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When it comes to home defense, the question of what household objects can stop bullets is a common one.
While most household objects won’t reliably stop a bullet, there are some surprising items that can offer some protection.
In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the common and not-so-common household objects that can stop bullets.
Brick, Concrete, and Cinder Blocks
According to The Prepared, brick, concrete, and cinder blocks are some of the most effective materials for stopping bullets.
They can effectively stop most common calibers, but each bullet takes out chunks, so they can only protect you for so long.
A full water heater can effectively stop at least handgun rounds, according to The Prepared.
While it may not be the most practical solution, it’s good to know that your water heater can offer some protection in a pinch.
Trees are highly effective at stopping bullets, according to The Prepared.
While it may not be practical to take cover behind a tree in a home defense situation, it’s good to know that nature can offer some protection.
Steel is a common bulletproof material used in custom tailored bullet-resistant panels and other protective structures, according to RRDS.
Steel bulletproof materials are heavy duty, yet at just a few millimeters thick, extremely effective in stopping modern firearm rounds.
The steel deforms under the stresses from the bullet’s energy but prevents the rounds from reaching their intended targets.
Solid Wood Doors
A solid wood door is a safer bet than, say, your closet’s sliding doors, according to Popular Mechanics.
If you can run to the bathroom, you might do well to hop in the tub, but a solid wood door can offer some protection in a home defense situation.
Things That Won’t Stop Bullets
It’s important to note that there are many household objects that won’t stop bullets.
According to Concealed Carry, some of the things that won’t fully stop a bullet include:
- Auto glass
- Dashboard or steering wheel
- Thick winter clothing and coat
While some things may slow down a bullet, they may not be able to withstand multiple shots.
It’s important to remember that the best way to protect yourself in a home defense situation is to first avoid the danger, and if you can’t, put on hard body armor held in a plate carrier.In conclusion, while most household objects won’t reliably stop a bullet, there are some surprising items that can offer some protection.
Brick, concrete, and cinder blocks, water heaters, trees, steel, and solid wood doors are some of the common household objects that can stop bullets.
It’s important to remember that the best way to protect yourself in a home defense situation is to first avoid the danger, and if you can’t, put on hard body armor held in a plate carrier.