Body Armour UK Logo
Body Armour UK Logo

Unit 2 Crompton Street
Chadderton
OLDHAM. OL9 9ET
Tel: 0161 665 0601
Fax: 0161 665 0602

Shotgun Armour Plate

Shotgun Plate

A shotgun is an extremely powerful weapon , and it is no accident it’s a preferred weapon of the career criminal. The 1oz slug will boast an energy level in excess of 3,000 Joules of energy. This level of energy is more than most standard military rifles. To stop this 1oz projectile requires 4mm of military tank grade steel.

If you have checked our slash / stab vest you may have noticed we state this vest is capable of stopping bird-shot fired from a shotgun at 5 metres distance. This is true, but there’s one vital fact that makes shotguns unlike any other weapon - distance. If someone was to discharge an handgun at point blank range the bullet is much the same threat as it would be from a greater distance. With a shotgun firing bird or buck-shot, distance is critical. At close distance several small projectiles will display similar physical properties as one large projectile, this means at distances of sub 18 inches all discharges from a shotgun will emulate one fearsome projectile capable of punching through high specification body armour.

Close range shotgun bodily strikes are generally fatal, irrespective of what ammunition is loaded. The 1oz slug strike at considerable distance is also deemed exceptionally dangerous threat with equally life endangering capability. This is the reason only one cartridge (the 1oz) slug appears in the UK Police shotgun standard.

Sawn Off Shotguns

Sawing off part of shotgun barrel will reduce the accuracy and energy of the gun. Why would anyone want to reduce the capability of the weapon? There are two reasons:

  1. Concealabilty - A criminal could not hide a weapon several feet long under a coat.
  2. It’s easy to hit any target when not using the 1oz slug.  Any multi-shot cartridge will spread at a wider angle from a short barrel - this practically ensures a target strike in the general direction of the gun
     

SG1 - Shotgun Table

The SG1 Plate is certified to be used in conjunction with our HG2 body armour. It is very light at 1.2 Kilos and uses a Glass Fibre base instead of ceramic. We have successfully tested the plate with our IIIA vests on a MOD approved test range (not a PSDB range). The figures relate to BODYARMOUR UK vests and plates and should not be taken as proof of conformity with other manufacturers products.

Protection Level

Weapon
&
Calibre

Ammunition
Description

Bullet Mass
Grams

Minimum Range

Velocity
(m/s)

Test Shots at 0 degree incidence

Test Shots at 30 degree incidence

Maximum
Trauma (mm)

HG2

Carbine 9mm

9mm FMJ
Dynamit Nobel
DM11A1B2

8.0

5 Metres

415-435

4

2

25

Handgun 0.357 Magnum

Remington
Soft Point Flat Nose
R357M3

10.2

440-460

4

2

25

SG1

Shotgun
12 Gauge
True Cylinder

Winchester 1oz.
Rifled Lead Slug
12RS15 or 12RSE

28.4

10 Metres

415-460

1

0

25

A 1.20 Kilo hard armour plate (HAP) for use in conjunction with HG2 soft armour panels (SAP)

Product Code HAP-9. Price 70.91 (85.09) per plate.

Stab Vest, Stab Vests, Stab Proof Vest and Stab Proof Vests are common terms for body armour with a defined level of resistance to a knife or pointed weapon. The same also applies to bullet proof vest terminology - bullet proof vests have a defined level of ballistic resistance.

card_logos
[Home] [Under Shirt] [Over Shirt] [Press] [Dual Purpose] [Helmets] [Plates] [Shotgun] [Kalashnikov] [RF1] [NIJ Level III] [NIJ Level IV] [Compare All] [Shields] [Standards] [Utility] [Ordering] [Contact]