Bulletproof Glass vs. Bullet Resistant Glass
Do banks use bullet proof glass?
No, actually what is seen in banks and other financial institutions is typically not glass but acrylic. Acrylic is less brittle than glass which helps it disperse the force of a bullet. However, bullet resistant acrylic can have a transparency similar to glass so a typical person may not see a difference in appearance.
What happens when a bullet is shot at glass?
Ordinary glass offers little protection against bullets. An ordinary piece of glass shatters when hit with one single bullet. Glass cannot move. It doesn't’t bend or absorb the energy from a bullet. The bullet shatters the glass. The bullet moves through the glass without much loss of momentum and exits the other side of the glass.
What is bulletproof or bullet-resistant glass?
Bulletproof glass or bullet resistant glass is engineered to withstand several rounds of bullets. When a bullet hits bulletproof glass, the energy of the bullet spreads out.
How does bulletproof glass work?
The bullet’s energy is quickly absorbed and is dispersed over a large area. As the bullet’s energy is absorbed, the bullet slows down. The bullet loses so much energy that it cannot exit the bulletproof glass—or do much damage if it does completely pierce the bullet-proof glass. Think of bulletproof glass is an energy-absorbing glass.
Bullet proof glass, Bullet resistant glass, Bullet Resistant Acrylic--which is it?
The legally correct name for bulletproof glass is bullet-resistant because no glass is totally 100% bulletproof. Depending on bullet size and number of shots fired, the thickness of the bulletproof or bullet resistant glass determines the level of bullet protection. However, many people continue to use the term “bullet proof” when describing bullet resistant protection. Baltes Bulletproof Glass uses the terms bullet proof and bullet resistant interchangeably. Baltes Bulletproof Glass is referring to acrylic or glass/polycarbonate blends when stating bulletproof glass.
What determines if “bulletproof” glass or bullet resistant glass can stop a bullet?
Bullet resistant glass’ ability to stop a bullet depends on the type of bullet and the thickness of the bullet resistant glass. For example, a bullet from a handgun carries less force than a bullet shot from a rifle. Therefore, a thicker piece of bullet resistant glass would be needed to stop a rifle bullet.