The BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap offers ballistic protection with a friendly, professional appearance.
Why? People in dangerous jobs need protection, and dangerous situations need less aggression. The BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap offers discreet protection while looking professional and approachable. It's a great way for people to stay safe.
The BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap is comfortable, lightweight, easy to wear, and offers the same frontal protection area as a ballistic helmet.
From Prototype to Production
Shown (from left): A polymer mock-up of the panel; a paper pattern; and a shooting sample made from a helmet section. Turning these items into production parts costs lots of money. Making parts strong enough to stop a bullet requires high-temperature/high-pressure tooling. It is expensive. With your help we can overcome this cost and offer this hat for far less than a ballistic helmet.
We start with the finest baseball cap we can find. A Flexfit, Twill, Six-Panel hat in one of three sizes. We modify it to include the BulletSafe ballistic panel. The result is a handsome look with great protection. The hat will come in three sizes: Small, Medium/Large, and XL/2X.
Successful Test Prototype
Our test prototypes stopped rounds up to NIJ Level IIA. We expect to offer protection of NIJ level IIA with our production hat. If so, the hat will stop .40, 9mm and .38 caliber rounds.
More Information About Our Project's History:This project began in January of 2014. The initial spark occurred at a trade show when I was repeatedly asked if we made ballistic helmets. 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.
We built our first prototype in March of 2014. We molded clay off of a mannequin head and tried it in a baseball cap. It wasn't perfect, but there was something there. Further prototypes continued as I worked on the fit and size of the panel through the summer.
September, 2014 - I hired a patent attorney to do a patent search and was surprised to see that no patents existed on a bulletproof baseball cap. I was clear to invent ours.
October - I began wear-testing mock ballistic panels to see if they would be comfortable enough to wear every day. They did well. The panel was light enough and baseball caps have enough space in them that they were unobtrusive. Here is a picture of me at a live pumpkin carving performance wearing one. Spiderman approves.
November 2014 - Once we got the shape right, we made a shootable prototype. That test is shown in this video. The sounds quality is a little rough due to the ventilation system in the range and I stumble on the words a bit, but it worked!
BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap - Prototype Test Video
In late November I was ready to get tooling estimates for the production tooling. The best estimate was $19,000. It was too much. I thought the project was done.
That evening my wife told me not to give up on the bulletproof hat. Our sales representative Jennifer (who's voice can be heard in the shooting video) said that she thought customers would buy it. I guess deep down inside I had believed as well, I had already chosen the cover photo of our 2015 catalog and on it I am wearing one.
We decided that Kickstarter might save the project. Your pledges to buy could provide some of the capital required to start the project and your votes would demonstrate support. A successful Kickstarter would also show our existing retailers that people want these hats.
Why Is Our Goal So Low?
We decided to set the goal at $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.
Project Delivery Timeline:
January 2015 - Kickstarter Project Duration
January 2015 - ANME and SHOT Tradeshows - We will be showing the prototypes and accepting pre-orders
February 2015 - Tooling ordered, Non-bulletproof caps shipped
April 2015 - First prototypes from production-level tools
May 2015 - Ballistics testing at Oregon Ballistic Laboratories (OBL)
June 2015 - Possible material adjustments based upon May testing
August 2015 - Second round of ballistic testing at OBL
September 2015 - Production panels produced
October 2015 - Cap production begins, Rewards start shipping
November 2015 - All rewards shipped.
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Risks and challenges
We have a great team with experience bringing new ballistic products to market on time and within budget. BulletSafe already makes great bulletproof vests, plates, and panels at prices everyone can afford. Our products protect thousands of people every day.
The real challenge of this product is acceptance. Will cops accept our hat as a new piece of equipment? Do regular people want their police officers to be safe and friendly? The success of this Kickstarter will let us know. We will be tracking not only the amount of money raised but the amount of people who pledge, so thank you for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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