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Are BMW windows bulletproof?

front side view of a Bulletproof BMW 750i

No – standard windows from the OEM manufacturer are typically not bulletproof. If you want bulletproof windows you will need to reach out to Armormax or order an upgraded version from BWM. The windows on your BMW or any vehicle can be upgraded with our ballistic glass.

front side view of a Bulletproof BMW 750i


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OEM Glass

No, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) glass in most vehicles is not bulletproof. It is designed primarily for visibility, weather resistance, and structural integrity in the event of a collision. While it might offer some level of protection against minor impacts like small stones or debris, it can be easily shattered by even low-caliber bullets.

Here’s a breakdown of why OEM glass isn’t bulletproof:

  • Material: Standard OEM glass typically consists of tempered glass, which is a type of safety glass that undergoes a heat treatment process. This process makes the glass stronger and shatter into smaller, blunt pieces upon breakage, improving safety in case of an accident. However, it does not provide any significant bullet-resistant properties.
  • Thickness: Standard car windows are relatively thin, typically ranging from 4 to 5 millimeters (0.16 to 0.20 inches). This thickness is insufficient to stop bullets, even from low-powered handguns.
  • Lamination: Standard car windows are not laminated. Lamination involves adding a layer of plastic between two glass panes, significantly increasing the overall thickness and strength of the glass. Laminated glass offers more resistance to penetration, including bullets, depending on the thickness and type of plastic used.

If you require ballistic protection for your vehicle, you need to consider upgrading to bulletproof glass. This typically involves replacing the standard OEM glass with laminated glass specifically designed to withstand bullets. The level of protection offered by this type of glass varies depending on the number of layers, the thickness and type of plastic used, and the overall thickness of the glass.

It is important to note that:

  • Bulletproof glass is significantly heavier and more expensive than standard OEM glass.
  • Installing bulletproof glass requires specialized expertise to ensure proper fit and functionality.
  • Even bulletproof glass may not be completely impenetrable, and the level of protection offered varies depending on the type and caliber of the bullet.

If you’re considering bulletproof glass for your vehicle, it’s crucial to consult with a reputable armoring company to discuss your specific needs and safety requirements. They can help you choose the appropriate level of protection and ensure the installation is done correctly.

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