There have been many apocryphal stories of lighters stopping bullets dead in their tracks. Few, if any, of these stories have been properly confirmed, yet reports of a lighter’s miraculous bullet-stopping abilities can be found as early as the Vietnam War, and perhaps beyond. In 2010, a local Seattle news station reported that a Zippo lighter saved the life of a man who was shot during a burglary.
While wearing a lighter for this kind of protection is hardly ideal, can a common lighter stop a bullet cold?
YouTube’s Taofledermaus decided to put the urban legend to the test with a .22 rifle.