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

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.


hedgeless_horseman VWAndy Sat, 09/09/2017 - 09:47 Permalink

 Here is a good example of not-so-gentle men's self-defense training with soft body armor.Are you this confident in your bulletproof shirt, and your shooting, George?

Over many years, I have received excellent service purchasing  soft vests, plates, and carriers from and their products are as good as it gets, in my opinion.  At about $250 their huge supply of surplus police vests are tested and a real bargain. have never received a discount, samples, or anything. 

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Manthong George Washington Sat, 09/09/2017 - 14:46 Permalink

  Pajamas… I want pajamas….. Now I am going to have the take the .40 Glock 22 from under the bed and put the ACP .45 with the +p’s down there. Shit
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But at least it has an extended mag and I can get off 13 rounds off from it.  

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Manthong TruxtonSpangler Sun, 09/10/2017 - 08:46 Permalink

 well maybe...but a .45  will knock you across the room even if you have impenetrable chain mail on. ..and it will certainly leave a helluva bruise. There is a reason why the Army chose the 1911 way back when…. It dropped the Philippine Moro’s dead in their tracks ..and fer crissake... a 9mm is a .45 set to stun,  But I love my six Beretta 9mm’s… they are great plinking guns  except tor the high gloss GL with the gold embellishments which I have never fired. ..and the two with the guide rod Lasers are really cool.....but then again the stainsess 1911 with the guide rod laser is way cool, too.       

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skinwalker Manthong Sun, 09/10/2017 - 13:45 Permalink

If getting hit with a .45 will knock you across the room, then firing a .45 will also knock you across the room.

It's called newtons third law. You might want to look it up.

If you're going to make such an incredibly elementary mistake, then anything else you have to say about guns or ballistics is immediately suspect.

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TruxtonSpangler Manthong Fri, 09/15/2017 - 01:34 Permalink

Actually, the .45 was chosen because hollow points arent supposed to be used in war and .45 ball makes a larger hole than 9mm ball. However, modern 9mm bonded HPs such as Winchester TSX or Federal HST make a much nastier wound channel than .45 ball AND are more likely to penetrate armor. And you can keep nearly twice as many freedom pills in each mag.

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Solio Sat, 09/09/2017 - 08:49 Permalink

Don't bugger the children, ponzi the masses for you benefit, incessantly lie, illegally foreclose on The Peoples' homes, dishonor your contracts...maybe start with these first.

New_Meat Sat, 09/09/2017 - 09:01 Permalink


"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.

mo mule Sat, 09/09/2017 - 09:32 Permalink

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

smallblockchevy350 dark fiber Sat, 09/09/2017 - 15:59 Permalink

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.

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mastersnark Raul44 Sat, 09/09/2017 - 21:05 Permalink

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.

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css1971 Raul44 Sun, 09/10/2017 - 08:04 Permalink

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.

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ChanceIs Sat, 09/09/2017 - 16:40 Permalink

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.