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A bulletproof hoodie: The ultimate fashion item for Britain's lawless teenagers
The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4/3/08 | n/a

Posted on 04/05/2008 9:44:42 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim

Youths on Britain's increasingly dangerous streets will soon be able to equip themselves with bulletproof hoodies - fuelling fears of a further increase in lawlessness.

The hoodie can allegedly stop a bullet from a 9mm Magnum handgun and protects the entire upper body.

The £300 top goes on sale later this month.

While the hoodie is being marketed as a sensible precaution, critics will certainly see bulletproof protection as another step up in the spiralling violence among Britain's youngsters - by prompting gangs to arm themselves even more heavily.

Barry Samms, who owns its British manufacturer Bladerunner, said today: "This hoodie stops bullets.

"Last year we launched a knife-resistant hooded top in the UK and it's selling very well. I was taken aback at how well it has sold."

He insisted that buyers of the previous top had not been confined to youths who hang around in the streets.

"We have sold those hoodies to people from every walk of life. We have sold them to NHS staff, teachers, bus drivers, train drivers and we even had a priest call up," Mr Samms said.

"When we launched the hoodies which stop knives we thought our main customers would be young males but it has really been anything but that.

"We have sold them to women who go jogging in the morning or at night and to people who catch the late train home."

The maker says the advantage of the black, machine-washable tops - which look much the same as normal hoodies - is that they do not draw attention to themselves like more conventional forms of body protection.

"I had a mother ring me last week because her son had been robbed three times in Walthamstow and she was worried about him," said Mr Samms.

"She was initially asking about stab-proof vests but I told her that these tend to attract attention. The hoodies don't cause this kind of problem."

Mr Samms, 34, said his company's new bulletproof tops were being aimed mainly at US customers - though enquiries had come from people in Britain as well.

"There are a lot of people concerned about gun crime," he said.

"I don't think it's such a problem in the UK because of the tough licensing laws. But bulletproof clothing is not as ridiculous as it first seems."



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: banglist; crimecorruption

1 posted on 04/05/2008 9:44:43 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim
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To: Joe Brower

“9mm Magnum”?


2 posted on 04/05/2008 9:47:59 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Code Pink should guard against creating stereotypes in the Mincing Community." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: kiriath_jearim

The super strict gun control laws in Britain must really be working.


3 posted on 04/05/2008 9:48:51 AM PDT by detective
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To: Slings and Arrows
“9mm Magnum”?

Commonly used in Pump-action, semiautic revolvers. A well known terrorist weapon.

4 posted on 04/05/2008 9:50:35 AM PDT by VR-21
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To: Slings and Arrows

Such a cartridge exists, but I’m sure it’s not the one they had in mind.


5 posted on 04/05/2008 9:50:58 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: kiriath_jearim

This is a left over April fools joke. I think there was another thread about it IIRC.


6 posted on 04/05/2008 9:51:21 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: kiriath_jearim

I can understand the concern. After all wearing one of these could be construed as self defense and that isn’t allowed without major legal consequences.


8 posted on 04/05/2008 10:45:17 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Heller: The defining moment of our Republic)
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To: kiriath_jearim
Good morning.
“The hoodie can allegedly stop a bullet from a 9mm Magnum handgun...”

LOL! I'll bet that line immediately caught the eye of every member of the Bang list.

Michael Frazier

9 posted on 04/05/2008 10:50:09 AM PDT by brazzaville (No surrender, no retreat. Well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: kiriath_jearim

I think I’d go with the knife shirt, personally.


10 posted on 04/05/2008 10:59:40 AM PDT by Squeako (Obama because he's black, Clinton because she's a woman, McCain because he's a Vet/POW. No thanks.)
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To: All

What is the name of the company that makes him. I may buy some stock in them.

Sadly with all the shootings going around today, this might be the next hot product.


11 posted on 04/05/2008 11:00:13 AM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (Rush wouldn't lift a finger to help Fred or Duncan, yet he shills for Hillary. Rush is a fat idiot.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Image hosted by Photobucket.com .38Super???
12 posted on 04/05/2008 11:14:47 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: brazzaville

Good morning.
“The hoodie can allegedly stop a bullet from a 9mm Magnum handgun...”
LOL! I’ll bet that line immediately caught the eye of every member of the Bang list.

Michael Frazier

Yeah, I wonder if that’s due to them switching everything over to metric. After all, the .357 Magnum and the 9mm Parabellum use the same diameter of bullet. So if they’ve switched all their nomenclature to metric...

There’s also a zillion wildcat cartridges that use 9mm diameter bullets so there is almost certainly a couple of them that are called 9mm Magnum, but I doubt they were talking about any of those.


13 posted on 04/05/2008 11:36:02 AM PDT by RatSlayer
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To: RatSlayer

I’ve got a box of 50. The company name is Magnum and the load is too hot for my G26 (according the to recommended load) and I had to mark it for the G19 I have....


14 posted on 04/05/2008 11:40:59 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: kiriath_jearim

Well.

Ain’t I just flat-footed! And here I thought all their smarmy, self-congratulatory “we don’t allow the law abiding to own guns” and “America is just so...so...VIOLENT!” snipping was the TRUTH!

Is this the proof the anti-gun morons are looking for? (don’t look for THIS bit of news to hit the pop media anytime soon.)


15 posted on 04/05/2008 11:41:41 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That’s what I’m thinking.

WTF is a 9mm Magnum?


16 posted on 04/05/2008 1:05:01 PM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sad thing is our range was contacted by police about a strip club shooting in which a 9mm magnum was used—yes the round exists.

Seems when they scoured the lot they found several casings of various makes and calibers but this was the one one used to shoot the victim—and it was a factory produced 9mm mag case.

Don’t know if this caliber is something more common overseas, but I am just guessing someone was trying to make it sound big and bad—sells more news ya’know.


17 posted on 04/05/2008 1:53:31 PM PDT by BudgieRamone (God loves machinists--someone has to..:))
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To: Slings and Arrows

http://www.securityarms.com/20010315/galleryfiles/1200/1266.htm

But I doubt the authors knew about it. They just had to maximize the hyperbole of the article. Stupid journalists.

By the way, I can’t wait for the new .327 Magnum to be popular. The numbers on it look promising.


18 posted on 04/05/2008 2:11:43 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Vote against the dem party)
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To: Shooter 2.5

the SP101 chanbered for that looks almost - well, tiny... and it can handle all the other 32 carts out there.

Birthday comeing up..... another new Ak or SP101.... so many choices.


19 posted on 04/05/2008 3:20:43 PM PDT by ASOC (I know I don't look like much, but I raised a US Marine!)
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