Will a Zippo lighter stop a bullet? (VIDEO)

Taking a page out of .22 Plinkster’s book, Taofledermaus tests the urban legend of a Zippo lighter stopping a bullet, saving a soldier’s life during the Vietnam War.

Of course, under the right, totally-ideal circumstances, your skin would be enough to stop a bullet, especially if it was no longer balistically stable, had ricocheted or got slowed down punching through foliage. I don’t think anyone doubts that.

And on a long enough timeline, probably more than one soldier’s thanked his Zippo for catching a round or some shrapnel or whathaveyou.

So Tao splits the difference and uses a .22 LR rifle. Seems legit.

Just one more reason to carry fire on you at all times.