Via an email from Jacob at Widener’s Reloading & Shooting Supply.
There’s a brutal difference between fact and fiction. The things we see in the entertainment industry may look cool on screen but have no basis in reality. For example, in Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Richard Hannay’s (Robert Donat) life is saved when a hymnal in his pocket stops an assassin’s bullet. This popular trope has been used and reused many times over the years with a variety of objects all conveniently being able to stop a bullet.
Unfortunately, in the real world, we’ve all seen reports of shootings occurring in public locations. Many of which have been designated as “gun-free zones.” Fortunately for some, nearby objects and personal effects have prevented bullets from impacting their intended target. One of the personal items commonly reported on in these situations is the cell phone.
Will a cell phone stop a bullet? The team here at Widener’s decided to test this myth, take a look at what we discovered below.
Short answer, “No. You are still going to get hurt or killed after the bullet, even .22 LR goes through your cell phone.”
It was, as always, fun to see the video of bullets blasting through stuff.