We all know Captain America’s legendary shield is made of a vibranium alloy, a fictional metal even stronger than adamantium. The only problem is vibranium is fiction. It’s not real. But what if there was another option? What if there was a bulletproof shield made of real metals? How well would it protect against bullets? And how effective would it be as a throwing weapon?
Ballistics expert Jerry Miculek decided to look into just that. Miculek loves Captain America for being noble and humble, so he decided to don the superhero’s costume and test the effectiveness of a 12-pound, solid titanium shield. So how does it fare against a .45 caliber handgun? Take a look:
Miculek didn’t stop at merely testing the shield’s effectiveness versus bullets. In this next video, he tested the shield as a throwing weapon to see what kind of damage a man of average strength could do against a ballistic dummy. Short answer: It’s going to hurt. Long answer:
Dang, Miculek! You have some pretty good aim with a throwing shield. The impact does a stunning amount of damage in the hands of an average human male, so imagine what it’s like for the bad guys who get slammed by Captain America. You know what? After watching that video, I’m not really sure that I want to imagine it.
These videos are quite impressive, but Geek & Sundry would like to remind you that guns are extremely dangerous and should only be used with proper safety precautions. Now if you’re curious as to how well Cap’s shield would hold up against a lightsaber, hit up our friends at Nerdist for an answer to that.
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