End of an Era: Knights in Shining Armor

Armor suit with bullet hole
Armor suit with bullet hole

This suit of armor at Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester MA pretty much sums up why armor suits went out of style in a hurry. Click the pic for a bigger view.

That hole is much bigger than your (well, my) thumb and the dent above it isn’t much smaller. I don’t know if the gun fired two slugs (balls?) at once, but, given the accuracy of gunfire in that era, achieving two hits so close together seems unlikely.

A gut shot was inevitably fatal: peritonitis was not your friend.

Makes you appreciate the armor our guys wear a whole lot more…