Here's how many iPhones it takes to stop an AK-74 round

By Shawn Knight ยท 24 replies
Jul 6, 2015
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  1. We’ve seen what a .50 caliber bullet can do to an iPhone 6 Plus but have you ever wondered just how many iPhones it’d take to stop a bullet? If you answered “yes” to that question (or you simply despite all things Apple), this video from YouTube user EverythingApplePro should be quite satisfying.

    The host lined seven iPhones of varying models (three of Apple’s large-screen iPhone 6 Plus, an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 “clone” and a couple of smaller iPhones (perhaps 5 / 5s models?)) along with a Samsung Galaxy S6 bringing up the rear.

    He then proceeds to fire off a Russian AK-74 at close proximity to see just how many handsets the bullet can penetrate. For those curious, the bullet in question can travel a distance of 2,900 feet per second.

    Unfortunately, our shooter didn’t have access to a high-end slow-motion camera but the results are still quite impressive (and we now know how many iPhones you’d need in your pocket to save your life).

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  2. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 700   +377

    Physics fail on many levels. Design of experiments fail as well.

    That aside, there is some redeeming entertainment value.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,185   +1,864

    Hmmmmm ..... I'll skip the Iphone and just carry around my .50 cal Desert Eagle ... so far it's stopped everyone and thing that has tried to cause me harm AND I and my own cell phone to summon the authority .... viola!
    cmbjive, Auth3ntic0 and p51d007 like this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,601   +1,888

    Since every next iPhone is thinner than the previous one, I would expect it takes 6 iPhone-s 6 to stop a bullet.
  5. Apple should consider to put some kevlar layers inside or replace the backplate with thin opaque armor
  6. I belive its AK 47 not 74
  7. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Addict Posts: 164   +50

    Another "Because I Can!" experiment. Pffff.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,601   +1,888

  9. I was a little concerned that he was going to destroy a perfectly good can of Redbull. Fortunately he moved it before testing the iPhones.
    Randomthom and kuroiei like this.
  10. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    What exactly is an "AK-74 round"? I've never seen this size printed on an ammo box.
  11. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 981   +422

    They use 5.45x39mm rounds.
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    I know. I was being sarcastic.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,407   +3,417

    The day I have to worry about an AK-74 is the day we likely couldn't use any phone.
  14. Soupmanson

    Soupmanson TS Rookie

    5.45X39 is the caliber. Standard (Current) issue round for those rifles is called "7n6".

    Article is poorly written concerning identity of specific ammunition used, specific rifle (AK-74 is very generic, it's like calling all trucks a Ford F-150) ..was it surplus or current commercially available ammunition ?... how far was target from rifle, and a few other factors. Regardless, results would be the same in the end. This is what happens when a tech site tries to chat about big boy toys.
    davislane1 likes this.
  15. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Enthusiast Posts: 93   +31

    Imagine an armor of 6 layers of iPhones. Also, loved the over-the-top ending. :p
  16. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,952   +1,286

    Guess it would have been to much work to actually tell us how many bullets it took in the article?
  17. iSheep: "Blasphemy!"
    Fandroid: "Best thing to do with an iPhone!"
    Microsoftie: "Just 1 WP-phone stops any bullet, because we all know Windows slows down everything!"
    BlackBerryFan: "Don't ask me, I don't exist anymore."
  18. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,268   +768

    You said it, this is a tech site. Do you really think that this article is so serious that it will provide all this pointless information just to please some gun lover on a tech forum? Video is made just for fun, they are not trying to launch a spaceship into the orbit, so all this information is unnecessary. Even if it was there I doubt you would understand any of it.
  19. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    Stating the physical dimensions of the round in is not pointless information, as most people on tech forums (at least this one) are reasonably skilled at math, which provides a hell of a lot of context for the video. What is written above is the equivalent of posting "a card that can run games on high settings" to a non-tech form.
  20. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    Is it just me or does that guy needs some practice at the shooting range?
  21. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,268   +768

    I didn't mean that it's pointless to have that info, it's not, but in a case like this I bet most don't care about all the possible information.
  22. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,185   +1,864

    The AK=74 uses the standard NATO 5.56 round, came after the AK-47 and is still in use today, BUT if you watched the video, the ammo displayed was 7.62. Frankly, at the close range used either round has maximum penetration power and I personally would recommend not volunteering to stand in front of either (been there, done that, and have the detachable leg to prove it!)
  23. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,269

    You do get both models. The AK 47 was released in 1947 and the AK 74 was released in '74. Clever naming convention eh? Designed to confuse people like you.
    jtveg likes this.
  24. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 422   +197

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  25. jtveg

    jtveg TS Rookie Posts: 23   +12

    Now that's exactly the correct use of an Apple product. They can be used as doorstops too once you fold them into a wedge shape. I hear they fold easy.
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