Bullet dents – "Proof marks" or battle damage

Williams, Alan, Edge, David, Atkins, Tony
2006 Gladius  
It is well known that the breastplates of many armours from the later 16th century and the 17th century bear the hemispherical dents generally known as proof marks. It has been taken as axiomatic that these marks were made in order to demonstrate the armours' effectiveness against firearms. If however some of these dents are compared with dents which are the result of battle damage, it appears that they were made by energy levels of a different order of magnitude, and offer little guarantee as
more » ... o the "proof" of the armour.Como es bien sabido, muchos petos de armaduras de finales del siglo XVI y del XVII tienen abolladuras semiesféricas conocidas como pruebas de arcabuz. Se ha considerado axiomático que estas abolladuras fueron hechas para demostrar la efectividad de las armaduras frente a las armas de fuego. Sin embargo, si se comparan con otras debidas a daños en combate, parece que fueron producidas por energías de diferente orden o magnitud, al tiempo que ofrecen pocas garantías como "pruebas" de las armaduras.
doi:10.3989/gladius.2006.8 doaj:60d493a4e86e4fa89045b7b7fadb7967 fatcat:a3n7qq267jbe7jn5qua3l2vrua