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For the Well Heeled Trump Prepper – Bullet Resistant Cars

With the escalation of violence spurned in good part by Trump’s rhetoric at Trump Rallies, it is not unreasonable to assume things will get worse.

A Trump election could, in my view, will result in something more akin to Syria, than Hooterville, USA. The reason having to do with the Trump campaign’s close association with groups like Militias and the KKK who have long and bloody histories.Trump’s empowering this subgroup has, and will lead to violence in the streets based on these groups racism and ideology.

This is part of a series I will be doing on “Prepping for Disaster”, which if I get enough positive response I will continue.

The video is a sales video from a company in Texas which builds “Bullet Resistant Cars”. Why not “Bulletproof”? Because there are bullets out there, primarily for use by the Military, which can penetrate over 2″ of hardened steel. If you check on YouTube -you will see people testing bullet variants against “bulletproof glass”, with some success.To defend against such requires something that looks more like an Abrams tank, then any passenger vehicle traversing American roads.

What Texas Armoring Corporation does is upgrade an existing vehicle to survive attack by virtually any round legally available to the public, and non-armor piercing rounds available to terrorists around the world. And they are very good at it. Such an upgrade to an existing vehicle costs about $40k, about the same amount of money it takes to upgrade a street vehicle with an uber-power street kit from people like Calloway or Shelby to make your already ridiculously overpowered Chevy or Ford fire-breathing enough to eat your average $400,000 Ferrari’s lunch. The cost for a TAC armored vehicle  is substantially increased weight – adding another 2,000 lbs to the curb weight. Meaning your gas mileage is going into the toilet, and this isn’t going to work for your average 4 cylinder Toyota or Honda, unless you are willing to wait a half hour for the car to accelerate to highway speed. The windows on these also don’t open due to the thick layered “glass”.

​Stopping bullets dead

To protect against gun violence, experts are testing the limits of just what “bulletproof” really means. Serena Altschul has been watching them at work:

It may look like your average, everyday auto shop, except for one thing: Extreme quality control.

A YouTube video features Trent Kimball, the very confident — and brave — founder and CEO of Texas Armoring Corporation, a San Antonio-based company that turns ordinary cars into rolling fortresses.

“These aren’t bank trucks that we’re talking about,” said Kimball. “These are passenger vehicles that can stop any type of rifle round or handgun, even up to hand grenades, IEDs, those type of explosives.”

But don’t call these vehicles “bulletproof.”

“No, bulletproof does not exist,” Kimball said. “All our vehicles are ‘bullet-resistant.’ It’s not like the movies; the bullets don’t bounce off. It actually catches the bullet. The glass will crack, it’ll splinter, [but] it’s not gonna penetrate.”

Tearing cars down to their skeletons, Kimball and his crew install custom ballistic steel plates and ballistic glass, and then put it all back together as good as new.

The cost to armor a car goes from $40,000 on up, and Kimball says business is good and getting better:

“Economic stress in the world, the economic downturn, terrorism, that type of world that we live in nowadays is good for business, unfortunately.”

So, who needs these armored vehicles? “Our clientele range from heads of state of foreign countries, all the way down to a soccer mom here in the U.S.”

“Protection against kidnapping, protection against assault from an angry soccer parent?” asked Altschul.

“Outside the U.S., it’s mainly protection against kidnapping for ransom. Inside the U.S., they’re usually protecting just against random street crime,” said Kimball.

Detective Michael Levay of the NYPD knows firsthand the value of protection. In 2013 he was shot in his ballistic vest during a routine stop for a minor subway violation.

“The gentleman gets up,” he told Altschul. “He starts walking towards the train car door. I see him reach into his waistband, like, a jerk motion with his hand. He pulls out a gun. First round goes off. It strikes me in my vest.

“When I first got hit, it felt like a ton of bricks,” he said.

“I got hit pretty much dead center of the vest. Thankfully it stopped it. I believe it pierced the vest a little bit, but enough that all I had was pretty much a giant bruise.”

The first commercially-available bullet-resistant vest was invented in 1893 by a Chicago Catholic priest named Casimir Zeglen, who proved his garment worked by having himself shot in front of an audience.

Soon, high-profile people around the world bought the silk-and-steel vest, including the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

But Ferdinand reportedly forgot to wear his vest on June 28, 1914, when an assassin shot and killed him, igniting World War I.

Recent experiments proved Zeglen’s invention could’ve stopped that fateful shot.

Fortunately for Detective Levay, he didn’t forget to put his vest on.

“I know I’m here because the vest saved my life,” he replied. “And I try to be the guy to talk to some of the younger officers, and just, ‘Listen: Take care of yourself. You could get into a dangerous situation. Watch yourself. Watch your partner’s back, and be careful out there.'”

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in Disaster Prep

 

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