So, while you might be inclined to call that test failed, the fact that the round stopped means that quite the opposite is true. This was a successful test. VestGuard UK makes it perfectly clear that this insert isn't intended to save your tablet from damage. Here's the exact disclaimer on the website: "This solution is designed to protect you, and not your iPad, the tablet will most likely be seriously damaged in the ballistic event." Indeed it was -- though some might call "seriously damaged" a bit of an understatement.
To test the multi-shot support, we lined up George with a single round in his .357 revolver, which he expertly placed just a few inches away from the first hit. That was by design, as we didn't want both rounds to hit in exactly the same spot. This time the iPad definitely reacted to the greatly increased force of the larger round, getting knocked back and falling to the ground. We picked it up and the remains inside weren't pretty.
On the back, the inset Apple logo had gone, punched out and nowhere to be found, seemingly obliterated by the angry force of both rounds.
The glass, shattered before, was now more or less completely separated from the tablet body. The chassis itself was so deformed we had to cut through the faux-leather of the case to get it out. On the back, the inset Apple logo had gone, punched out and nowhere to be found, seemingly obliterated by the angry force of both rounds. The aluminum badly pushed in, looking all the world like something had been shot clean through.
But, crucially, it hadn't been. Again the Ballistic iPad Panel did its job, stopping and holding the round. In fact, with only a little probing into the panel we were able to find both bullets, each one largely intact. The panel itself was in remarkably good shape, now distinctly concave but looking perfectly ready to stop a few more rounds.
So, one iPad destroyed, but two passed tests. VestGuard UK's Ballistic iPad Case succeeded in stopping both types of rounds it's rated for, and thus it gets our stamp of approval. Of course, should you find yourself on the wrong end of a handgun pointed in anger, you'd probably prefer to have a full vest on your person, something capable of providing a little more reliable protection.
But, imagine a situation where you're confronted by someone in close quarters with a handgun. If things get heated, and you have some warning, you could put this between the pointy part of said handgun and the fleshy parts of your body. It's a bit of a tall order, but if you're in such situations and body armor simply won't do, we'd take this over nothing. It's certainly better than taking your chances with an iPod.
[Special thanks to George Walczak and Dave Deahl for arranging the testing]