Protecht BodyGuard Blanket

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A company, Protecht, has made a bullet resistant blanket for children. They claim the blankets can resists up to 90% of bullets used in recent school shootings. I am rather dubious of their claims about protection from Tornados. I don’t see how compromised building structures collapsing onto a child will be mitigated by a bullet resistant blankets. These blankets are bright orange and cost $1,000 each. The blankets have shoulder straps and a waist belt.

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The video claims that the blankets are lightweight and protect children. I have my doubts about such claims. However I commend them for creating a possible solution to protecting children.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Something like that might be handy to have under the bed in the event of a home invasion, but I think there must be something more cost effective for that.

    As far as the intended purpose, I guess it’s better than nothing, which is about all that most schools provide in terms of protection for a school shooter scenario.

    • An Interested Person

      Better than nothing, yes. Unfortunately still horribly inadequate.

  • KestrelBike

    Oh cool more treatment for the symptom and not the disease.

    • Giolli Joker

      Disease is apparently in the tissue of the society, those in charge of solving it (avoiding it to develop) prefer to hide their failures by blaming objects or by providing useless countermeasures…

  • BattleshipGrey

    It’s another “feel good”/”we did something” measure. I saw another product rolled out today that covers the overhead levers on doors so badguys can’t get in, but would require staff to place them on doors AFTER the shooting starts, (let’s not even mention fire hazards for kids that aren’t around staff and can’t reach it).

    The logistics and price of all these things is ridiculous. When we arm multiple teachers per building, it cost the tax payers NOTHING and kids can actually be protected.

    • BattleshipGrey

      I re-read the article on the door hinge covers. It’s for classrooms, not exterior doors. But on the comments section, someone suggests that a badguy could use the device to create a hostage situation by locking LE out.

  • JaxD

    You misunderstood the tornado protection. It functions like a kite, whisking your child to safety. All the while keeping them safe from from bird hunters and skeet enthusiasts.

    • The only thing I can see for tornado use is protection from debri as long as the kids not flying using the thing as a wing.

      • goggles

        Oklahoma resident here, the tornado protection would from the ~250 mph shrapnel flying through the air. broken glass, rocks, and wood scraps just suck

    • Nicholas C

      You made me laugh. Good job!

  • Doopingtin

    I can’t tell if this is made and offered in the sense of fulfilling a niche in the market for security options (especially in gun-free zones), or if it’s some sort of horrid tongue-in-cheek attempt at a cash-in.

    The fact that I can’t tell and not that this product even exists to begin with is what scares me a little.

    • JaxD

      What I’ve read is they’re marketing to schools. So if any school district bites, the taxpayers would pick up the rather hefty tab.

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    Uh, the Bodyguard logo is a guy bending over…not very confidence inspiring.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    This is worse than “everybody under your desks”.

    • Ken

      That at least shields from falling debris from earthquakes.

      • ColaBox

        Until you get a piece of roof landing on you.

    • Yellow Devil

      It’s like when I was going through basic and was told when caught outside in a Nuclear attack, get to the ground with your Kevlar facing the blast. I asked the DS how that was supposed to keep us safe. He spitted a wad of tobacco to the side and said “Nothin’. It just supposed to keep your corpse prettier to kick into the grave.”

  • Ken

    Could be useful to prevent getting shot in the back while running away or if overlapped like a Roman testudo shield formation assuming that it has the ballistic ratings, but I highly doubt it would provide any tornado protection.

    • wetcorps

      Now imagine kids practicing phalanx drills with their mats. Wouldn’t that be precious 🙂

  • Ken

    Also, I think the price tag is $1000 each.

  • Raoul O’Shaughnessy

    Assuming, say, twenty kids in a classroom, for the $20k youd spend on these false-sense-of-security blankets you could put a hellaccious steel security door in that same classroom and achieve a better effect. Twenty grand will buy you a damn secure, bullet resistant door.

    • I’d take the door!

      • Nicholas C

        I concur. When you start adding in the costs per child. It seems a lot more cost effective to get bullet proof doors.

    • Jeff Smith

      For that price, you could hire an armed guard for every classroom of a school.

      Seriously, EVERY. SINGLE. CLASSROOM.

      • Nicks87

        Really? 20K per armed security guard? Thats one helluva deal. When I used to work armed security for a bank I made 16.50 per hr. Multiply that by 1 year and I think you will be over the $20,000 mark.

        • An Interested Person

          Not by much. Assuming an eight hour workday and a 180 day school year it comes out to an annual salary of $23,760 at the $16.5/hr rate.

        • Jeff Smith

          In my area, most classrooms have 30-32 students. $30K is much closer. My comment was a slight stretch, but not by much. And, as the person below commented, that price would be for 180 days of work, not a full year.

          Assuming that those employees would be eligible for state employee benefits, the salary wouldn’t be too bad.

          We also have to take into account that Kevlar expires after 5 years, so they would need to be replaced on a (fairly) regular basis.

          Of course an armed guard for every classroom would be ridiculous, but it would be more practical than bulletproof blankets for students.

      • bbmg

        If you think the cost of an employee is just the salary they receive, you have clearly never hired someone.

        • Jeff Smith

          I will freely admit that I have not. My point is simply that the cost of providing every student with a bulletproof blanket would easily rival the cost of providing a guard for every classroom.

          Both of these would be extremely impractical and unrealistic, but, I’d much rather have the armed guard if I had to choose.

          • bbmg

            Fair point, but if we are going to think rationally about the issue at hand, your child is much more likely to be harmed by something else.

            Let’s look at some bona fide statistics from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db37.pdf

            1999-2006 for 12-19 year olds, 13% chance a death was homicide, 11% chance it was suicide! You might as well wrap them in the blanket 24/7 to stop them hurting themselves, they are almost as likely to put a gun to their head than to have someone else do it to them.

            By far the greatest chance of death was unintentional injury at 48%, and of those deaths almost 3/4ths are traffic accidents – compare that to accidental firearm discharge at 2%.

            How are we going to make those numbers sink in, instead of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh2sWSVRrmo&feature=kp

      • Eric
        • gunslinger

          “just saying”

    • DChrls

      Excellent point Raoul! Secure the classroom and campus.

      You know these blankets will disappear and how often do they have to be replaced?
      Why make the blankets Day Glow Orange, so it will be easier for shooters to pick out the kids?

  • 101nomad

    All in a row and hi-vis too. No, that is not a solution.

  • Pete in Alaska

    Let’s review . . . CONS:
    A) International Bright Orange = Easily identifiable targets in a target rich environment.
    B) Suitable for defeating 90% of shots [ that’s 9 out of ten rounds fired] and I suspect that number is ONLY viable if directed at center mass of the mat.
    C) ZERO EFFECTIVE side cover when student is on ground.
    D) May actually increase victim body count as the perpetrator will have to actually aim and shoot using shallow angles of attack
    E) creates a potential trip hazard for a student trying to escape or find additional protection
    F) seems to be a two edged solution where an explosive device might be employed
    G) does not speak to a solution to the actual issue or problem but instead says “a school shooting will happen again and this is the best we could come up with ….. ”

    And the PRO(s):
    A) may be used from K THUR 12 as a 1] personal nap Mat. 2] yoga mat 3] wrestling mat 4) camping mat and if it is made to float 5] a pool mat.

    That’s about it …… Who was the industrial designer that got their degree from a box top that thought this was a good idea. What an idiot! I think I’d like to see the manufactures test its effectiveness using their own childern as the test subjects.

    Yeah, that’s not likly…….

    • BattleshipGrey

      I think by “90% of shots used in recent shootings” they meant the types of guns used, as in pistol calibers and shotguns. So it’s probably level II or IIIA armor. Other than that I fully agree with your assessment.

      • An Interested Person

        This is correct. It is only good for 9mm type impacts.

        • Nathanael S.

          It’s probably level IIa or level IIIa, that blocks .357 mag through .45cap. Nowhere close to rifle or shotgun strength. Bad, bad idea.

          • BattleshipGrey

            For $1000, it better have a better rating than just 9mm. It wouldn’t surprise me though. There are companies out there that would totally take advantage of people’s ignorance.

          • bbmg

            Is there a company out there that doesn’t try to exploit its customers in one way or another?

      • Pete in Alaska

        Hey BS/G! Your likely right on the money, I just got a little wound up with the really “dumb”idea it is!
        Really? You think it could be a IIIA? Shall we add an addendum to the CONS list? Yes indeed!
        H) Heavy, Bulky, and Stiff . . . Not child friendly.

  • Pete in Alaska

    This idea is just DUMB, DUMB……DUMB! It insults the term stupid! Shows a complete lack of forward thinking, an understanding of ballistics, and the shear insanity of the moment … THE MOMENT WHERE A CHILD WOULD NEED TO HAVE THEIR WITS ABOUT THEM TO USE SUCH A DEVICE!!

    NOT A REAL WELL DEVELOPED CONCEPT IM THINKING . . .

  • Great effort in trying to find a solution how to protect the children from shooting incidents at school. But I must agree that there is a something better solution to that.

  • John Dalton

    I’d opt for the “Hello Kitty” AR15 instead…..jus sayin’

  • An Interested Person

    For my local high school (graduating class of about 400) the tab would be outrageous.

    For the same price, why not hire a small army of veterans with a honorable discharge and arm them?

    That will provide more than adequate protection for students, and decrease unemployment.

  • Nicks87

    This really makes me sick. This product wont keep anyone safe. It’s just an excuse for school administrators to say “look we are doing something to protect kids” when in reality it will create a false sense of security. It’s a way for schools to go the cheap route instead of taking the common sense approch and hiring armed security or allowing the teachers to arm themselves. It just shows how far some people are willing to go to keep law abiding citizens from having guns.

  • ColaBox

    Now…if the shooter is hell bent on killing kids, what’s stopping him from simply lowering his aim? “Oh no! Their in a turtle crouch! Oh wait I can still see their…well…everything, but backs.”

  • bbmg

    School shootings since Sandy Hook: http://everytown.org/article/schoolshootings/

    Care to imagine what the list of fatal traffic accidents since Sandy Hook looks like?

    If you buy this gimick for your kid, and don’t buy them a heavily armored vehicle to take them to and from school, then you have an extremely poor understanding of probability, and oh, did you know the word gullible is written on the ceiling?

    • SPQR9

      And that list of “school shootings” exaggerates by a factor of 10X

      • bbmg

        From the horse’s mouth:

        “Incidents were classified as school shootings when a firearm was
        discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds, as
        documented in publicly reported news accounts.”

    • JaxD

      This MDA report has been thoroughly discredited.

  • Adam

    Duck and Cover 2.0

  • Blake

    At least we can be comforted in the knowledge that perhaps outside of a few high-rent areas no U.S. public school district has $1000/student surplus budget to spend on anything…

    A bit of self defense training for teachers with some pepper spray or something would be a heck of a lot cheaper & more effective.

  • opie

    so by the pictures, if a gunman was walking down the hallway with the kids in the position they are in, those vests would not help one bit..could easily harm the child from the side. i think they would be better off as another poster suggested by using balistically protected doors with really good locks. maybe get the govt to sell of thier excess armor plate(that they have auctions for mind you. just needs to be cut into smaller sizes for a civilian to own) and make the doors from that featuring double layered areas where the door knob/handle is along with reinforcements in the door jamb. would be more cost effective, wont have an expiration date and most calibers a gunman would use(minus 50bmg i would think) would not penetrate and just deflect maybe make a design that would deflect the projectile back to the shooter..

  • santi

    Dear Lord, They should not be a 1000 each. Making money off of keeping our kids safe and I really hope the children are not taught to stay in one place will in the thick of it. These should be sold at the cost of labor, utilities and materials that’s it.

    • Yellow Devil

      Good luck finding a bank to provide the loan to start up that company to make the product.

  • Dan-O

    OR just give any teacher with a set of balls the equipment and training (and a modest hazard pay bonus) to defend the children?
    The problem and solution has always been a human one -not over priced gadgetry!

  • John

    Arm the teachers. $350 each. End of Story.

  • Chance

    Most people that are injured in tornadoes are hit by flying glass, so I don’t think they were advertising protection from structural collapse. In that case, whether these would be anymore effective than covering yourself with a blanket, I’m not sure.

  • I personally think an armed security guard would be much more
    effective….one point on tornados though….I’m sure they are referring
    to protection from flying glass and debris which can be a major cause
    of casualties during such an occurrence…..

  • gunslinger

    i need to show this to my wife.

    great idea. however don’t think it’s actually a good one.

  • Risky

    About half of all ‘saves’ attributed to body armor worn by law enforcement personnel is through protection from blunt force trauma provided in vehicular collisions. It’s not too far fetched to say the same might apply to tornado debris and these armor blanket, things.

  • Josh McNattin

    Oughta be a sleeping bag. *zzzzzzZIP!* 🙂

  • Tenacious221

    Why is that intruder drill being perforned in a hallway?

    • Chance

      That’s a tornado drill. Students move into the hallway to get away from the glass in the classrooms.

  • smartacus

    What if a school shooter uses one of those “kids in a blanket” as her human shield? Are the cops allowed to shoot her because the kid underneath is safe?

    What if the shooter takes one and wears it on her chest? Will the cops get discouraged and save their ammo?