Debbie Nicholson

Colombian firm creates armor clothing for kids

Miguel Caballero, is owner of the Miguel Caballero, a bulletproof clothing company based in Bogotá, Colombia, with outlets in Mexico City and Sao Paulo. The company produces bullet proof apparel for motorcycle wear, as well as a fashion line of bulletproof clothing created for some well-known figures such as US President Barack Obama and actor Steven Seagal.

Recently, Caballero said he had never thought about manufacturing protective clothing for children but that changed following the deadly attack on Sandy Hook Elementary last month.

“After the tragedy in Connecticut, we started getting emails from customers asking for protected (clothing) because they were afraid to take their kids to school,” said Caballero, according to The Durango Herald.

The product line will include backpacks, armored vests and undershirts. The products are designed for children ages eight to 16 and cost $150 to $600, depending on the complexity of their construction. Each piece weighs two to four pounds.

It has been reported that Caballero recently tested a pink and yellow striped bullet backpack, which is attached to a pale blue protective vest. A 9mm pistol and machine gun was fired at the backpack and the results showed it could withstand a battery of weapon fire.

A US distributor has already ordered the backpack/vest combo but Caballero would not disclose who the manufacture was to the media.

Bullet Blocker ® based in Massachusetts a USA Veterans-owned and operated company had noted the day after the shooting they were selling 50 to 100 bulletproof backpacks. The bulletproof child safety backpack is currently selling for $199.00, with a regular price tag of $249.99.

According to the company’s website the backpack is integrated NIJ IIIA bulletproof panel rated to stop 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 9mm, .45, hollow point ammunition and more!

The company states: "The anti-ballistic material in our bulletproof backpacks, bulletproof panels and bulletproof vests has been independently tested by White's Laboratory to the Threat Level IIIA standard.”

Distributors for the Miguel Caballero Company in the US are located in Miami, Florida and backpacks from Bullet Blocker ® can be purchased online at the company website Bullet Blocker.

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