It's a dangerous world out there, but who can plan to wear a helmet everyplace they go? Now, you don't have to sacrifice fashion for security thanks to a new kickstarter endeavor, the Bulletsafe bulletproof cap.
|Unfortunately they are not yet available in Stetson style.|
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Bearing a 7-oz. hard ballistic panel that sits in the front of the cap to protect the wearer's forehead and frontal lobes, the caps appear to sit as normally as your favorite baseball teams' would. The caps are not only a fraction of the weight but also a fraction of the cost of a full SWAT helmet, which would be around $400, compared to the Bulletsafe's $129.
|A Bulletsafe cap with its internal armor removed. 33% head coverage might not sound like a lot, but it's better than 0% when it comes to your brain.|
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Offering "Protection Without Intimidation" is another major feature, alleviating the need for police or other security personnel to be overtly armored. This aids not only in covert operations but also for keeping relative overall peace thanks to the appearance of a non aggressively-militarized force. Maybe, just maybe, having officers look a little less threatening might make everyone act in a similar fashion. Riot helmets, consciously or not, presuppose riots.
|Despite the obviously bad idea, you probably want to fight this guy more than some random dude in a ballcap.|
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Interested parties can aid the Bulletsafe's development by pledging various amounts, including a special startup price of $99 per cap. If you have absolutely no need for such gear but appreciate the idea, for $50 one can aid in the donation of a cap to a Detroit-area police officer. Your name will be written inside so that the recipient can appreciate their "guardian angel."
|"Aww gee thanks, CopsSuck420!"|
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The product has successfully completed prototype testing and is aiming for NIJ Level IIA security ratings for the headwear. This means the hat is capable of stopping .40, 9mm, and .38 caliber rounds, which is a considerable achievement for what by all appearances is a lightweight, normal baseball cap.
Can the appearance of peace help the people and police? Let's hope 2015 doesn't have to find out the hard way. But, like firearms themselves, a little discreet security can go a long way when it counts.
Check out Bulletsafe's kickstarter for more information!
|For an additional donation, you can get one embroidered for your specific job, such as "POLICE", or if you're really daring, a Boston Red Sox logo for your trip to Yankee Stadium.|
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