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Old 12-05-2012, 3:27 PM
ZombieZoo ZombieZoo is offline
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Default Were "Old Mexico" X-style bandoleers 'body armor' as well?

I'm thinking, crossed over the central chest, you got 2*(double extra heavy leather, leather loops, metal cartridges).

Then you got at least a single layer over much of the torso.

Was any of that considered at all effective as body armor in combat, against slower moving olde bullets and blades?

Or was it just very heavy old school camping equip?

I'm not surprised mags don't do much with thin metal, but I hear 22lr will bounce off turkey feathers. Hickok45 was shooting S&W 500 into old thick text book and I went about 1/2 through. I'm sure a big caliber slug would be slowed down quite a bit, especially if it hit cross work of metal cartridges with lots of cross woven thick leather, just wondering how much.

The 'authentic' bandoleers I checked where HARD leather almost 3/8", plus 1/8" loops. I couldn't imagine wanting that thick or stiff just to carry a few rds.

Got me thinking about leather chest piece wore by British soldiers as seen in "A Man Who Would Be King".

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