The Gentleman's Guide to Self-Defense: Bulletproof SHIRT

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See The Gentleman’s Guide to Self-Defense: Knife-Resistant Clothing.

Everyone knows that guns are great for protecting yourself.

But most people forget that all adversarial contests involve both offense and defense. If you've got a gun - but the bad guy gets off the first shot with his gun - you might still get killed.

Moreover, while you might be a quicker draw and better shot than a single bad guy breaking into your house, you might get ambushed by terrorists, gang bangers or other bad guys ... and got shot before you even have the time to draw, point and shoot.

That's why military and law enforcement officers wear body armor.   If you're playing to win, you need defense as well as offense.

But civilians - especially those of us who work in financial services, legal, accounting or other professional settings - can't walk around in bulky Kevlar vests.

But that doesn't mean that we have to be defenseless ...

A new company called Bullet Blocker (a subdivision of MJ Safety Solutions) tailors a new generation of Kevlar into everyday clothing.  For example, t-shirts:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Gabriel BBL Ballistic Base Layer Compression Vest

(The t-shirt,  called the Gabriel, is used by some undercover police officers. And Bullet Blocker's VP told us that American Secret Service agents have purchased the Gabriel.)

Police magazine notes:

[The Gabriel is] essentially a performance T-shirt with NIJ-certified IIIA ballistic panels added to it.


As an added bonus, this design also gives the Gabriel a very low profile, making it ideal for undercover applications.


I wore my Gabriel for a few days under my normal work T-shirt and it was almost invisible. Bullet Blocker's claims of heat dissipation and a more secure fit both rang true and I can certainly appreciate the benefits of the Gabriel design in any law enforcement setting.

2-piece suits:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Classic Two Piece Suit

Top coats:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof TopcoatBulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Long Topcoat


BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Dress Vest

Sports coats:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Sportscoat

Leather jackets:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Women's Fitted Leather JacketBulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Lamb Leather JacketBulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Distressed Leather Jacket

Every single clothing garment made by Bullet Blocker meets NIJ IIIA standards that will stop a 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 9mm, .45, hollow point ammunition and more.

Threat level IIIA is the highest level of protection available in soft body armor, and provides the same anti-ballistic protective coverage area as traditional law enforcement body armor vests.

And all of Bullet Blocker's clothing can be washed, as the Kevlar panels are removable.

It's made of anti-bacterial, breathable material.  So it doesn't get funky right away like heavier materials do.

What's even better, Bullet Blocker's experienced tailors can satisfy your special requirements. For example, they were requested to make a bulletproof lab coat:

BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Medical Lab Coat

So they could certainly make you a bulletproof button down shirt, or anything else you might want.

Bespoke and bulletproof!

We tested the Gabriel for comfort.  While it's technically called a "compression vest", it's as comfortable as my normal well-made polo shirts made out of thick cotton.

I hit the gym wearing the Gabriel and worked out like a maniac.  The Gabriel was amazingly cool and breathable for a bulletproof vest.

Bullet Blocker also makes a line of bulletproof briefcases, bags and backpacks.

So now even civilians working can protect ourselves while in professional or casual settings, and help shield ourselves from ambush by terrorists or thugs.

And Bullet Blocker can help protect your kids against school shooters:


I haven’t received a cent for writing this review. Bullet Blocker simply provided me a test sample of the Gabriel.

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nc551's picture

Lol, that 'bullet proof' shirt will catch the bullet and make it look like your body tried to eat your shirt, could even sew it through your body and out the other side in some areas.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

I would rather have a bullshitproof electorate.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Anybody here ever been hit with a rubber bullet?  They don't penetrate but I imagine they

can break bones.  I also think getting hit in the nuts with a rubber bullet and geting hit

with kevlar undies on isn't going to be much different.

shimmy's picture

Yours for $729. I am curious how this will help you if you get shot in the head.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Sell the sizzle. 


Take a bullet proof T into any executive office, put it around a chair then pump two .38 slugs into the T.  Everyone at your meeting will buy. 

pparalegal's picture

Time to move or go to a .44MAG FMJ round. I know the well dressed city street thugs will all be sporting those during their liquor store holdups and carjackings soon.

Golden Showers's picture

Devil's advocate. Nice fashionable shit.

How does it stand up to a 7.62 x 39?

Y'all act like your precious idiot children are worth something all day long. Little shits. There isn't anyone in the world who would ever ever consider children as targets in the really real world. Never. Never ever ever ever ever ever.

Not one human being who didn't want to fuck your kids would ever ever ever consider or waste time on you whores with your whore backpacks sending your babies out in them like bait, but you do it.

You fucking pathetic shit. You ugly bitch whores sending kids out in bullet proof backpacks like it's vogue.

You fucking scum.

What? Are you too busy taking a load in the face to give a fuck to walk your kids?

I walked to school every fucking day early and was a crossing guard. I stopped traffic. You ugly ass fucking paranoid whores are shit.

Fuck all of you. Fuck you ignorant cunts and fuck your kids. Hysterical bags! Loopy stupid ignorant asshole bitches!

DavidFL's picture

I’m sensing a bit of hostility here. Perhaps consider a time out, while you contact your therapist. I am just guessing; but, I'm pretty sure the backpack is designed to protect aginst a person like you?

disagreeableness's picture

"I was a crossing guard" Lmao!!! Did you spit on yourself while spewing this shit? If you really wanna hollow someone out, the 7.62x.54 is the closest thing to a shoulder fired mortar that I have found. 

Arrow4Truth's picture

Hit the showers Showers. Have a little Indica first. It'll take the edge off.

rrrickkk's picture

This guy is a low life. Never finished school and probably has no job. His Mother and Father never  did anything to bring him up right. He is a parasite on society. Will never do anything to make the world better. Really has a limited vocabulary.

gammab0y's picture

That may be the single worst post I have ever seen in the ZH comments section, and that's jumping a very high bar.

Peter Royce Clayon da Turd's picture

Ladies and Gentlemen....Mrs.Hillary Clinton! Thank you for that wonderful concession speech, it is better than the one you gave last November 9th.

IvannaHumpalot's picture

I hope you're seeking professional help for your mental problem before you hurt yourself or others

blindman's picture
Arlo Guthrie City Of New Orleans/www savevid com]

blindman's picture

if it turns out that you pay your taxes so
some kid from high school or college can shoot
you in the head or drag you into court to be held
for a debt of massive indenture, depending on the whim
of some other prosecuting child placed over you, then
, you have a cultural-existential dilemma.
might feel like you do not belong and
are dying on the vine.
John Cale / Dying On The Vine (1985)

blindman's picture
John Cale - Hanky Panky Nohow
never mind. no?
If the sacheting of gentlemen
Gives you grievance now and then
What's needed are some memories of planing lakes
Those planing lakes will surely calm you down

Nothing frightens me more
Than religion at my door
I never answer panic knocking, falling
Down the stairs upon the law
What law?

There's a law for everything
And for Elephants that sing to keep
The cows that agriculture won't allow
Hanky Panky nohow
Hanky Panky nohow oh
There's a name for everything
And for Elephants that sing to keep
The cows that agriculture won't allow
Hanky Panky nohow
Hanky Panky nohow
john cale
truth is, there be a law for every exception and an exception
for every law. so that goes...

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Great idea.  These could sell like hot cakes.


It may not stop a point blank .357... but a flex tip lodged in the rib cage is much better than the heart. 

lakecity55's picture

I think I will stick with one of my old police tactical vests. If it gets that bad, I don't care if someone sees it. It can still be worn under a shirt. I also still have a heavy tactical external-wear only vest. Put the two together and you are in good shape. Wear a wicking t-shirt as an underlayer and you are reasonably comfortable.

That said, I'll probably give in and get the biker vest for wear while riding.

pawn's picture

A deputy sheriff (my arrow went into my neighbor yard) called,  had a sit down with the officer he said my arrows could pierce his bullet proof vest?

847328_3527's picture
Top 10 Worst Cities to move to in the United States (usually, the most dangerous and dindu saturated, also)

francis scott falseflag's picture

What do you call it?  BitShirt?


So a bullet traveling at 2,500 feet per second penetrates your Barney's

Blazer, your Ralph Lauren dress shirt, your Calvin Klein undershirt and

finally arrives at your Bullet Blocker.


Where does the momentum of the hollow point bullet, traveling a mile

in two seconds, go when it hits your Bullet Blocker?  If the bullet hits

you right below your left nipple (now don't get prudish) and doesn't 

penetrate your armor, won't it still enter your body a few inches into

your lung or heart, pulling the blocker around your body from the 



I think what with all the hurricanes and earth quakes GOING ON TODAY

you are much better off purchasing a HAIR SHIRT.

Socratic Dog's picture

I had the same question.  Seems too good to be true.  I notice Hedgeless's Russian blokes weren't wearing them when they stood in front of a few (non-5.7mm presumably) bullets.

ChanceIs's picture

I went to Jos A Banks the other know....Labor Day sales.  Got some nice trousers.  They had some traditional men's briefs on sale as well.  Although I didn't need any, I hate to get in the car unnecessarily and there are some things I don't buy online, especially when I have a proven go-to - as in something I have purchased for 30 years.  They say....what would you like....Small, Medium or Large?  I say "34."  They say sorry.....just Small, Medium and Large now.  I let out a not so low volume cure and said...just what the f(*k do you think replaces a "34?"  ( I really didn't say that, but I thought to.)  So I get the large.  A few days later I try them on.  It felt like my "stuff" was falling to one side or the other.  That was because it was.  I couldn't decide whether that was due to them being extra large - and not gripping so well, or they did somethen really stoooooopid with the cut so as to save $0.50 on each pair sold.  I got out my tape measure, and sure enough they had removed an inch of material from the very bottom such that my stuff is either balanced on a thin web or topples off to one side.  I think I will send a ratty old pair and one of the new ones to the CEO and say....."You dickheads have been providing me great value for decades and you ruined a good thing to save $0.50."

I am sooooooo pissed.   Maybe they are just trying to "hide" inflation.  You know.....that Hershey bar for which you paid $2.00 is still $2.00 but just half the size of the one you purchased three years ago.  And 1/10th the size of the one you paid $0.05 for when you were a kid.

Janet says there is no inflation.

DavidFL's picture

Well - I really should ask - Why would anyone ever purchase anything at Jos A Banks? 

pparalegal's picture

I have realized everything is based on Chinese body size. Mostly short arms, tiny feet and package.  When they say large or XL they just add girth for a sumo wrestler belly. I am not shaped like a Tyrannosaurus Rex or the world wide average 130-150 pound male they are sizing to.  I have all but given up on store buying brand named  third world crap. Finally have gone to premium stuff at Amazon and filtered / returned through the good stuff until some level of quality and fit can be found.  Just another brick in the politician and multinational sellout of a country comrades.  

pawn's picture

I am assuming your male. It is the new dress size. OVER Sized. Try being a female "0" sorry 4 your luck oh wait, and a 36" inseam. Twiggy.

wisehiney's picture

Good info. Thanks GW.

Greenspazm's picture

So where's the D-cup ladies' model?

George Washington's picture

Eventually, I'd like to make cotton clothing bulletproof:

If anyone has an industrial kiln, let's talk ... this could be the next big thing.

You could make a cheap cotton t-shirt, cheap cotton pants and cheap cotton baseball cap all into flexible, bulletproof armor! 

dark fiber's picture

Next to useless against a modern pistol like FN57.   

jin187's picture

Most criminals carry handguns with cheap easy to get ammo. 9mm, .22LR, .380, occasionally .45 ACP. You're not getting jumped by gangbangers carrying pistols that fire armor piercing rounds.

Raul44's picture

I dont understand about weapons much, can you explain why that particular pistol is able to pass through the vest when even magnum and most others cant? 

css1971's picture

The energy goes up wth the square of the velocity. It shoots smaller bullets much faster. They also have smaller frontal area so it's a much larger force in a smaller area meaning much higher pressures applied to the armour.

Having said that, a regular longbow or crossbow will also punch through LIII bulletproof vests.

Raul44's picture

Thank you both, lol I had no idea bows could beat the bullets sometimes, I always loved to make and play with ones as child.

mastersnark's picture

Level IIIA cannot stop a projectile traveling at ~2,000 fps. Lots of semi-custom 5.7x28 ammo breaks that barrier out of the FiveseveN handgun. When you consider the proliferation of body armor, plus the fact that multiple attacker events seem to be escalating, the FiveseveN with 20+1 capacity in a normal full-size pistol frame is pretty much the best $1,400 you'll ever spend on a sidearm.

totenkopf88's picture

$1400? I can buy 8 Taurus Millenium G2s and keep one in every room in my house for that kind of $

smallblockchevy350's picture

What if someone double-layered the armor under-shirt and the armor jacket for twice the armor?

Would it stop 5.7 then? What about rifle rounds like 5.56 or 7.62 x 39?

What if they added a traditional vest to the mix?

The armor under-shirt looks like it would be good to wear with a plate carrier, just for added protection against handgun rounds to the body in areas the plates don't cover.

css1971's picture

The Chinese are making some very cheap L III+ which does though. Ceramic plastic composites.

Basically they've made the NATO .308, 5.56 and 9mm obsolete.

mastersnark's picture

Probably 5.7x28 stopped, definately not rifle. Rifle defeats all soft armor. Need a hard plate to stop rifle rounds.

But let's face it, most violent criminal actors will be using handguns, and not 5.7x28 handguns, so yes, if this armor really is Level IIIA rated, it seems like a great EDC.

HK VP9's picture

Which is exactly why I carry that particular weapon daily. 

mo mule's picture

Like everything before it, prices will come down, before long everybody will have one, probably be required wearing for all Wall Street types.  

Xena fobe's picture

i bet there are already knock offs on Alibaba.

Arnold's picture

Banksters say , in unison, you can afford to pay for my best cloths.
Who wants to look at a slovenly Banker.

New_Meat's picture


"But civilians - especially those of us who work in financial services, legal, accounting or other professional settings - can't walk around in bulky Kevlar vests."

Yep, that shit is heavy 'cuz it actually stops inbound kinetic things.  Comes free with extra lower back pain when you're IN shape.

dizzyfingers's picture

...all foiled by one accurate head shot. Or could be less-than- accurate and still kill or permanently incapacitate.

jin187's picture

Gangbangers usually aren't trained well, if at all. Most are gonna run away the moment they see your gun, and the rest will probably be firing sideways, eyes closed, etc. If they do manage a headshot, it's probably because they were aiming at your gut and missed.