The CEO of Texas Armoring Corporation, Trent Kimball, believes that his San Antonio company slogan, “Life is valuable; protect it,” goes beyond just words. He decided to prove that his armored vehicles do save lives, especially his own. Mr. Kimball wanted to assure his clients that safety is paramount to success in the armored vehicle industry by actually sitting in the driver’s seat of a Mercedes-Benz GL-Series SUV while sharpshooter Lawrence Kosub fired 12 rounds of 7.62x39mm from an AK-47 at its windshield. Although the entire vehicle had received TAC’s high-power rifle protection package, only the windshield was damaged from gunfire.
Armored cars go beyond the usual “cash in transit” vehicles that are used by companies like Brinks, Dunbar, and Loomis. TAC offers bulletproof packages for sedans, vans, and SUVs for transporting VIPs. TAC completely dismantles the vehicle’s interior and covers the floor, ceiling, doors, fuel tank, and firewall with ballistic material. The company also upgrades the suspension and brakes to support the added weight. The stock windows and windshield are replaced with two-inch thick glass that fit perfectly in the window channels. Finally, the vehicle is fitted with high-performance run-flat-tire inserts. The vehicle’s interior is then carefully reassembled to restore the factory fit and finish before the conversion process.
TAC produces the lightest weight armored passenger vehicles in the world that set the standard for luxury and finish by using advanced materials and manufacturing techniques.
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(h/t: Mad World News)
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