Everyone knows that guns are great for protecting yourself.
But most people forget that all adversarial contests involve both offense and defense. If you've got a gun – but the bad guy gets off the first shot with his gun – you might still get killed.
Moreover, while you might be a quicker draw and better shot than a single bad guy breaking into your house, you might get ambushed by terrorists, gang bangers or other bad guys … and got shot before you even have the time to draw, point and shoot.
That's why military and law enforcement officers wear body armor. If you're playing to win, you need defense as well as offense.
But civilians – especially those of us who work in financial services, legal, accounting or other professional settings – can't walk around in bulky Kevlar vests.
But that doesn't mean that we have to be defenseless …
A new company called Bullet Blocker (a subdivision of MJ Safety Solutions) tailors a new generation of Kevlar into everyday clothing. For example, t-shirts:
(The t-shirt, called the Gabriel, is used by some undercover police officers. And Bullet Blocker's VP told us that American Secret Service agents have purchased the Gabriel.)
Police magazine notes:
[The Gabriel is] essentially a performance T-shirt with NIJ-certified IIIA ballistic panels added to it.
As an added bonus, this design also gives the Gabriel a very low profile, making it ideal for undercover applications.
I wore my Gabriel for a few days under my normal work T-shirt and it was almost invisible. Bullet Blocker's claims of heat dissipation and a more secure fit both rang true and I can certainly appreciate the benefits of the Gabriel design in any law enforcement setting.
Every single clothing garment made by Bullet Blocker meets NIJ IIIA standards that will stop a 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 9mm, .45, hollow point ammunition and more.
Threat level IIIA is the highest level of protection available in soft body armor, and provides the same anti-ballistic protective coverage area as traditional law enforcement body armor vests.
And all of Bullet Blocker's clothing can be washed, as the Kevlar panels are removable.
It's made of anti-bacterial, breathable material. So it doesn't get funky right away like heavier materials do.
What's even better, Bullet Blocker's experienced tailors can satisfy your special requirements. For example, they were requested to make a bulletproof lab coat:
So they could certainly make you a bulletproof button down shirt, or anything else you might want.
Bespoke and bulletproof!
We tested the Gabriel for comfort. While it's technically called a "compression vest", it's as comfortable as my normal well-made polo shirts made out of thick cotton.
I hit the gym wearing the Gabriel and worked out like a maniac. The Gabriel was amazingly cool and breathable for a bulletproof vest.
Bullet Blocker also makes a line of bulletproof briefcases, bags and backpacks.
So now even civilians working can protect ourselves while in professional or casual settings, and help shield ourselves from ambush by terrorists or thugs.
And Bullet Blocker can help protect your kids against school shooters:
I haven’t received a cent for writing this review. Bullet Blocker simply provided me a test sample of the Gabriel.