From its appearance and the sounds it generates the Jaffa's armour seems to be made largely of a metallic chain-mail-like armour. However we regularly see the Jaffa armour shrug off bullets, suggesting it is something much stronger than the chain-mail we have here on Earth.

Horus Jaffa

Is this ever addressed in canon as to what it is made of?

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    Shrug off bullets? All those dead Jaffa full of lead seems to negate that
    – user16696
    Jun 1, 2015 at 16:15
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    Cakes? Jaffa cake- You know waht, ignore me.
    – Mikasa
    Jun 1, 2015 at 21:02
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    cde, in the opening scenes Children of the Gods despite the barrage of bullets, Apophis, Teal'c and two other Jaffa leave unharmed. And Teal'c turns his back to protect Carol Weterings, and the bullets just bounce off his back.
    – Moogle
    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:07
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    @moogle - I don't feel like my answer truly deserved the bounty here since its lacking a canon source. If a better answer is posted, I'll offer a bounty of 100 rep.
    – Valorum
    Jun 10, 2015 at 12:48
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    @Moogle it stands to reason the SG teams started using armor-piercing rounds as standard after the original encounter with Jaffa where standard rounds were ineffective.
    – Chad Levy
    Jun 28, 2015 at 7:28

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Within the show scripts, I can't find any references to the armor other than that it's "metal". That's it for the EU Novels too.

Out of universe, the metal plates of the Jaffa armour were made from a polymerised rubber, sprayed silver to look like metal. The chain mail was real though, made from plated steel rings.

  • I always thought they looked like rubber/foam. Do you have any canon examples that specifically mention that it is metal? I can't find any.
    – Moogle
    Jun 3, 2015 at 9:30
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    @moogle - There's some passing references in the scripts to "clanking" and the books say something about the Jaffa "in their metal armour" but beyond that, basically nothing.
    – Valorum
    Jun 3, 2015 at 11:25

Metal superior to that of what we are able to make on Earth, likely because Goa'uld know more about metals than Tau'ri have developed, but still susceptible to armor piercing rounds. Likely still cheaply made by their standards and easily mass produced. This is why the weapons fire in early episodes just had no effect. FMJ is just deflected.

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    Do you have any evidence it is indeed metal that you could edit in? Bullets can deflect off of more than just metal.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jun 18, 2020 at 16:22

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