I met Tom Nardone, owner of BulletSafe Body Armor, at SHOT Show earlier this year. I wrote an article about BulletSafe’s extremely cost effective $299.00 Level IIIA body armor for BlueSheepdog.com (BulletSafe on BlueSheepdog). Above is a video of this vest taking on a .50 Action Express caliber from a Desert Eagle. The .50 AE can be loaded very hot. The bullet used here is a Magnum Research 350 grain JSP.
Ballistics101.com states the specs for the Magnum Research .50 AE in 350 grain put it at 1,270 FPS, delivering 1,253 FPE at the muzzle. While this is far below the punch given by the .454 Casull, .460 S&W Magnum, or .500 S&W Magnum, it is comparable to a hot .44 Magnum. Whatever the numbers, I don’t want to get hit in the chest with this puppy.