Material Experiment #2: Kevlar Air Bags

DISCLAIMER: This is an art project, I am not making any claims that these instructions will prevent you from being harmed by guns. Consider this website for information purposes only and use at your own risk. I am not responsible for the outcomes of you following these instructions. 

As is described on numerous right wing, racist and survivalist forums, one can find Kevlar at an auto junkyard, and when layered 15 layers deep, Kevlar should be bulletproof against smaller caliber weapons like pistols, yet we have been unable to reproduce this yet in our testing. To test this, I went to the “Pick a Part” in south Los Angeles.


Entrance to the lot costs $2 and you have to sign a waiver in case of injury and bring your own tools for extraction. Walking around, you can see through the windsheilds which cars have their airbags deployed. Trying to extract an undeployed airbag can be very dangerous, so go to the already deployed ones.

I extracted around 6 airbags, using a utility knife to cut them free. It’s best to bring gloves, like gardening gloves, as there may be broken glass from the windshield. But many airbags are actually made from nylon, not Kevlar. I found in this Jaguar what I believe to be Kevlar, and I’ll be testing that with firearms this weekend.

Additionally, some Hondas have hard Kevlar plates that hold the airbags in place, but I didn’t see any of those. I plan to return and continue searching for some. But I did extract this airbag which seems to be made of Kevlar.

When you leave, you pay the cashier per piece. He was very confused about what to charge me for these, and I paid $3 per airbag. We were unable to verify these airbags as being bulletproof. See our post about our first round of testing results.

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