A while back I fisked Sen. Ted "The Swimmer" Kennedy's Senate testimony on "armor piercing" ammunition. During his oration on the evils of such ammunition, he let loose with this unforgettable utterance:
Another rifle caliber, the 30.30 caliber, was responsible for penetrating three officers' armor and killing them in 1993, 1996, and 2002. This ammunition is also capable of puncturing light-armored vehicles, ballistic or armored glass, armored limousines, even a 600-pound safe with 600 pounds of safe armor plating.Er, what??
I've always wondered where that particular non sequitur came from. Now I think I know. Watch this YouTube video (the sound goes out of time with the image towards the end) Pay particular attention starting about 6:45. That's when they shoot a "600 pound safe."
Suffice it to say, they weren't using a .30-30, and the ammunition they were using wasn't manufactured by Hi-Vel. Nor can your average civilian purchase Mk 211 Mod 0 .50 BMG rounds.
Not that that made any difference to (hic!) Teddy.
Or the VPC for that matter.