Strangest New Product At SHOT?

Editor’s note: As an industry professional I am calling bullshit on this product hands down. Scott’s job is to get along with people and move through the industry circles. And he does that VERY well. He knows everyone and we are lucky to have him. He’s referring to this as, “strange”. I’m referring to it as bullshit.  He’s just being more tactful than I am. Even if the hat stops the round, the skull and brain are still mush. Is that “acceptable” to you?  –Marky 

This has to be the strangest thing I saw at SHOT this year, but if you think about it, a bulletproof baseball cap makes a lot of sense. The BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap is made of ballistic materials that will stop the desired bullets with acceptable levels of back face deformation. The company is increasingly confident that it can pass the frontal portion of the NIJ helmet test for level IIA.

Hats will initially be available in black only with your choice of three sizes: small, medium/large and extra large. The hard ballistic panel rests upon the wearer’s forehead and weighs about 7 ounces. They are discreet with no real difference between the bulletproof hat and a premium fitted baseball cap. They are also fairly inexpensive as far as “body armor” goes. The retail price will be just $129.


Scott Mayer

“Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

Scott Mayer

Scott Mayer

Writer at John1911
Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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  • Freeze

    I look at it this way, Not a bad product to have if you are doing some closeup training on steel. Some extra protection from spalling and bouncing lead is always a good thing. The price is a major draw back but I could see it being beneficial if you do a lot of training with steel. Will it stop a bullet, according to the companies promo video yes it will but I pretty much thing with brain swelling and initial trama, you’re pretty much toast anyway. Practical maybe not but as a range safety item….maybe.

  • Brennen Munro

    Hat or no hat, I do not think that I want to be shot in the head… that is all.

  • Outlaw

    Might make you a vegetable instead of a DOA dude but who wants to be a vegetable? I think for my part I would just as soon be DOA. As for the training idea maybe so but if the same stuff hits below the cap your just as dead better idea is to stay back at the recommended distances or greater when banging steel. Do you really need to shoot steel at those distances? I admit I have never been able to shoot at steel (unless you consider a boom on an old junk steam shovel) but I thought the benefit of steel was the ability to get feedback at distances that you can’t see the hits? I am sure that it’s a hoot to shoot steel at any distance but it’s your LIFE man and you don’t get do-overs on that one.

    • Freeze

      It depends on what kind of steel target you are using, but with that said; spalling is always an issue thus good eye protection. As I said before maybe in a training situation at best. Im not sold on the product and I agree if you take a full round to the head you are probably going to be vegan food.