iPod takes a bullet, saves soldier’s life

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Baghdad (Iraq) - According to a picture posted on Flickr, one lucky U.S. Army soldier was saved by his iPod after the music player took a bullet from an AK-47.  Kevin Garrad with the 3rd Infantry Division was patrolling the streets of Iraq when he rounded a corner and went face to face with a gun-toting insurance.  Gun fire was exchanged and Garrad was hit in the chest.  The insurgent was killed.

At point blank range an AK-47 round is devastating and has a decent chance of passing through the Interceptor body armor vests used by Army soldiers, but the ipod apparently slowed the bullet enough to be stopped completely by Garrad’s vest.  From the picture, it appears that the ipod was hit in the upper-right front corner and the bullet exited out the back.

Soldiers often take iPods, MP3 players, portable gaming consoles and other electronic devices to reduce the boredom that often comes from being stationed overseas.

You can see the amazing picture of the destroyed ipod in this Flickr image .