign soldiers in their country. I know, it doesn't matter what I say, the US is A Number One and can do no wrong, ever. Forget I said anything.
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uh.. discussions' getting out of hand pretty fast. I think we ought to try and keep it on what happened, and leave all the politicking out of this.
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