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New Use for Ipod - Body Armor

By Kevin Hill on 9 Apr 2007 02:48 pm EDT
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iraq ipod

We can’t verify the veracity of the claim, but it a good story nonetheless and we have photo evidence (which never lies, right?). We have heard the stories before involving bibles, flasks and watches but here is our very own war story, this time featuring an iPod.

According to reports showing up on the net, Kevin Garrad of the 3rd Infantry Division of the US Army was patrolling the streets of Tikrit in Iraq, when he rounded the corner of a building and came face-to-face with an armed insurgent. Both open fired on each other.

The Iraqi was killed, while Garrad was hit in the left chest by a bullet from the Iraqi’s AK 47. Apparently, his IPod was in his jacket pocket and it slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor. Garrad walked away unharmed.

Apple have already sent the solder a replacement iPod.

So, do you think that a BlackBerry might be showing up in a similar situation? What do you think could handle a 9 mil slug better? The sturdy 7290 or the new Pearl? You’re your answers on a postcard to…

5 comments

Kevin Hill

News comes in fast...Seems that the soldier in question has gone online to clarify that the iPod didn't save his life, but merely let him know that he had been shot when his iPod failed to play.
He is giving credit to the body armor.
Which is probably bad news for the two guys who read our earlier post and are trying out the iPod as body armor right now. Look for the tragic video on YouTube tommorow.

Dremel70

I doubt this as the shirt pocket is worn under the body armor not on top of it. This I know first hand. However you are correct it is an entertaining story. However I am very doubtful that an AK47 round a 7.62 mm round would be stopped by an IPod. That round can pass through masonary bricks.

Dremel70

I doubt this as the shirt pocket is worn under the body armor not on top of it. This I know first hand. However you are correct it is an entertaining story. However I am very doubtful that an AK47 round a 7.62 mm round would be stopped by an IPod. That round can pass through masonary bricks.

SmeeBig7

Oh wow, that's awesome that it helped to protect him!

Thank you, sir, for your service, and for protecting our country. :)

SmeeBig7.

Billy The Goat

If this is true, do you thing iPod is going to make a body armour that you connect a headset to? If so, I'm switching from ipod mini to that!