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Amish ironworks promotes a plain bullet barrier as a hedge against civil disorder

Joseph N. DiStefano, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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The barriers have been tested at Underwriters Laboratories-approved testing ranges. The Security Industry Association gave Bullistic Barriers its 2021 Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection new product award at the ISC West trade show.

In a testimonial, Curt A. Martinez, police chief in West Caln Township, called RaDeBuRe "another tool that could assist police and security officials," helping "save a lot of man-hours and time" in closing streets amid unrest and "protecting people and their possessions."

When Glick's team developed the products, at first "everyone was thinking we might use Kevlar armor plate" from DuPont, Glick recalls. "But I said, 'We're not going to take that approach,' given the cost and the aesthetics."

"We looked at laminates, composites, with rubber and plastic. Would they be stable in a [hot] environment, like South Florida? You name it, we did informal ballistic testing, and zeroed in on what works."

They settled on an alloy-metal skin with a coating that Glick calls a "secret potion." Compass built and tested garage doors with the combination. "Then we applied for a patent and started presenting it at the trade shows, like the 2018 American Society for Industrial Security at the Javits Center" in New York City.

Early calls flooded in from government offices, including a West Coast foreign consulate, as well as school and religious-minority groups.

 

"We came up with a design that would allow you to set up a fence across the Capitol steps and other uneven terrain."

The first installation was at a day-care center run by a "significant global company" that Glick said doesn't want to be named. It's in the Midwest, in a neighborhood where a toddler was killed in a shooting a few blocks away earlier this year.

The Amish use firearms, like other tools, for hunting. But they reject violence in their own dealings. Glick sees no inconsistency between his Amish beliefs and a business that responds to the threat of violence.

"It's a very controversial issue, and I don't know the answer," Glick said. "But I know we have a product that gives safety."

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