Product review: Testing bullet-resistant doors with machine guns (w/Video, Photo Gallery)

The Gun Writer team was asked to test a series of bullet-resistant doors, which are made by Assa Abloy, and sold locally through Hollow Metal Specialists, of Sarasota.

David Beckham, the sales manager for Hollow Metal Specialists and Jason Lisewski, an engineer and business

Inspecting the panel. Staff photo / Mike Lang

Inspecting the panel. Staff photo / Mike Lang

development manager for Assa Ablow, provided a standard solid wood door, two standard metal doors, 20-gage and 18-gage steel, a 16-gage “Hurricane” door and two bullet-resistant door panels, the BR1-3 and the BR4-8.

The BR1-3 door is rated to stop all handgun rounds, up to and including .44 Magnum.

The BR4-8 is rated to stop up to five .30-caliber rifle rounds fired in the same spot.

Felex Yukhtman, owner of GunPoint in Bradenton, provided an incredible arsenal to test the doors.

Phil Pifer, operations manager for SNN-TV filmed the entire process.

The testing was conducted at Take Aim Gun Range in Sarasota. All weapons were fired from a distance of approximately 50 feet.

Click here to see a Photo Gallery from the testing by Mike Lang, the Herald-Tribune’s director of photography.

The Testing — standard doors

The wood door, our control, offered little in the way of bullet resistance. All 9mm NATO rounds Felex fired from an

Felex and his Mp5-SD. Staff photo / Mike Lang

Felex and his Mp5-SD. Staff photo / Mike Lang

HK Mp5SD easily penetrated.

The same was true for the 20-gage and 18-gage non-ballistic steel doors. Both were easily penetrated by the 9mm rounds.

The 16-gage “Hurricane” door, a common feature in Florida, was a surprise. It’s not ballistic rated, but it stopped a burst of 9mm rounds. To be clear, the bullets penetrated the first steel panel, but were stopped by the rear steel panel and did not exit.

Bullet-resistant doors

We shot the BR1-3 with 9mm from the Mp5SD, .45 ACP from a Kriss Vector, a FN 5.7mm, and a .44 Magnum.

Lee shot the BR1-3 with an AK-74SU in 5.45x39mm, using Russian surplus ammo. Staff photo / Mike Lang

Lee shot the BR1-3 with an AK-74SU in 5.45x39mm, using Russian surplus ammo. Staff photo / Mike Lang

The door panel, as advertised and as it’s rated, stopped every handgun round.

Of course we upped the ante a bit, with a 5.56mm AR and an AK-74SU in 5.45x39mm.

All of these rifle rounds penetrated the door, but to be clear, it’s not rated to stop rifle rounds.

We then shot the BR4-8, which is rated to stop rifle caliber rounds, up to and including five .30-caliber rounds fired in the same spot.

We shot the door panel with the Mp5SD, a Cobalt Kinetics AR in 5.56mm including “Green Tip,” a SCAR “Heavy” with a SilencerCo suppressor in 7.62 NATO, a PKM in 7.62x54mmR and five rounds from an M-1 Garand in 30-06.

The BR4-8 door panel stopped everything. Most rounds penetrated the front steel panel, but not exited the rear

Dave Kreiseder of Young Guns and Safety shooting the .44 Magnum. Staff photo / Mike Lang

Dave Kreiseder of Young Guns and Safety shooting the .44 Magnum. Staff photo / Mike Lang

steel.

Assa Abloy and their local vendor Hollow Metal Specialists, market these bullet-resistant doors to banks, currency exchanges, schools, police departments, safe rooms and more.

They work exactly as advertised.

Though they’re not cheap, they’re certainly worth the money if, God forbid, they’re bullet resistance is ever tested.

The Gun Writer Team — the entire team — can wholeheartedly endorse these fine products.

Click here to see a Photo Gallery from the testing by Mike Lang, the Herald-Tribune’s director of photography.

Talking about the testing while Phil records. Staff photo / Mike Lang

Talking about the testing while Phil records. Staff photo / Mike Lang

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

1 Comment

  1. Wow, this is cool. My husband wanted to have this kind of door at home. I think I’ll agree with him. I am now looking up bullet resistant door right now.

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