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Ready To Go Pack: The Future of the Concealed Body Armor

The Problem.

You’re standing in the frozen pizza aisle of your local grocery store and then it happens…You hear what’s as if someone is setting off firecrackers underneath your feet. Within a matter of what seems like hours, you gain the truth of what the chaos really is. Someone running down the main aisle yells out, “He’s got a gun, he’s got a gun!” As you peek around the corner to verify the allegations, hoping it is not true, you see people too afraid to run, so instead they just frantically text their family to tell them they love them; one last time.

These are true and real accounts of the recent Colorado Walmart shooting. According to massshootingtracker.org, there have been 397 mass shootings (mass shooting meaning 4 or more dead or injured) this year alone. We all hope and pray that we never encounter these types of situations, but these days, we don’t get that choice very often. And it happens when we least expect it. The only thing we can do is be more prepared for when it does happen.

The Solution: The Ready To Go Pack.

This is where Citizen Armor’s new Ready To Go Pack comes in. This high-quality, modular armored system is the perfect way to protect yourself and your loved ones from harm. Whether you are in an active shooter, home invasion or strong-arm robbery at the local gas-station, your vitals and other important organs can be protected.

The OGIO™ backpack provides you with great storage space for your items and plenty of pockets, but the real magic is the armor system inside. The 7-year warranty armor provides you with protection against most common handgun calibers and types of rounds (hollow point, FMJ, Solid, etc.) while still staying under 4.5lbs. All you have to do is pull on the large, reinforced handle up and over your head, secure the velcro flaps to the back of the pack and just like that, you are Ready To Go.

Ready to Go Pack

In a matter of seconds, you can not only have front armor protection, but also armor protecting your back. So no matter how many threats you face you are more likely to come out of that dangerous situation alive.

We all hope and pray that we never encounter these types of situations, but these days, we don’t get that choice very often.

We, at Citizen Armor never want you to make a purchase based out of fear and anxiety, but rather, based on the peace of mind you will have knowing that you have protection moments away from being deployed. A sense of security to you and your family is priceless. Don’t let someone else determine your fate: Be protected. Be prepared for anything this world may throw at you.

 

 

visit www.citizenarmor.com/ready-to-go/ for more information and details on this revolutionary pack.

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My Day with the Vest

Unnoticeable Armor

My supervisor came into work yesterday wearing one of his typical outfits: khaki pants and a checkered short sleeve. The only difference was that he was wearing his shirt un-tucked. I didn’t really think anything of it, though. About an hour later, once my supervisor had made the rounds and seen everyone at the office he came back and told me he was wearing one of our vests underneath his shirt. I had not noticed at all. He told me that the owners here had challenged him to wear the vest over the weekend and report to them about his experiences.

I was honestly shocked that I did not notice the vest even a little. Immediately I was impressed that we produced such an unnoticeable piece of armor, but my supervisor let me know that it was a process to get to that point. So I asked him to tell me his experience.

The Funeral

My supervisor realized that the vest was less noticeable if he wore his shirt un-tucked. He had a funeral to attend, and that it definitely a tucked-in shirt kind of event, so he was really struggling. He told me that tons of people at the funeral kept coming up to him and asking if he was okay. Apparently everyone there thought the vest was a back brace. It really annoyed him that everyone thought he was injured, when he actually felt more invincible than ever before. The vest was just showing too much.

Out and About

He did say that it was fun wearing it out and about. When he went to Wal-mart and saw some interesting looking people he didn’t try to avoid them. He said that he didn’t care at all when he was wearing the vest, but that he normally would have. I read him recount other little snippets of his day, but reported that it was also really hot. He said he was sweating all day long with the vest on underneath his shirt. So, he needed to tweak it a little.

Finding Solutions

I didn’t notice my supervisor’s vest when he came into work yesterday  because he was wearing a bigger shirt than he normally wears. He told me he bought a shirt a size larger than usual because it made the vest less noticeable. It also made it less hot while wearing the vest because there was more “wiggle room” between the skin and the vest, and the vest and the shirt. I would like to mention that I also didn’t think his shirt looked too big for him–I had no idea it was a size larger than he usually wears.

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Season Of Thanks

America: Something To Be Thankful For

In the end of 2008 I set off on a big adventure: I was moving to Tijuana, Mexico.

To live in a foreign country, having little to no training in the culture and language (not to mention all the other important things you should know when moving to a foreign place) was a big deal to me. I had never left the United States before. I grew up in one of the richest counties in the nation, had parents that loved me and supported me, went to a good school and had good friends. Needless to say, I was a spoiled, American kid in a “well-off” family.

The first night in Tijuana was insane. Although I had been taught the language in a 6-week crash course, I had no idea what anyone was saying. Within 5 hours of being in Mexico and on my first ride to my new apartment we had rear-ended a car in front of us and of course, I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt. Luckily everyone was OK, but with no insurance, my driver had to ask a friend to bring him 2,000 pesos (around $200) to pay off the driver of the car we hit. When I finally reached my new apartment around midnight, I learned just how lucky we are to live in America. I heard gunshots ring out constantly through the night, watched dozens of mangled, disease-stricken dogs prowl through the neighborhood and the local police use the streets as their own personal racetrack.

 

Throughout the year and a half I lived in Tijuana, I saw many things that I never would see happen in the United States.

So for this Thanksgiving, and really every day I have been back since, I am thankful for this country, what it stands for and the opportunities it gives us every day that we take for granted.

The next time you catch yourself complaining about OUR country, just remember, you are better off than most…

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I Think It’s Time We Had A Talk…

On November 14, 2017, we had—yet again—another shooting on public school grounds. As many people know, these schools are “gun-free zones”. Whether you support those or not, one thing is for certain…these horrible incidents are not going to go away anytime soon. And unfortunately, these tragedies are only becoming more and more frequent. This is why it is a must for parents to consistently teach their children important, life-saving tactics and provide them with tools that can help save their life. This is not based on fear but rather based on a peace of mind. Here are a few thoughts:

On average in the United States police response times can range from 4 minutes to 1 hour. What does this mean? There will most likely be more people injured while you wait for our heroes to show up…unless you do something about it. So now the question is, how can I as a civilian minimize injury and death? That answer is simple.

Practice smart tactics. Then practice them again.

Although the mindset is slowly changing throughout the districts, the common practice right now in schools is to huddle together in a corner of the classroom, away from doors and windows. To the untrained, this seems like the best and only option; it is not. Law Enforcement and other trained professionals are now teaching to secure the door with heavy objects, tie a belt around the hinge of the door, and arm yourself with surrounding items to distract and overwhelm the threat. These tactics have been tested by several Law Enforcement agencies and they have proven to dramatically reduce injuries and fatalities.

Using a belt on a door hinge can be a great deterrent and stop a threat from entering a room.

On average in the United States police response times can range from 4 minutes to 1 hour.

We must as families, communities, schools, and fellow citizens should not be afraid to prepare for these types of events. The more we prepare, the better chance we have at survival and the more peace of mind we will have. Someone very wise once told me, “Your body cannot go where the mind has not already been”. This is essential for self-defense and it cannot go unpracticed. Unfortunately, we as normal citizens can no longer rely on first responders to “take care of business”. It is time for us to take some added responsibility and help the situation—in any way possible—before help arrives.

Armor Inserts

Now, small, young children can only take so much training and some parents do not teach their children life-saving tactics due to lack of experience or simply out of fear, but there is another option. Giving your child the tools to protect him or herself is essential in an active shooter situation. Armor inserts are an easy, discrete and reliable way to protect your children. A small piece of protective armor which weighs less than a pound can make all the difference and has the potential to save one’s life. It is always better to have it, and not need it, then to need it and not have it.

I urge all parents to take the time to get educated on what works and what doesn’t. Train, and then train some more and most importantly give your children the correct tools to help protect them. This knowledge can save lives, but it needs to be implemented first…

Click here to learn more about how you can protect you and your family from the evils of the world. Also, visit citizenarmor.com/inserts and use TALK10 coupon code for 10% OFF any armor insert purchase.

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Rotten Hard Candy and Soft Body Armor.

The Story of Hard Candy

A friend told me a funny story recently that has an important application to body armor. Eight years ago, my friend and his wife were helping his mother-in-law prepare for a move. When they came to her food storage they found 3 or 4 #10 cans of hard candy that were over 30 years old. 

The mother-in-law adamantly explained that she bought that hard candy because, when times were rough, the hard candy could be used as a method of currency. She could use it for bartering.  When my friend suggested to her that they open  one of the #10 cans, she exclaimed that sugar does not go bad. My friend was  not so sure, so he opened one. What he found inside was a black mess he compared to tar. Hm, not so appetizing. As you can imagine, the tins of candy got added to the pile of stuff to take to the dump.

Now, fast forward to just a few days ago. The mother-in-law is now living with my friend and his wife. They were helping her “dejunk”  the other day to stay prepared for “the inevitable”. They were surprised to discover one of the #10 cans that they thought had been thrown out. When asked, my friend’s mother-in-law admitted to sneaking one tin away and had kept it ever since.

Peace of Mind

My friend was laughing as he said to me, “Why? Why on Earth did she keep that nasty, totally unusable candy?” We decided together that she didn’t keep that tin because she wanted the candy, of course not. She sneaked that tin away from the trash pile because it represents something to her that we all seek: peace of mind.

I mean, honestly–that candy was already rotten eight years ago, but she still kept it until just a few days ago. They brought all the other expired food and worthless junk to the dump and that was fine with her. She just could not let go of the candy. When you think about it, it makes sense. It may not be a #10 can of candy, but I keep around stuff that symbolizes peace of mind for me. I’ve come to understand that her behavior wasn’t unreasonable–we all latch on to things that give us a feeling of security.

The Real Strength of Soft Body Armor

Body armor is becoming more and more popular because it is starting to be seen as a necessity. People want peace of mind. Just as my friend’s mother-in-law wanted to keep that candy because, for her, it was a symbol of being able to make it through a hard time, so it is with body armor. You never know when you will need to barter with candy to keep food on the table, and you also never know when you will need to be protected because you find yourself in a dangerous situation. We cannot ever know exactly when, but it is becoming more and more likely that it will happen to us. Just like she needed the candy, we need the body armor, to give us that treasured peace of mind.

Our body armor is state-of-the-art protection that provides real security. It will give you real peace of mind.

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2 Found Dead in Powell Murder-Suicide

August 7, 2017- POWELL, WYOMING

2 Fatalities; Murder/Suicide; Domestic Violence.

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2 Shot at Motel 6 in Floresville

August 7, 2017- FLORESVILLE, TEXAS

2 Injuries.

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Home Invasion in Little Rock

August 6, 2017- LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

1 Fatality, 2 Injuries; Home Invasion.

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Mass Shooting in Allendale

August 5, 2017- ALLENDALE, SOUTH CAROLINA

1 Fatality, 3 Injuries; Mass Shooting (4+ victims injured or killed excluding the subject/suspect/perpetrator, one location).

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When and Where do Most Shooting Occur?

See this Statistical Report of shootings in the US for 2016 – 2017

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School Shootings: Just how Bad is it?

Are School and Child involved Shootings on the Rise?

School is starting up again soon and with it comes the excitement of a new teacher and a new classroom. These are important aspects of the lives of our children. We want school to be an ever-positive experience, yet we keep hearing that schools are becoming more dangerous. We decided to find out if this claim is true. The graph below shows our findings. We plotted all  school and child involved shootings for the past 3 years in the state of Texas. Our findings show that school shootings are, in fact, on the rise. The jump between the 2014-2015 school year to the 2015-2016 school year is not as dramatic. There was a 37% increase. But the jump between the 2015-2016 school year and the 2016-2017 school year almost doubled with incidents: there was an 89% increase.

Texas shootings chart

It’s safe to say that we all felt pretty certain that things were getting worse, but such a significant increase in violence between the past two years is beyond alarming. We have spent time worrying, but maybe now it’s time to take action.

What Can We Do?

There are options for possible measures we can take to protect our children and help their school experiences remain positive. First off, we should arm ourselves with information. Citizen Armor has created a video series and a written report, both of which contain suggestions from the Department of Homeland Security about what to do in an active shooter situation. These mediums give valuable information for how to protect us and our children without becoming paranoid.

Information is a very important tool, but we also need to consider methods of physical protection. Citizen Armor has a perfect product for protecting our children while at school: the backpack insert.

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Backpack Shield Insert (click for information)

Backpack Insert (with optional GPS Tracker)

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GPS Child Tracker

The insert is a bulletproof shield that slides easily into any backpack. The material harnesses the ballistic potential of carbon nanotubes, which makes the insert ultra-lightweight and flexible. The armor insert is less than 1/4 inch thick and weighs about a pound. It is available in Threat Level II and Level IIIA. With this tool we can train our children to use their backpacks as a protective shield.

Citizen Armor will also be introducing a new protective product soon: a GPS Tracker. This tool will be the perfect way to always know precisely where our children are, at any time. With this tracker, we can teach our children to always flee from a scene of danger since we will be able to find exactly where they are. We never have to find ourselves frantically searching for our children around the neighborhood while a gunman is on the loose. The tracker can be integrated into the shield or used independently.

The increase in school and child related violence is too dramatic to simply sit still and worry–we need to do something to protect our children. The time has come to get informed and take protective measures for our children. We can all benefit from the peace of mind that protection provides.

What cities are the most dangerous?

Click on the state link below to see statistics for shootings by city:

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