Metal Foam? In Body Armor?

Metal_FoamEver heard of “Composite Metal Foams” (CMFs)?  Turns out, this technology has been around for quite a while and has a wide range of applications.  These materials are tough enough to turn an armor-piercing bullet into dust on impact but weigh a fraction of plate armor.

Afsaneh Rabiei, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State, has spent years developing CMFs. The video below shows a specimen made out of her composite metal foams. The bullet in the video is a 7.62 x 63 millimeter M2 armor piercing projectile, which was fired according to the standard testing procedures established by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).  As you can see, the results were dramatic.

“We could stop the bullet at a total thickness of less than an inch, while the indentation on the back was less than 8 millimeters,” Rabiei says. “To put that in context, the NIJ standard allows up to 44 millimeters indentation in the back of an armor.”

Check it out:


SOURCE: NC State University

Despite Restraining Order, ATF Raids Ares Armor

Ares-Armor-ATF-raidLast week Ares Armor, a company that sells firearms parts in San Diego, obtained a restraining order against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The restraining order was approved by Federal Judge Janis L. Sammartino and a federal raid of the business was prevented. ATF planned on raiding the company in order to gain access to a list containing more than 5,000 customer names. The customers on the list had purchased a plastic or polymer  lower receiver from EP Armory, a part that is used to build rifles legally at home. The metal version of the receiver is legal due to being stamped with a serial number.

ATF and DOJ argue the plastic versions of the receivers are illegal because they don’t have serial numbers, even though they are the exact same part simply made of different materials. In this case ATF considers receivers firearms, not simply firearm’s parts. In past cases and situations, ATF has determined these parts are not firearms. Here is DOJ’s argument:

Plaintiff Lycurgan Inc, dba Ares Armor (“Ares Armor”) is part of ATF’s investigation because it is in possession of approximately 6,000 of these unserialized AR-15 lower receivers. Further, Ares Armor is not a federal firearms licensee, so it cannot legally engage in the business of dealing in these firearms, let alone ones that do not bear the required manufacturer’s mark and serial number.

Over the weekend and under pressure from the Department of Justice Judge Sammartino reversed the restraining order and heavily armed ATF agents raided the company in full tactical gear. Most of the raid was caught on video and ATF confiscated materials (plastic receivers) and the customer list Ares Armor was trying to protect.


People, this should really piss you off. Why? This guy can say it better than I can:

Friends, even if you don’t live in San Diego (peoples republic of Kalifornia), please support Ares Armor.  If the judicial system gets this one wrong, you will probably be getting a knock on your door…

SOURCE – Guns.com

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