Frequently asked questions and concerns about ballistic protection (and if your question isn’t here, just post it below).
Q: The only ballistic protection that works is from the military or law enforcement? – Will G.
A: We offer the same level of protection that is worn by our military and police officers. It is made by the same people, in the same factory as the ballistic protection worn by police officers and soldiers.
Q; I heard the term bulletproof was wrong – shouldn’t it be bullet or ballistic resistant? – Steve M.
A: Technically you’re correct. The term bulletproof is misleading because not all armor can stop every bullet. We know that’s not true, since different products are rated to stop certain types of rounds.
The reason we still use the term bulletproof is because that’s what the general public understands and that’s what they search for. Once they find us it’s our responsibility to educate them and let them know exactly what they’re getting.
Q: Let me see it stop a 22 long and a 22 mag. Bet it will blast right through it. – Joey B
A: No sir, it will stop those. We posted videos on our site: https://www.myselfdefensetraining.com/switchblade/
Q: I’m curious if the arms offer the same protection of if it’s just the torso. – Jeremy P
A: Just the torso – we needed to build something that you would actually wear and that would save your life. The protection in the arms is too heavy and too stiff, you would not want to wear it.
Q: It would just be easier to exercise common sense and arm the teachers. Why do we keep avoiding the obvious solution? – Todd M.
A: Well, ballistic protection is just part of the solution. Bullets fly both ways, and whatever your stance on arming the teachers or putting firearms in schools, you’re still going to need ballistic protection to increase your chance of survival. Now THAT’S the obvious solution.
Q: What level of ballistic protection do these offer? From the video, it appears to be level II – level IIA at best, which are effective only against handguns. – Bruce C
Q: Just wondering.. will it stop a 30-06 round fired from 30 feet away? –Jay H
A: Yes, the Bodyguard Switchblade equipped with the Standard Plates will…no problem.
Q: I like this, but it makes me sad the way things are. –David G
A: This is the world we live in. This violence and evil has always existed since the dawn of man, it’s now taken this form and in order to survive we must adapt.
Q: My daughter isn’t allowed to carry a backpack at high school…so arming teachers would be a better idea. –Todd E
A: Well, this is just part of the solution. Bullets fly both ways, and whatever your stance is on this – ballistic protection is an obvious solution to protect the targets. BTW, the “no backpack” policy is another example of school administrators making tactical decisions – they are not qualified and as a parent I would voice my opinion at the next school board meeting.
I would suggest as a concerned parent you demand your child be allowed to carry the backpack to class. An email, an appearance at a school board meeting, a letter to the paper and a few posts on social media should do the trick. “LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD DOESN’T ALLOW ME TO PROTECT MY CHILD”.
Q: Is there a jacket for left handers or did I miss it on the ordering page. Just a southpaw asking. Thanks and have a great day. – Bradley C
A: Yes – all jackets come with both left and right handed holsters and extra magazine holders.
Q: I have one. They take a little getting used to. Waiting for the smell to go away! –Kenneth F
A; Hi Ken, thanks for ordering, sometimes they need to be aired out.
Q: The teacher is just going to make them leave the backpack in their locker. – Angelo M
A: Sir, as a concerned parent, it’s time to voice your opinion to the teacher and the school board. School policies need to change and adapt to this new reality.
Q: Short barreled handgun, 44mag, at 30ft. Will you still bruised, and or, get cracked ribs? James A
Q: Not gonna work if the gunman can aim and is going for headshots. Plus I can just see this scenario… school shooter come in wearing one of these and armed to the teeth… then what. – Todd F
A: Todd, I have to say, I do think this comment is a little ignorant.
First, if you’re not wearing protection, well you’re dead anyway.
Second, headshots under stress against a moving target are EXTREMELY difficult – no matter how good you are at Call of Duty. The overwhelming number of gunshot wounds are to the upper body .
BTW, the shooter can wear ANY body armor and many do. What matters is what you’re wearing and if you have nothing, well there’s a greater chance you get injured or dead.
Q: What are the legal issues regarding owning and wearing body armor? –Mark L
A: You can not own it if you have been convicted of a felony and if you wear it in commission of a crime the penalties are stiffer.
Q: Will they be making them in clear? Ron P
A: Absolutely not. Ballistic protection doesn’t not come in clear.
Q: What is the life expectancy of the ballistic weave. Second Chance Body armor used defective Zylon ballistic fabric and several Officers lost their lives. What is the composition of the fabric and it’s expected life expectancy. When will it start breaking down and will no longer be “safe” to use? – Michael B
A: We have the industry maximum – 5 years.
Q: Looks like it has potential. Not sure I would buy this model. Might weight a long time to see if they come out with some different protective styles. Like something that protects the shoulder areas. maybe some parts of the upper arm? Just thinking out loud here? – Lamont S
A: We built something that you would actually wear and that would save your life. This is based on decades of building body armor. The protection in the arms is too heavy and too stiff, you would not want to wear it.
Keep in mind, the longer you don’t have it, the longer you’re not protected.
Q: I see that there is a zipper in the jacket,will the jacket stop a round if it hits on the zipper or pass through? just asking. – Cliff W
A: No, not due to our DoubleTap design. The way the protection encloses, you have DOUBLE protection on the zipper line. Which gives you DOUBLE protection on your center line.
Q: This is a awesome idea but it’s kinda pricey. How long does it last? Will it hold up to carrying books and everything else kids have to tote around with them nowadays? If a person bought one of these it would need to last longer than one school year. Y’all have a great product, I just think it should be affordable for everyone from the lawyers kid to the ones on free lunch. – Dolan P
A: This is military grade protection, similar products for the military range over $1000. The warranty on both the ballistic protection and the backpack are 5 years (that’s the industry MAXIMUM). So at $0.27 per day for a little peace of mind…it’s not so expensive.
Q: What kind of lifetime do you predict when subject to heat and sweat ? I work in the Southwest. – Earl O
A: The ballistic protection is sealed and certified for 5 years, so that’s not a problem.
Q: A bulletproof backpack that still won’t help anyone in the classroom because nowadays they don’t allow backpacks in the classroom anymore. They have to leave them in the lockers. – Dena W
A: I would suggest as a concerned parent you demand your child be allowed to carry the backpack to class. An email, an appearance at a school board meeting, a letter to the paper and a few posts on social media should do the trick. “LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD DOESN’T ALLOW ME TO PROTECT MY CHILD”.
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