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November 8, 2011

The IMPACT Ballistic Clipboard is a bulletproof clipboard, designed for police use

The IMPACT Ballistic Clipboard is a bulletproof clipboard, designed for police use

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Although police officers in most countries are issued bulletproof vests, they don't necessarily wear them at all times - would you want to heave one of those things around for an entire shift? What they do often carry, however, are clipboards. Taking the "every little bit helps" approach, Ohio's IMPACT Armor Technologies has put two and two together, and come up with something that should actually offer some protection - a Ballistic Clipboard.

Besides holding arrest warrants, speeding tickets and other cop-type papers, the clipboard is also capable of stopping bullets. It reportedly "provides multi-hit protection against 9 mm, .357, .40, and .44 mag rounds" at up to point blank range, in hot or cold temperatures. It is also said to protect against knives and blunt weapons. Unlike a vest, however, it weighs less than two pounds (907 grams).

The IMPACT Ballistic Clipboard provides multi-hit protection against 9mm, .357, .40, and ....

While some people might picture an officer desperately trying trying to hide their entire body behind a clipboard, it presumably isn't intended to work that way. More likely, in situations where an assailant fires wildly at an officer's chest, there would actually be a pretty good chance of their bullet striking the clipboard instead.

It's apparently not that wacky of an idea, as IMPACT first designed the device in response to a request from local law enforcement personnel. Additionally, the company is not the only one offering such a product. Although the somewhat riot shield-like design of IMPACT's clipboard is unique, more ordinary-looking bulletproof clipboards are available from several other manufacturers.

The Ballistic Clipboard can be purchased via the IMPACT website, for US$150.

The video below contains more information on the product.

Source: OhGizmo!

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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14 Comments

Actually a brilliant idea, especially in America and other countries when gun & knife crime is high.

Spuds-Makenzie
9th November, 2011 @ 12:49 am PST

Wear your vest and protect your head with the clipboard.

Remember the more legally owned guns in an area the lower the crime rate including "gun crimes".

Slowburn
9th November, 2011 @ 07:56 am PST

see a bullet resistance T-shirt

http://armoslimited.com/

Vlady Feldman
9th November, 2011 @ 09:00 am PST

Make it round, and use the colors of the flag, oh and a star in the middle... there's an idea!

poker-pauly
9th November, 2011 @ 09:01 am PST

@Slowburn - Pretty sure you're confusing correlation with causation there.

beavertank
9th November, 2011 @ 11:32 am PST

@Slowburn - "Remember the more legally owned guns in an area the lower the crime rate including 'gun crimes'"

Hey! Great slogan! Now, let's take a look at something more than dogma and propaganda, shall we:

Statistics, like science facts, don't lie!

The following table begs to differ with your assertion... considerably!

Released by the National Institute of Health (NIH), this table reveals, in fact, that from 1988 to 1997, states with the greatest gun ownership had anywhere from THREE to SEVEN TIMES as many homicides BY GUN across ALL age ranges and categories listed than states with the lowest gun ownership.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447364/table/t3/

Homicide Deaths in States With the Highest vs the Lowest Average Gun Ownership Prevalence Index, 1988 - 1997

The following page shows that the stats between 1998 and 2002 reveal much the same:

http://books.google.com/books?id=_6kJWGgXi4wC&pg=PA240&lpg=PA240&dq=%E2%80%94Homicide+Deaths+in+States+With+the+Highest+vs+the+Lowest+Average+Gun+Ownership+Prevalence+Index,&source=bl&ots=95bcKgvLmY&sig=hc19YlxLIPcid2YRD2GDf-ZW-kg&hl=en&ei=WfG6Tp-wCsLOgAfd0LHgCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CFkQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q&f=false

Private Guns, Public Health By David Hemenway (Data gathered from the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Survey)

If you would like to conduct further analysis of the data for these and later years up to 2010, here is a link to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) data sets from which these other analyses were made:

http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/index.htm

CDC Behavioral Risk Factors Survey (includes years 1984 thru 2010)

Remember...

Statements based on real facts and stats bolster an argument.

Statements given without evidence and proven to be false reveal an agenda and disingenuous intent.

kalqlate
9th November, 2011 @ 02:16 pm PST

Cool idea.

You know, the term gun crime is really silly. Its already a crime to try and kill a cop, no matter if you do it with a gun, knife, or a vehicle. I dont see why any of them should get more preference in stats, because, if you are enough of a scumbag to try and kill a cop, then who cares what you are trying to do it with?

Bryan Spiegel
10th November, 2011 @ 09:20 am PST

In 2003 Colorado passed a Shall Issue concealed weapon permit law there for anybody meeting the requirements who applies for a permit now is issued one. The number of legally carried concealed weapons is of course increasing. The crime rate peaked in 2005 and has trended down since. More law abiding people with guns less crime.

from http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/cocrime.htm

Year Population Index Violent Property Murder Rape* Robbery assault#

2002 4,501,051 195,936 15,882 180,054 179 2,066 3,579 10,058

2003 4,547,633 197,449 15,757 179,709 185 1,913 3,738 9,921

2004 4,601,259 197,441 17,121 180,322 201 1,945 3,739 11,236 2005 4,663,295 206,947 18,498 188,449 173 2,026 3,94 12,351

2006 4,753,377 182,660 18,616 164,054 158 2,076 3,835 12,547

2007 4,861,515 163,047 16,906 146,141 153 1,998 3,453 11,302 2008 4,935,213 158,236 17,129 141,107 156 2,094 3,369 11,510

2009 5,024,748 151,218 17,022 134,196 159 2,269 3,371 11,223

2010 5,029,196 151,125 16,133 134, 992 120 2,198 3,132 10,683

2011 unavailable

*Forcible Rape

#Aggravated Assault

Please Forgive my not taking numbers from the CDC seriously. If someone ate an eighth of a bowl of potato salad that made the other seven people who ate of it sick with salmonella and becomes sick with salmonella but also admits that he ate a raw egg his case of salmonella will be recorded by the CDC as being caused by the raw egg not the potato salad that sickened the other seven people. This is usually called Political Tampering with the numbers. .

Slowburn
10th November, 2011 @ 12:20 pm PST

Statistics lie all the time, especially from the people recording the numbers.

tampa florida
11th November, 2011 @ 06:53 am PST

I think this is a great addition .. it is true.. every bit helps

To answer the previous comment about 'gun crimes' yes, it is already illegal to try to kill a cop by any other means, but theose other means require some level of skill, or at least determination.. with guns , however, any old maroon can fire them without a moment's thought..

The reason guns are so prevelant in the US is because of a misunderstanding of the original gun rights legislation.. which was to give ordinary citizens the right to protect themselves from over-zealous tyrannical governments trying to retain all the power over it's citizens.

However, the problem is that guns can no longer serve that function, and are no longer the weapon of choice by tyrants anyways.

They use misinformation, and control of information and the internet.

And yet, the same people lobbying for 'gun freedom' are supportive of increased control of the media flow..

What a mixed up country

sgdeluxedoc
11th November, 2011 @ 09:54 am PST

re; sgdeluxedoc

"The reason guns are so prevelant in the US is because of a misunderstanding of the original gun rights legislation.. which was to give ordinary citizens the right to protect themselves from over-zealous tyrannical governments trying to retain all the power over it's citizens."

Actually we supporters of the second amendment do not misunderstand its purpose.

"However, the problem is that guns can no longer serve that function, and are no longer the weapon of choice by tyrants anyways."

Actually guns still do a real good job serving that function. That is why the Authoritarian Statists are so intent on taking them away.

I have never heard any gun rights supporter who wished to muzzle the media, we just wish there were more conservative voices in it.

Slowburn
11th November, 2011 @ 08:30 pm PST

97% of statistics are made up on the spot. The other 97% of statistics are made up by our Government in a fallacious attempt to "prove" whatever agenda they're trying to achieve. The last 97% of statistics are true, of course!!!

semajretrac
16th December, 2011 @ 02:26 pm PST

great idea, but imagine holding in hand, can ur hand withstand the bullet force?? beware of ur finger thou

chiwawa
2nd June, 2012 @ 06:16 pm PDT

not to rain on your paraid but i know cops who have had these for over ten years now.

KoalaStorm
16th November, 2012 @ 06:39 pm PST
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