Video: A Bulletproof Baseball Cap!

   12.22.14

Video: A Bulletproof Baseball Cap!

Now this is impressive: a good old-fashioned baseball cap that can stop a bullet. It’s the latest from BulletSafe, a body armor company that touts itself as providing “Great bulletproof vests for an unbeatable price.”

BulletSafe president Tom Nardone found himself being asked at a January 2014 trade show whether he made ballistic helmets. According to Tom: “I thought ‘Yuck! I don’t want to make those, they look ridiculous in a civilian environment.’ But ignoring a number of customers is always a bad idea. I decided to develop something different.”

By September, he had worked out a shape and completed a patent search. By November, he had made a shootable prototype. He was excited to be president of the first company to offer this kind of “ballistic protection with a friendly, professional appearance.”

But later that month, he got a letdown. Tooling for the new project would cost $19,000, which is more than his small company could handle.

Encouraged by his wife, he decided to try Kickstarter to fund the project. There, you can donate from $1 to $280 to help make the bulletproof cap a real product.

Although the tooling estimate is $19,000, the Kickstarter goal was set at just $3,500. “It is a small amount compared to the tooling cost, but it is a Kickstart for the project. $3,500 is enough to get us to put the weight of our company behind it. It is the minimum amount we need to promise with 100% certainty that we will deliver your merchandise,” explained Nardone.

At press time, the goal had already been exceeded by almost $500.

  • For $1, you get thanks.
  • For $15, you get a “really nice” cap that’s not bulletproof.
  • For $50 you will pay for 1/2 the cost of donating one to a Detroit area lawman.
  • For $99 you can be among the first to own a bulletproof cap, which is projected to ship in late 2015.
  • For $149 you can get it in any color you wish, and custom-embroidered.
  • For $280 you get 4 caps of varying sizes and an in-store display.

Although the bulletproof material is only in the front portion of the cap, it should certainly offer a lot more protection than a regular cap.

Company president Tom Nardone demonstrates the prototype in the short video below.

Not a bad way to protect your gourd. With these caps on the market, it will only be a matter of time before someone else comes out with a bulletproof hat, as well. And in case you’re wondering, a hat has a brim all the way around; caps do not. Although, like this one, they may have visor(s).

UPDATE – I’ve confirmed that this is a real product – look here for more info.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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