Modern Body Armor Was Created By a Pizza Delivery Guy


Necessity is the mother of invention. If a certain need exists and the thing that satisfies such a need does not, then some endeavoring soul is bound to create it. Richard Davis embodied this mentality when he took some Kevlar and fashioned it into a lightweight vest — and his revolutionary design changed war fighting forever. You might be wondering why a pizza guy from Detroit, would need such a thing. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Davis opened a pizzeria, and one night a delivery took him through a back alley, where he was held up at gunpoint. A few weeks later, the same robbers tried the same stunt, but Davis was ready with his .22 revolver. Davis took one round to the leg and another grazed his temple. He managed to get off four shots, wounding three of the four attackers. While he was recovering, his pizzeria was burned to the ground. That’s when he decided to create a body armor, and the rest is history.