Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist

Odd dreams

So just before I woke up this morning, I somehow walked into the middle of some kind of sports team initiation ritual. A bunch of guys walking along a dock, one of them behaving in a really obnoxious puppy-dog fashion. There was a comment about him "finally getting his vest". There were bulletproof vests being handed out. Apparently, this ritual involved everybody putting on vests, standing at the edge of the dock, and taking a shotgun round to the chest, knocking them into the water. I didn't hang around long enough to see that. But I was there long enough to recognize the obnoxious guy and his brother as two characters (Ziggy and Nick Sobotka) on HBO's The Wire.

I think I understand where my subconscious picked these ingredients from. The Wire's third season premieres this Sunday. And we had a discussion during last weekend's defensive pistol class (I'm working on that writeup separately) on the value of body armor. They are effective against buckshot. On the other hand, they will stop a 12-gauge slug--it won't penetrate a vest--but the slug has so much energy that it deforms the vest inward, and will transfer enough energy to the wearer's body as to pulverize the organs behind the point of impact. One of the instructors had seen this, and said you could put your fist inside the impact distortion the slug left in the vest.

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