Are Shipping Containers Bulletproof?

The Truth About the Protective Capabilities of ISO Storage Containers

Shipping containers are a popular choice for storage, transportation, and even as makeshift shelters. These metal boxes are known for their durability and versatility, but one question that often comes up is whether they are bulletproof. So, are shipping containers bulletproof? The answer is a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no.

First, it’s important to understand that ISO shipping containers are not designed to be bulletproof. They are primarily used for shipping and storage, and as such, they are not built to withstand gunfire. Most shipping containers are made from relatively thin sheets of steel that are not necessarily resistant to bullets, and another thing to consider is that a shot from .22 will have a very different impact on a container than a .50 calibre round. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to unload any bullets at our fleet of shipping containers to test this out, but a YouTube channel called Civil Advantage carried out the experiment and their findings were fascinating.

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How Can I Make a Shipping Container More Resistant to Gunfire?

It is possible to make shipping containers more resistant to bullets through a process called “hardening.” This involves adding additional layers of metal or ballistic materials to the walls of the container. Steel plate is a common choice for hardening shipping containers, as it can absorb the energy of a bullet and reduce the likelihood of penetration. Other options include using ballistic materials like Kevlar or ceramic plates, which are often used in body armor and other protective gear.

It’s worth noting that even hardened shipping containers are not completely bulletproof. They may be more resistant to bullets, but they can still be damaged or penetrated by high-powered rounds or sustained gunfire. Hardened shipping containers are best suited for use in situations where the risk of gunfire is relatively low, such as for storage or as temporary shelters.

So, to answer the question “are shipping containers bulletproof?” the answer is no, not inherently. However, it is possible to make them more resistant to bullets using hardening techniques. It’s important to consider the specific security needs of your application and choose the appropriate level of protection. In most cases, standard shipping containers will suffice, but in situations where the risk of gunfire is higher, it may be necessary to invest in hardened containers or alternative protective measures.

If you are interested in buying or leasing some of our ISO shipping containers, contact us for a quote at (please refrain from shooting bullets at our containers, particularly if it is on rent!)

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