BulletBlocker Bulletproof Vest, Body Armor and Tactical Gear, FAQ

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An Update from Bullet Blocker 

March 30, 2020

To our entire Bullet Blocker community,

We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe during these times of uncertainty. We have been updating our employees as well as our dealers on the preventive measures we are taking in light of this recent pandemic. We believe it may be beneficial to share these details with you as well. 

 We appreciate your continued loyalty as we all work together to make it through this difficult time.

 

Joe Curran

 

To do our part to help slow the spread of the virus, we have positioned noncritical team members at home to work remotely. A portion of our distribution and fulfillment center will continue to operate in order to serve and assist customers online. We are extremely grateful for these employees and their dedication, which will not go unnoticed.

 

We have been listening to our local politicians as well as following provided state guidelines to ensure the overall safety of our team as well as the community. As long as the provided statutes permit us to remain open, we will continue to process and ship orders in the usual 14-21 business days. We have also increased inventory on 7 of our best sellers, located on our Immediate Shipping Page, which will be shipped daily.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know. We will do everything within our power to assist you with anything you may need!

 Thanks again,

Bullet Blocker Family.

SHIPPING & RETURNS

For any questions regarding our refund, return, or cancellation policies, or to learn more about Bullet Blocker’s product warranty, please click here.

What are your shipping rates?- We offer free standard shipping on all orders shipped to addresses within the contiguous United States. For orders shipped to non-contiguous states (Hawaii and Alaska), there is a $25 flat shipping fee. For international orders, there is a $40 flat shipping fee.

 

Do you ship internationally?- Yes. Shipping Level III and IV plates outside the United States requires a U.S. State Department export permit which can take up to 2 months to obtain. Level IIA, Level II, and Level IIIA products generally do not require a Bureau of Industry & Security export license to most countries. Consult your own government to check on body armor regulations in your country including estimated import duties and taxes.

 

How long will it take for my order to ship?- Here at Bullet Blocker, we pride ourselves in delivering the highest quality products to our customers. We strive to complete all orders as quickly as possible. Most orders ship from our facility within 3-5 business days. For customized clothing and custom projects, please allow 14-21 business days. When your order ships, you will receive a confirmation email that includes the tracking information. We pride ourselves in delivering the highest quality products to our customers, and appreciate your understanding.

 

Do you offer expedited or overnight shipping?- Due to the unique nature of the products we sell, we generally do not offer expedited or overnight shipping.

 

PRODUCTS

Are there any state restrictions on your My Kitty Self Defense Key Chains?-  It is the sole responsibility of the purchaser to comply with all local, state and federal laws or statues pertaining to the possession and/or use of any of the products we sell. 

 

Are your products made in the USA?- Currently, all of our ballistics and many of our products are manufactured in the USA. We are committed to domestically sourcing as many of our materials as possible, and are working toward bringing production of more of our best-selling items to America. We assemble and ship all of our products from our facility located in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.

 

Are your products tested for reliability?- Yes. We proudly display the tests results we have from H.P. White’s Laboratory of Maryland, the premier testing facility for NIJ standards. Please click here to view our testing performance certification.

 

Why do you use the term “bulletproof”?- “Bulletproof” is a common term that is well-known and researched by the civilian market. One of our primary goals is to educate our customers about the limitations of NIJ standards and ballistic materials. Our products are NIJ Threat Level 3A. Although the professional community avoids the use of “bulletproof”, the definition fits our products to the NIJ Threat Level 3A standards.

 

Are your bulletproof clothes comfortable? Easily concealed?- Most of the bulletproof panels used in our clothing only add an extra 4-5 pounds of weight which allows for optimal concealment. When fitted properly, our products are comfortable and mobile. Our Gabriel BBL Level 3A vest is made with flexible, moisture wicking fabric that is ideal for even the warmest weather. Please keep in mind that the concealment depends on body type, clothing material, and properly fitted body armor.

 

How do I use my bulletproof backpack, bag, or briefcase?- Hold the bag between yourself and the threat using the straps as handles. Use it as a shield to provide cover for your upper torso (vital organs). While taking shelter, use the bag to protect yourself by continuing to hold it in the direction of the threat. If running away, hold bag high on your back or in the direction of the threat to protect your head and upper torso (vital organs).

 

Does it matter which side of the ballistic panel faces the threat?- No. Our panels offer bidirectional ballistic coverage, meaning that the panel will offer the same level of protection no matter which way it is inserted into the bag or which side is facing the threat.

 

What are the measurement specifications of your products?- The panels used in Bullet Blocker backpacks, bags, briefcases, or inserts weigh approximately 20 ounces. The panels used in our bulletproof clothing weigh 4-5 pounds on average, but the weight of custom clothing varies depending on sizing. Please see that specific weight and dimension measurements of each individual item are included on the product’s page.

 

Can I order a customized panel?- Yes. Our bulletproof panels can be produced in virtually any shape or size, and our inserts are available for purchase to fit a majority of pre-owned tactical bags, backpacks, compartments, and more. In most situations, you can measure or make a template of the insert size and send it to us, or you can send us your bag and we will custom craft an insert for you. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your custom project or needs.

 

Can I bring my bulletproof item on an airplane?- Yes. The US transportation Security Administration does not prohibit any Bullet Blocker product or body armor.

 

Are the sleeves of your clothing products bulletproof?- No. However, we have the ability to customize most items, so feel free to contact us to discuss your specific needs.

 

How do I know what size to order?- Please refer to the sizing/measurement instructions for each item on the product’s page. For the best fit, please order your true size. The ballistic materials we use are thin and flexible, so there is no need to size up. If you have any questions or concerns with sizing, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

How do I clean my bulletproof product?- Most panels are removable except for items with sewn in panels (Guardian backpack, Everyday backpack, Pistol Case, Notebooks, and the Laptop Case). Remove the bulletproof panels and clean it with a damp cloth. All clothing can be cleaned per the instructional tag once the panels are removed.

 

Are your products stab resistant?- All bulletproof panels are inherently stab resistant, but they are not tested to meet any resistance standards so cannot be listed as such.

 

Do your products protect against rifle rounds?- Rifle rounds require Level III or greater. Doubling up two (2) Level IIIA will not stop a rifle projectile!

 

Can I test shoot my product?- No. If you have any questions or concerns about your product, please contact us immediately.

 

How flexible are the bullet proof panels?- They are roughly as flexible as a rubber mouse pad.

 

OTHER

Connecticut residents - The state requires a face-to-face transaction when buying (unless the buyer is a police officer, a police department, or member of the military). If you are a civilian, we will ship your product to a Bullet Blocker dealer in Connecticut where you can pick it up.

What are the different levels of bulletproof protection?- There are pistol threats and rifle threats. Soft bullet resistant material stops pistol rounds and fragmentation but only a rigid rifle plate stops a rifle round. Level IIA, Level II and Level IIIA will stop the majority of pistol round plus 12 gauge and OO buckshot but no material is ever 100% ‘bulletproof’. The trade-off between protection, wear-ability and conceal-ability determines the level of protection and is a personal choice. The biggest difference between Levels is the amount of blunt trauma impact protection.

  • Level IIA generally ~4 mm thick- Best if thinness, comfort and conceal-ability are the most important factors. May be worn for extended periods and allows for greater mobility. However, many prefer the extra blunt trauma protection from Level II or Level IIIA.
  • Level II generally ~5 mm thick- Often worn by police officers and a balanced choice between blunt trauma protection, cost and thickness/conceal-ability/comfort. Recommend if concealment under light clothing is a priority.
  • Level IIIA generally ~8 - 9 mm thick- Thicker, stiffer, heavier and more expensive but will stop more of the uncommon pistol threats. Tested for 9mm sub-machine gun and .44 magnum; plus it offers more blunt trauma impact protection.

 

Do you offer wholesale pricing?- Yes. If you are interested in purchasing 10+ items, please contact us for quantity pricing.

 

What is the legality of purchasing/owning a bulletproof product?- Convicted felons may not be in possession of any body armor. 

 

Do you offer any discounts for Military/Law Enforcement/Teachers? – Yes, we happily offer a 10% discount. For more information on how to receive this discount, click here.

 

Who can I contact if I have additional comments, questions, or concerns?- Feel free to email us at info@bulletblocker.com or call us at 1 (978) 224-1172 to speak to a Bullet Blocker staff member Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM EST. Please note that the best way to reach us is always by email, as it allows us to better address your specific needs. For a complete list of our contact information, please click here.

 

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