BulletSafe’s Bulletproof hat: Kickstarter campaign

From the company that brought us the BulletSafe panel for children’s backpacks, BulletSafe has launched a new Kickstarter for a bulletproof hat.

It’s in the shape of a baseball hat and a bulletproof panel insert goes in front of your noggin.


They’ve already done some T&E with a successful test using .22LR and .40cal rounds:

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BulletSafe has launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for tooling and production, and they have already doubled their $3500 goal with 26 days left in the campaign.

Now that you know the caps will go into production, the big benefit of pre-buying now is that you’ll get in on a really good price. A $99 pledge will get you a bulletproof cap, and I’m sure the prices will be more expensive once they go onsale to the general public in Dec 2015.

If you’re interested in seeing the video and learning more about the bulletproof cap, check out the Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/CalmTom/the-bulletsafe-bulletproof-baseball-cap.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.



  • Giolli Joker

    “I’m sure the prices will be more expensive once they go onsale to the general public in Dec 2015”

    As in most, if not all, Kickstarter campaigns, the MSRP after release on the market is duly listed in the reward box.
    129$ in this case.

  • echelon

    Harry: “Then they slapped this bullet proof HAT on me and gave me a gun.”

    Lloyd: “But what if he shot you in the face?”

    Harry: “What if they shot me in the face?”

    Beth Jordan: “That’s a risk we were willing to take.”

    • Mazryonh

      Any chance they’ll try another version of that joke in the sequel to Dumb and Dumber?

      • echelon

        I haven’t attempted to sit through the sequel yet…not going to spend money on it, haha.

  • kevinp2

    Even if it stopped a bullet, wouldn’t you still get a tremendous whack on the head?

    • Sam Schifo

      If the panel does actually catch the bullet, the impact may very well still kill you.

  • lucusloc

    The military has tried this kind of thing on and off for a while now. The problem with bullet-proof anything is you still have to absorb the energy. In the case of a hat the thing absorbing the energy is going to be your skull (and by extension your brain). In WW2, both the American and German armies developed helmets that could effectively stop a full power rifle round, but field results showed that hits were often still lethal, since the energy transfer basically turned the brain to mush. Modern “bullet resistant” helmets have thick webing and padding to absorb some of that energy, but the helmet itself is huge, and from what I understand direct hits still transfer problematic amounts of energy.

    The only thing this will do is prevent penetration, I bet the energy transfer will still cause significant brain damage, and may still even be lethal, even for moderate power pistol calibers.

    • mzungu

      Likely incapacitated with some concussion, and neck injury, follow by a 2nd shot somewhere on the body to end wearer’s life…

    • billyoblivion

      There’s a LOT less energy in a handgun round than a 30-06.

      That said, I suspect you’re still going to have issues if you get shot wearing it.

      • lucusloc

        Oh for sure, a 30-06 will make your brain into jelly and will kill you instantly. Taking a pistol caliber round with this hat on will probably just fracture your skull and cause internal hemorrhaging, leading to a slower death by swelling, but that is just a guess. Without seeing actual trauma testing we cannot know for sure 9though we can make pretty good guesses based off of other “bullet proof” armors).

  • sianmink

    What kind of backface deformation does that get though? Can you put that on a foam head and have the foam be unharmed?

  • This definitely has many flaws. I agree with the other comments on here. Very good points. I still wouldn’t feel safe with this thing. Anyone volunteer to wear it and get shot at for testing? I wouldn’t. LoL.

  • Any potent handgun round that you catch in this hat while on your head will still cause lethal injury. This hat is useless for protection.

    • Jeremy Star

      Nope. Not enough energy in a handgun round to do that. You may wind up with a concussion. I would take that over a ballistic lobotomy any day.

      • Oh really? Level IIA vest and I still had a shattered sternum. And that’s a LOT more padding, cushion and energy dispersion than a thin ball cap.

        • lucusloc

          Exactly. I can see this product leaving a golf-ball size divot in the users skull, accompanied by all the internal hemorrhaging you would expect from such a wound. Better than taking a hole to the head? Possibly. Something you can count on to save your life (let alone keep you in a fight)? Probably not.

          Again, I want to see the deformation tests before I accept this as a useful product. I suspect they will bare out my assumptions though.

        • Jeremy Star

          Guess your vest had a low trauma rating. Do you know if this will?

          • lucusloc

            Given the dimensions? Probably yes. There just is not a lot of room to add in padding or other trauma mitigating features.

          • And then you change the hat to a helmet and thus lose the whole point of this. Which has little to go for it to begin with.

          • It’s a HAT. How much protection do you really think it will provide? Kevlar Helmets still get penetrated by bullets. This thing is useless.

  • JumpIf NotZero


    No, it’s definitely not.

  • Justin B

    WILL NOT WORK!!!!!! It would actually be better in some cases for the brain if the bullet penetrated the skull relieving pressure. If they worked on making a hat that deflects bullets it would be way better. Interestingly in the real world a lot of times bullets will be deflected off the unprotected skull. This is because the angle at which it impacts and the slippery surface of the skull. If the company wants to seriously build a beneficial product look at how military tanks are built. They have odd angles that let bullets and rockets to simply ricochet off of it. By creating surfaces that ricochet bullets you lessen the kinetic energy absorbed by the impact because you are passing the energy along.


    But is it Elmer Fudd certified…..?

    • marathag

      I’d rather have the Magic Helmet, I think

  • Jeremy Star

    SO much speculation in the comments, so little science.

    Listen: A 180gr 40S&W bullet will hit you at about 441 ft-lb when fired from a 4″ Glock. That energy gets spread to the entire ballistic panel before being passed on to your noggin.

    A pro boxer can hit between 500-950 ft-lb. That energy is absorbed directly by the skull in an area the size of the glove contact to the face.

    Can we science? Yes we can! Obviously the best option is to not get punched or shot in the head. But, if this panel takes a hit on your skull, it’s not going to kill you like some posters seem to think.

    • Tom

      Its good to see some maths rather than a simple dismissal. But I think the biggest issue here is how likely are you to be shot in the one relatively small place that this hat protects?

      • Jeremy Star

        Well, that’s always the issue. Even vests don’t cover 100%. It’s a balance of convenience vs protection.

    • lucusloc

      The part about spreading the impact over the entire forehead is false, even modern ceramic plates deform under hard hits, transferring energy to a much smaller area than the full plate covers. This looks like an extremely thin plate, so the amount of deformation will be greater than a normal L2 plate (also note that L2 is almost never a plate, but rather Kevlar or other ballistic fabric that all display significant deformation). Absent actual ballistic tests I still think this product will transfer dangerous (and potentially lethal) amounts of energy to the users skull when hit with standard defensive caliber rounds (~400 to 600 ft/lbs). Show me the clay tests showing no significant deformation behind the impact and I may give credibility to your statement.

      Honestly a quick browsing of their site does not say what material this plate is made of, so it could be nothing more than a Kevlar patch, in which case it is even more useless than a thin plate.

      • Jeremy Star

        So? So what? You have no more information than I do, yet you seem to think your theory holds water while mine does not.

        • CommonSense23

          Cause he brings up good points. Until this guy proves this with NIJ standards, and actually shows them, there is going to be a lot of doubt with this

        • lucusloc

          I think it holds more water than yours, because it is based on an evaluation of the current technology on the market. Unless this guy has something totally unheard of (and the tests to prove it) we can fairly accurately predict the outcome of a bullet strike on this. The prognosis is only marginally better than an unprotected hit. This hat would likely be decent protection against .22 lr and shrapnel, if you ignore coverage issues, but would be fairly useless against anything delivering a decent amount of energy. If he is using standard materials the example .40 hit above would likely be lethal with or without the hat.

    • gggplaya

      I don’t agree with this, if this were a steel or even ceramic plate, then yes, but this panel appears to be soft armor, which means localized impact.

      • lewis jones

        you make a very important point. but the product idea just seems so silly, why bring this to market? making a profit off fear is becoming a common thing. soon college business classes will be teaching it as a viable business plan.(if they don’t already)

    • noob

      hmm. if there is technology to make complex curves like this in something lightweight enough to fit in a hat, could we make full medieval plate armor and be practical?

      (maybe with a plain spherical face visor out of bullet resisting polycarbonate)

      • lucusloc

        I would love it if someone could develop 1/4th or 1/8th inch non-deforming plate, thoug full articulated armor would probably be totally impractical (and also completely awesome). Unfortunately for something like this to be actually useful it would need to be L3, and i just do not see that happening in the near future.

  • Matt Shermer

    Hmmmm…at least they are using good quality caps for the base, I wear a Mil-Spec Monkey flexfit cap every day, and have been for about the past 3 years, in all that time, it’s soaked up sweat, rain, dust and all kinds of other crap and never gave out on me. I upgraded to one of the caps with retractable ear protection sewn in to the cap, plus having lots of Velcro panels for morale patches is a bonus. Wonder if they will eventually add velcro to their caps, so I wouldn’t have to have Security permanently sewn onto it.

    As for the ballistic protection, I’m more than a little dubious. If you are faced with someone who really wants to kill you, they won’t stop shooting until you start bleeding, and even if the hat absorbs a round and your brain doesn’t immediately get scrambled, you are still gonna be seeing stars long enough for a perpetrator to make sure the job is finished. This is not protection against an ambush, this is protection against a stray round when you are fully alerted and in a gunfight, keeping your head down. What worries me is that this might make every beat cop who wears one think he’s prepared to kick in doors with just his duty vest, a service handgun and this ballcap.

  • Don Ward

    Finally. An idea that makes giving your kids bullet-proof backpacks to help them survive school shootings seem sane and rational.

  • lucusloc

    Ooooh, now you tell me. I bet that was the part I failed on my final. . .

  • lewis jones

    this is a real product on the market? and people have purchased them? amazing. as with the bullet resistant backpacks, if I thought my child would need one the child would immediately be going to a different school. at any cost or hassle, if you don’t have access, than home school the child. even with body armor on, an adult often still has injuries from being shot. even without the skin breaking, a child is at an increased risk from the impact. and a bullet proof (?) hat really is not the answer to ANY question. just my parental opinion.

  • Sulaco

    I remember the ads for another of these types of “protective hats” some years ago. The maker when asked questions like those raised above came back with something to the effect of: It (the cap) may stop you from being killed right away and may give you time to make it to a head trauma surgeon… not real reassuring in my eyes.