Every Little Bit Helps: A Bulletproof Baseball Hat

January 5, 2015


Note: Final product will not have the advertisement on the side encouraging people to test whether or not your hat is actually bulletproof.

The BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap (currently an already funded Kickstarter project) is a $99 baseball hat with a bulletproof panel in the front crown. It can allegedly stop 9mm, .38 and .40 caliber rounds, although I'm pretty sure your head is still gonna take a beating even without a bullet in it. Also, getting shot anywhere but the forehead will still totally f***ing kill you.

Keep going for the Kickstarter video.

Thanks to JD, who doesn't need bulletproof anything because he can stop bullets like Nemo or whatever that guy's name was in the Matrix.

  • Tom Nardone

    Hi Everyone, This is Tom from BulletSafe. I'm the guy who talks too much in the Kickstarter video. Thanks for reading about our project. I'll try to answer your concerns here. In not particular order, here are some replies. 1. Why doesn't it cover the sides and back? There are two answers. The first has to do with discretion. The idea behind the project is to project a friendly appearance and if you cannot hid the ballistic panel, that won't happen. The second has to do with fitting different people's heads. Protecting the sides and back of different people's heads makes a helmet. Those already exist. 2. Will a 9mm pierce the skull of a person without a bulletproof hat on? Absolutely. In fact, I've never hear anyone suggest that it wouldn't. A .22LR which is one of the weakest bullets sold will pierce a skull fairly easily. 3. Will you die from the impact if you are shot wearing this hat? The research and facts say no. The National Institute of Justice sets the standards for helmet ballistics and we intend to pass the test up to level IIA which includes 9mm, .38, .40 and .45ACP. The amount of energy in a .45ACP round is approximately twice the energy in a hockey snapshot, so imagine the impact you would receive if you were wearing a hockey helmet and were hit with two pucks at once. It will hurt, you might even get a concussion, but it is a much better scenario than having the piercing, supersonic shock wave of a bullet in your skull. 4. The project is still open, so you can still fund it and receive a Bulletproof Baseball Cap for $99. The project will close just after SHOT Show. January 26th is the last day you can buy one. Delivery will is scheduled for November of this year. I hope that clears things up.

  • Jenness

    Thank you Tom.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I'm simply baffled by what the United States citizen consider normal nowadays, where a bulletproof baseball cap is considered a wise choice for a buy.

  • shashi

    its nothing to do with nowadays, its the frontier spirit that built the nation and continued as its ethos

    "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far"
    Theodore Roosevelt

    Its the same with business. The laissez-faire attitude only compromised by corporate personhood. Its all about making that paper

    might not be everybodys cup o' tea but you've got to admit it seems to have worked for some

    'horses for courses'

  • Tiny Zombie

    Thanks for the additional info.

  • Johnny Bigrig

    You know what else stops 9 mm and other lower caliber guns? Your actual skull.. But yeah, the real damage comes from the concussive effect. This might help a bit against a baseball hit from home plate, which is the advertising they should be going for.

  • Benmark

    Ha.. WHAT? Holy shit, do you really think that? That's something special.

  • westmclarenmerc

    I suggest you try that. Make a video of you shooting yourself on the head with a .22 and work your way up to a 9mm. Let's see how many video's you can post about it before you die.

  • Jenness

    If you are going to make this hat, why not make the whole hat bullet proof? At least just get the whole top part of the brain covered (maybe not the brim) - else it's a lotta money for not a whole lot of protection.

  • Johnny Bigrig

    I'm guessing comfort is taken into consideration. It wouldn't be much different than a super construction helmet otherwise.

  • Tiny Zombie

    Nothing is bullet proof, bullet resistant yes, bullet proof ... no

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Just out of curiosity. What would be the definition of bullet proof? Does a putting an object under a huge tanks filled with molasses be considered a bullet proof cover? I mean, you could shoot it all day and it would protect the object...

  • shashi

    Which round? from what distance? and how many shots?

    Can i suggest 50 cal AP from 150 ft and maybe 200 rounds. Also how big is the tank of molasses?

    Bullet proof means any type of bullet, any number of times from any distance. Bullet resistant is not as easy to say but is more accurate (although admittedly much less marketable).

    Bottom line: hope its not a valuable object

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Something around 30 feet deep of molasses. I didn't do the math but I think this should be enough to absorb the energy of any bullet, even your 50 cal. Probably the more you shoot the stronger it would get. Think about a 30 feet deep hole with a block of gelatin in the botton and filled with molasses.

  • shashi

    i think the earth is bullet proof, you just need to get it between you and the gun. Also it has the added benefit of putting you on the opposite side of the world to the person trying to shoot you although you would have to travel quite some distance to find out who the person shooting at you is. Frankly its probably better to just avoid anybody who wants to shoot you by maybe living in the opposite hemisphere to them

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Even better, move to another planet!

  • Tiny Zombie

    I couldn't find the video, but on an episode of No Reservation, Anthony Bourdain traveled to Kurdistan. Before they left they were given basic training in battlefield medicine, how to be protected, and how to use basic armor. Here is a quote of his experience.

    "In the back of your mind too, I came to find out, is the certain knowledge that none of this heavy armor—not the Kevlar vest, not the ceramic plates—-and not the helmut—will protect you in the slightest from an AK-47 round. Nor will a cinderblock wall. A bullet froman AK, the most widely used weapon on the planet, will cut through all of it like cheddar."

    Most of the AK rounds that I have had experience with are so called "steal core" they are also "light armor piercing" they were originally designed to be humane rounds that punch through bone and tissue without breaking apart, and creating a clean wound. The theory being that a wounded man is worth more on the battlefield than a dead man, because one wounded man can take up to three men out of the fight.

    On a side note; I had a buddy who was shot 3 times in his vest, 9mm at close range and the welts swelled up the size of a tennis ball cut in half. The baseball hat may stop a bullet from a specific range, but it won't stop the force of the hit (read a fast ball to the skull) you're definitely going to get KTFO and hopefully you'll survive without TBI.

  • Sergeant_Poop

    Excellent point, Captain Pedantic.

  • WhiteEagle2

    Can we get a video of the creators demoing its effectiveness on themselves?

  • Frédéric Purenne

    He got wrongly incarcerated in psych ward for suicidal tendencies...

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