Obscure Object of Desire: Bullet Proof Polo Shirt

“For the man who lives dangerously — but still wants to look devil-may-care — Colombian designer Miguel Caballero offers a polo shirt with a little something extra up its sleeve: It’s bulletproof.” Note that Tania Karas’ smartmoney.com piece on the Caballero short-sleeve, shoot-proof, four pound shirt is listed under the SPEND tab on their website. That probably has something to do with its $4,000 price tag. But if you’re the kinda guy to drop five grand on a beauty like a Wilson Combat Tactical Supergrade for your outbound fire, wouldn’t plunking down $4k to stop incoming make sense?   [h/t Bruce Krafft]

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  1. avatar ST says:

    Good news:you can walk down a street in Chicago at 2am in style and relative security.

    Bad news:You’ll have to explain to the boss why you wear the same shirt to the office all the time.

  2. avatar Mark says:

    Could be more comfortable and less bulky than a vest under a regular shirt for those who can afford to direct their personal assistant to get them some.

    1. avatar matt says:

      Would you really want to trust your life to 3rd world body armor?

      1. avatar twency says:

        It’s supposedly NIJ rated.

        1. avatar matt says:

          I serously doubt that, according to
          http://www.miguelcaballerousa.com/index.php/mc-bulletproof-clothing-protection.html
          “The following table illustrates the levels of protection covered by Miguel Caballero USA bulletproof clothing as outlined by the National Institute of Justice. Miguel Caballero USA requests that all clients assess their level of threat and choose the appropriate level of protection available for each one of our products. ”
          The table includes Level 4, is this guy seriously stating he can make a Level 4 shirt?

        2. avatar matt says:

          If you look at his actual products, the protections levels offered are Low, Medium and High. It never says what NIJ level this might correlate to if any.

        3. avatar matt says:

          His warranty page say “• Ammunition impact that is NOT NATO: The warranty does not apply to ammunition that exceeds 1430 feet/second. The warranty does not apply to military and armor piercing ammunition made of steel. Designs only protect against NATO ammunition made only of lead or copper with a maximum velocity of 1430 feet/second.”
          So it is definitely not rated for 3A, let alone 3 or 4. And I didnt know NATO standardized 44 mag, and the present 3A is supposed to stop 357 SIG at 1470 FPS according to wikipedia.

  3. avatar matt says:

    From the article “In fact, most of its employees have been shot at while wearing the garments — it’s part of the orientation process. Don’t worry. A spokesperson assures us there have been no work-related casualties.”

    Sounds like bullshit to me, part of the orientation process is receiving several broken ribs?

    1. avatar twency says:

      It doesn’t say what they were shot with.

      1. avatar twency says:

        Richard Davis, the founder of Second Chance, used to publicly shoot himself in the vest regularly to demonstrate his trust in his product.

        1. avatar matt says:

          two key words, “used to”

  4. avatar twency says:

    There are several statements in the article which betray a significant lack of understanding of firearms. E.g. “a version designed to withstand an Uzi costs a bit more than the one made to fend off a 9mm”. Since the Uzi is chambered (in some cases) in 9mm, this is a meaningless statement.

    Likewise “but not heavy-duty guns like rifles or AK-47s”. The AK-47 is a rifle, so this is again a false dichotomy.

    1. avatar matt says:

      It actually is a meaningful statment, a Uzi has a longer barrel which means greater velocity. I’m too lazy to look up DOJ armor levels, but one level is rated for 9mm from a handgun, and the next level up is 9mm from a SMG.

      1. avatar matt says:

        Now that I think of it, i’m pretty sure 2A is handgun, 2 is SMG.

      2. avatar twency says:

        But it doesn’t say “a version designed to withstand an Uzi costs a bit more than the one made to fend off a 9mm pistol”. It just says “fend off a 9mm”. An Uzi is, or can be, a 9mm. So the statement is meaningless.

  5. avatar gemalo says:

    Do they make it in a hoodie, so we don’t have to hear the Revrums squawk anymore?

    1. avatar matt says:

      http://gizmodo.com/375006/defender-hoodie-look-good-avoid-bullets

      Unfortunately the product page link is broken, and it appears to be discontinued on the vendors site, maybe it wasnt that bulletproof.

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    How about bulletproof briefs? I’d spend four grand to protect little Ralph.

    1. avatar Bruce W. Krafft says:

      Don’t you mean Big Ralph?

  7. avatar APBTFan says:

    Stopping a bullet is great but something that thin would seem to leave you wide open to serious blunt force injuries.

  8. avatar Jill says:

    This design is steller! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job.

    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.

    Too cool!

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