|The worst part about getting older is that good things come to an end.
BLUF (bottom line up front): We’re retiring from the body armor and surplus business. The good news is that we’ve found some really good folks to carry on the Patriot Plate tradition.
We’re also closing down the surplus store. We’re going through all of the onesies and twosies that we have left. Over the next 30 days or so, we’ll be getting the stuff on the web site and offering incredible closeout prices.
About six years ago, Terri and I were disappointed that body armor for regular folks was either too expensive or not good quality. We decided that there must be something that could be done – after all, this was the good old USA!
Well, we started to do some research. Quite frankly, folks didn’t want to sell body armor for regular folks.
We discovered this guy named “Wisco Dave” Deitz who actually tried this at home with a handheld plasma cutter. While the first products weren’t pretty, they worked. I decided that I’d try this. Well, no one around sold 4×8 sheets of the armor anymore. So we continued.
We found this guy Kenny Lane, who has one of the best web sites around for information and entertainment. He offered help and advice too.
JC Dodge became an ally and sounding board for tactical stuff. His website is amazing for real, practical skills.
These guys ended up being some of our best friends in the world.
We finally figured out how to make the plates, and the first ones were amazing. We continued to improve them, getting them curved, powder coating them, getting “approved” labels, you name it.
Along the way, we met some of the best folks in the world (you!). Friendly and honest, they were the kind of folks that we wanted to call friends. Over time, our customers became family. We also found this guy DR who actually analyzes armor as a hobby! One of the smartest guys I know regarding armor, and his blog is a treasure trove of information.
Well, as much fun as this is and was, we continued to get older. When we first started selling it, we carried ten plates to a crate. Then eight, then six, finally four.
We’d been planning on our retirement for a number of years, and amazingly found the perfect house and land almost by accident. We’re in the process of moving to northern Alabama.
As exciting as it is to move to our “last” house, it’s been an emotional roller coaster. I am so proud of what we accomplished with Patriot Plate. I am equally so happy that we were able to meet so many great Patriots, and were able to furnish quality armor at a reasonable price to regular folks. We just couldn’t do it anymore.
Well, we shared this information with some of our closer friends and one of them asked about carrying one the Patriot Plate legacy! I was surprised. After some long conversations, I realized that they wanted to be the stewards of Patriot Plate to continue the dream. We wrote up some paperwork, and on 18 June, they will be the new owners of Patriot Plate.
These are good folks. Charles Donaldson and Bernie Major are solid citizens. They understand the notions of honor, warrior and preparedness. They are active in the physical security world, and currently have a web presence selling security gear.
I’ve hooked them up with the same suppliers, finish work folks and now you folks. They will be providing Patriot Plate to our community just like we did. Here’s what they have to say:
I met Doc about 5 yrs ago at a gun show and felt a kinship between the two of us that turned into a friendship.
We both have a passion for helping others and in this case it’s the ability to affordably protect your family and oneself. My partner in SPEAR GROUP sec/ SPEAR GEAR and I have a passion for security on all levels from providing personal security, to firearms training, to quality equipment.
We understand that the tide has changed and the EVIL in our Country has evolved from basic thieves and thugs to well trained, organized, and highly motivated career criminals who will not hesitate to pull the trigger and take lives.
I see part of the problem on the individual level is the reality of the world we now live in is not recognized for the TRUE BRUTALITY of it.
To not be trained/prepared in our Country today is a mindset that reflects those leaning way to far to the left and who choose to live in denial.
One of the freedoms we have here in our Country is not just the right to defend yourself, but also the right to own body armor.
I meet too many of those who have more weapons that just sit in their safe, but incredibly enough not a single piece of Armor. Why do so many GOOD men and families not own a single piece of body armor.
We are now also distributors of WARRIOR Assault systems carriers and soft products out of the U.K. Warriors material, webbing and threads are imported direct from the USA. All their MultiCam, Coyote Tan, Ranger Green, OD Green and Black products are certified military spec. quality, MultiCam and Coyote Tan come with N.I.R. Infra-red and UV light treatment. Many of the products have been developed following direct feedback from current UK Special Forces and front line military units serving in combat theatres such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Warrior gear has been tried, tested and proven in the most intense and critical of environments – war.
We at Spear Gear believe in making a difference, provide equipment that we use ourselves and will continue to push forward and provide OUR MIL-A spec Body ARMOR at a competitive price to those who only offer Body Steel (AR500) and offer SOFT PRODUCTS from WARRIOR.
Thank you in advance for your further support and looking forward to servicing you in anyway necessary.
I’d appreciate it if you folks would give them the support that you gave Terri and I all of these years. We won’t miss carrying around the plates, but we will miss all of you. Thanks for everything.
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