November 9th, 2010

  • rai_ryu

Can Bullets Pierce Plate Armor?

The ability of plate armor to resist bullets is a major plot point in my novel, but I never bothered to see if it was actually possible.
I did a lot of searching through google for this, but the results were inconclusive. I used the terms "can bullets pierce plate armor" "strength of medeival armor agains bullets" and I've checked up on different types of guns in relation to armor.
The setting is a fantasty story in a sort of AU Earth, around the time that settlers were populating north america.

A lot of the information I found was about modern weapons vs. plate armor. Of the articles I found on early weapons, some said that even arrows could pierce plate armor, while others said they couldn't and that even early firearms couldn't.

The type of firearms I was thinking of were something around the Ross Rifle, but if there are earlier types of firearms that would be less effective, I'm able to change. There was some information suggesting muskets would be less effective.

In order to offer a defense from early firearms, how thick would plate armor need to be? Would it be possible for bullets to ricochet off of it?
Is it at least plausible that someone could avoid gunshot wounds by wearing a suit of armor?
[dan vs] it was cute

Cigarette burn to eye

Story setting: Post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland (200+ years after the bombs fell, the year 2281), specifically the Mojave desert in Nevada. (If you're familiar with the series, this is for a Fallout: New Vegas fic.)

I'm doing research for a character who is going to have a lit cigarette pressed into his eye for a few minutes, but I'm having a hard time finding some information I need.

The character needs to be blinded (or have his vision severely limited) in that eye. The eye is going to go untreated for a few days. Basically, I need to know (1) how limited his vision will be in that eye (if he can see at all); (2) how quickly an infection might set in; (3) if the eye got infected, what affect that would have on his vision in that eye; and (4) how much pain he'll be in/what a burn like that might feel like after a few days of having gone untreated.

My google searches so far: "cigarette to eye", "ocular thermal burn", "severe thermal eye burn", "untreated thermal eye burn", "thermal eye burn enucleation", "thermal eye burn cigarette", "untreated thermal eye burn cigarette", "blinded by cigarette burn", "blinded by thermal burn", "blindness thermal burn"

Pages I've read/visited: Pathophysiology of thermal burn injury, Ophthalmological complications as a manifestation of burn injury, Burns: eye injuries, Thermal burns, Burn of eye, and Poor prognosis of severe chemical and thermal eye burns

Thanks in advance! :)