Guest Post: Armored Vehicles

I was contacted a couple weeks ago by a representative for The Armored Group, LLC, asking if we’d like a guest post on something a bit different – armored vehicles. The Armor Group specializes in selling new and used armored vehicles: everything from strengthened limos and sedans all the way up to ex-SWAT vehicles, money transit vehicles, and bulletproof trucks. I jumped at the opportunity to have something different and cool on the blog; how often do you see a Brinks truck with the heavily armored sides with gun ports, bulletproof glass, and run-flat tires and go, “Damn. That could be useful someday…”? While it may be one of the more extravagant things a prepper could pick up for him/herself and family, it undoubtedly could be a godsend in times of panic when you need to get your family and precious cargo to a safer spot. Maybe you own a business that would be profitable after a cataclysmic event and you’d like to keep things rolling – this may be a viable option.

 

The Armored Group is a world-wide company, with sales branches in several countries in Africa, Canada, and the US, along with manufacturing hubs in Brazil, the middle east, Canada, China, and several US states. Their website shows many of the options and vehicles they offer (no prices are listed; youhave to contact them if you’re interested.). They have some seriously cool vehicles in their inventory; check ’em out then check out the post. Maybe it’ll get your wheels turning…..

 

Have a safe day!

-TRW

 

 

 

Used Armored Vehicle (Armored Group) Guest Post:

What Are the Benefits of International Cargo Transport?

 

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If you had to name the top types of overseas cargo, what comes to mind? Answers could include money, pharmaceutical drugs, jewelry, art, construction materials, food, drink, weapons, ammo, pieces of history, or perhaps even foreign aid. There is a common ground for any of the above answers. Do you know what it is? All of these are in high demand and are even more susceptible to theft. Whether you are a business owner or a product consumer, you may have seldom thought about where the products are arriving or departing from. Other thoughts to consider are whether the type of transport used could be at risk of interception and if the safety of the products could be compromised. The most common types of international cargo transportation are by ground, water or air.

 

 

What benefits can each of these methods provide?

Before answering this question, it is important to understand how your cargo’s transportation may need to take into consideration the outside environmental elements it may encounter. If it is art, medical supplies or perishable items, air conditioning will need to be put in place. If it is jewelry or artillery, extra secure storage will serve as a strong deterrent. Planes are great for their speed and the ability to transport large amounts of products all at once. While airports and planes have extensive security measures to board and remove cargo that are carefully monitored, even the tightest of procedures can still fail. Flight paths and schedules are published, so this information can easily put any given plane at risk of hijacking or interception. Planes also characteristically take the same flight path to avoid any flight collisions with other aviary transportation.

Freight ships can transport larger scale items such as vehicles or heavy-duty ammunition. However, they do not move as quickly as planes. Ships, while well constructed, can also fall victim to attack. Let us not forget how Titanic taught us how even the most sturdy construction can still sink, taking its prized cargo with it. Can you imagine how destructive water can be on your inventory?

Nowadays, millions of people take advantage of modern vehicle technology that was merely a pipe dream 130 years ago before the first patented motorized vehicle hit the market! The most effective vehicles that remain safe from the worst artillery fire or improvised explosive devices (IED) are armored types. Armored vehicle companies offer a vast array of features to protect the vehicle’s inhabitants and its cargo.

 

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What type of cargo protection can armored vehicles offer?

Run flat tires – These types of tires will continue to allow the vehicle to move even when the opposition shoots out your tires. Depending on the tire manufacturer, these tires can either be self-supporting, self-sealing or auxiliary-supported for your cargo transportation needs. Hidden, locked compartments – Providing extra storage options in the most undetectable areas provides security for fine jewelry or smaller pieces. Some of these storage compartments can even be secured with a safe!

Multiple exterior locks – If you have ever seen a cash-in-transit vehicle, you will notice that there are several exterior doors and locks before you are able to get to the innermost safe where the money is stored. Double door protection is also another measure to protect the individuals within the vehicle.

Bullet resistant glass – Ammo can be highly destructive to glass and, once normal glass shatters, it travels everywhere and leaves an open opportunity for bullet fire to strike the vehicle’s occupants. Bullet resistant glass, however, thankfully provides a stopping point for bullet spray.

Other security features may be offered depending on the armored cargo transport manufacturer, but the above features are among the most common. Regardless, if your business is heavily reliant on import or export trade, you need to be educated about the industry and establish strong relationships with your transportation providers. Armored protection planes, ships and ground vehicles will provide a safe journey to your cargo, so seek out an industry professional today!

The Armored Group, LLC specializes in manufacturing vehicles with armored transport designs. While military or tactical vehicles are among our most popular offerings, we also possess a wide variety of customizable vehicles to deliver your valuable items to their destinations. Please contact us today for individualized vehicle model protection.

24 comments… add one
  • Ray April 3, 2014, 7:46 am

    And do any of you have the bread to FUEL that beast???(I’ll bet it gets less than 4 MPG @ 4.25$PG) Do you have the skillset to maintain that LAV? The money to stockpile the 100000$ worth of parts you’ll need to keep it in the field for a year? Can you afford the federal permits you need to drive that Bit** on the road pre-TEOTWAWKI? OH and FYI any CIDG fighter or person with nasty intent can take that POS out with VERY little effort. Without going into details that will send the FBI to my door , I can think of at least six ways to “knock out” a Light Armored Car , with stuff I can improvise. The last thing on earth I want to have , is armor without tracks, as tires make you nothing more than a large shinny road bound target.

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    • NoSox April 3, 2014, 12:20 pm

      I think the idea is to have a regular vehicle that is armored but still looks factory to protect you from average threats. No vehicle is safe even an M4 Sherman can be destroyed if you know it’s coming and have the right materials.

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      • Ray April 3, 2014, 1:09 pm

        All you need is a bunch of guys with shovels to stop any class of LAV. “Armored Trucks” are in the same class of romantic tacticool “prepper” nonsense as “bugging out” to “live off the land”. Its a very foolish idea with almost no survival benefit ,that far to many love because its COOL! It takes thousands of gallons of bio-fuel ,tons of parts and hundreds of gallons of POL to keep one armored car in service. Thinking that anyone can build a working refinery, and keep it secret is pure fantasy. Add to that the logistic nightmare of trying to keep a factory sized storage barn full of parts, tires and POL secret and you can quickly see that unless you have enough disposable income to maintain a working main battle tank , this has nothing to offer. If you want to use one pre-SHTF then all you need is a Ten million dollar a year income.—unless you plan to “ghetto armor” your Dodge BUT If you know what to do its easy to nock out any armor, even an M-1 MBT. I thought this was one of the “survivalist” fantasy’s that died out with the 70’s.

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        • Anonymous April 3, 2014, 2:32 pm

          It seems as if you’re speaking of what it would take to upkeep a tank. I don’t see it as being that extreme.

          Taking my GMC Sierra Denali and adding bullet resistant glass and some shielding inside my door panels and engine compartment wouldn’t add any more weight than i normally haul on a given weekend as it is. After tshtf i’m not gonna be driving like before. It will be mainly on foot/bicycle and the vehicle would be to say venture to a community farmer’s market or something of that nature. Producing the 21 gallons of bio-fuel to fill my tank could easily be done in a basement or shed. I’ve been researching the set-ups and they aren’t as space consuming as you refer to.

          http://biodieselkitsguide.com/your-own-biodiesel-kits.php

          You wouldn’t need any more parts for your vehicle than you do right now. Yes if you were trying to drive an APC around then i could see that kind of support needed but not for simply upgrading the glass and adding some shielding to a regular truck or suv.

          I could see keeping a spare transmission and suspension components to compensate for the strain of the added weight but that would only take up 2 wooden crates not a warehouse.

          I don’t think it’s a survivalist fantasy as there are businessmen and many people right now who drive armored vehicles. Heck i saw a picture of new Camaro a few weeks ago that was armored and looks like just like any other car.

          Not wanting to be shot while driving is an understandable consideration and living off the land isn’t as far fetched as it seems. My brother walked from Houston to LA with nothing but a backpack and some simple trapping equipment then after he got to LA he walked to Colorado and has been living in the forest for over a year now. If people of past times could do it we can too with proper practice and common sense.

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          • NoSox April 3, 2014, 2:32 pm

            It seems as if you’re speaking of what it would take to upkeep a tank. I don’t see it as being that extreme.

            Taking my GMC Sierra Denali and adding bullet resistant glass and some shielding inside my door panels and engine compartment wouldn’t add any more weight than i normally haul on a given weekend as it is. After tshtf i’m not gonna be driving like before. It will be mainly on foot/bicycle and the vehicle would be to say venture to a community farmer’s market or something of that nature. Producing the 21 gallons of bio-fuel to fill my tank could easily be done in a basement or shed. I’ve been researching the set-ups and they aren’t as space consuming as you refer to.

            http://biodieselkitsguide.com/your-own-biodiesel-kits.php

            You wouldn’t need any more parts for your vehicle than you do right now. Yes if you were trying to drive an APC around then i could see that kind of support needed but not for simply upgrading the glass and adding some shielding to a regular truck or suv.

            I could see keeping a spare transmission and suspension components to compensate for the strain of the added weight but that would only take up 2 wooden crates not a warehouse.

            I don’t think it’s a survivalist fantasy as there are businessmen and many people right now who drive armored vehicles. Heck i saw a picture of new Camaro a few weeks ago that was armored and looks like just like any other car.

            Not wanting to be shot while driving is an understandable consideration and living off the land isn’t as far fetched as it seems. My brother walked from Houston to LA with nothing but a backpack and some simple trapping equipment then after he got to LA he walked to Colorado and has been living in the forest for over a year now. If people of past times could do it we can too with proper practice and common sense.

  • Michael April 3, 2014, 8:48 am

    LOL… Got an armored bicycle? An armored car isn’t going to do anyone any good when there’s no gas to be had or it costs $6.00 a gallon.

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  • NoSox April 3, 2014, 12:10 pm

    I’ve been researching certain types of engines that run on oil [Diesel 12V] and therefore wouldn’t need the gas quantities that most vehicles of today use. You partner a good truck/suv with an engine like that then add the armor components listed above and you’d be good to go.

    I personally feel that everyone should take a strong look at bio fuels that you can make in your shed to run vehicles. Let me have an armored ’86 Humvee with that Diesel 12V and i’ll be good to go!

    I think armored vehicles are great and most people who are in the business of truly needing one can afford the costs of driving it or being driven in it.

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  • irishdutchuncle April 3, 2014, 1:32 pm

    I’d like to know more about the run-flat tires, and the air conditioning…
    (but Ray does make good points against bothering with it all)
    home made diesel is more of a possibility than home made gasoline. (and alcohol fuels can’t provide the MPG that petroleum products do)

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    • irishdutchuncle April 3, 2014, 1:50 pm

      the very wealthy already need to travel this way in much of the world. we’ll probably see more of these in our future.

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      • B from CA August 22, 2015, 5:20 pm

        That’s right Dutch. In other countries around the globe these armored vehicles are becoming more and more popular. That’s because they work.

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  • Tolik April 3, 2014, 3:57 pm

    Spend that much on an armored vehicle , might as well get the license , and get a T-34 , or an old Israeli Sherman . either one takes robbery to a new level .

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    • NoSox April 3, 2014, 4:05 pm

      Rolling up to the gates in a tank like they did in The Walking Dead. lol #BANG

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  • Steve suffering in NJ April 3, 2014, 4:41 pm

    Seems to me stock apperence is the way to go.

    Those swat look a likes just scream hey look at me, I have something important inside.

    Want a good look at one, go check your local police station. Apparently local LEO feels pretty insecure. It really upsets me to see police departments with stuff like that.

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    • The Real Ray April 3, 2014, 9:53 pm

      Sorry let me get this straight you can own one and roll around in one, but LE does not need one for limit situations. What next no two way radios because the military uses them also.

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      • Steve suffering in NJ April 4, 2014, 11:54 am

        Let me clarify

        If local PD feels the need for a bullet proof Surburban or a full size van I’d say sure go for it. Assault rifles, body armor absolutely. They need there asses covered.

        I don’t see the need for something out of bomb patrol Afganistain with rifle ports that’s IED proof. It’s the militarization of our local police departments. What’s next attack helicopters or armed drones? It’s a slippery slope. There law enforcement not a branch of the military.

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        • 3rdMan April 4, 2014, 1:19 pm

          Law Enforcement has used armored vehicle since before the military. During the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930 the Saint Louis PD used an armored vehicle when they had the paired cornered in a boarding house outside of Saint Louis because they were armed with BARs. The military did not start using ACPs until the 1950s. Up tell that time you rode into battle in the back of a duce and half or walked. LE was using modern soft body armor while the military was still using flak jackets. A LE agency having one MRAP or any other armored vehicle for that fact is not militarization. If the City of Dallas with over 3000 officers has two armored vehicle for emergencies how is that militarization. Good luck shove all those officer into 2 armored vehicles. Let not even start talking about the gas mileage of an MRAP. Now if LE started patrolling in MRAPs instead of Dodge Chargers or Chevy Tahoes than I would be right there with you on the militarization argument. The fact is these vehicle are not being used as patrol vehicles. The MRAP is what the military is pass down currently, before the MRAP it was the Peacekeeper. Tomorrow who know what it will be. The current armored vehicles are for protection only in high risk situations and they have no mounted weapons unlike the military. While LE is not part of the military and should not be, they are required to do task that are handle in other countries by their military. In the UK the SAS handle their special operations with the country not LE. Who would you prefer handle it here DELTA who answers to the President or a SWAT team who answers to the locally elected Sheriff. I think you would agree that local control is the answer. The armored vehicle has its place as long as it is not abused and it is up to the citizen of that community to insure that is not. Local control!

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          • Steve suffering in NJ April 4, 2014, 6:20 pm

            As far as delta responding that’s what posse comitatus act was passed for.

            As far as the UK using SAS to my understanding only special police units are armed period. (Perhaps I’m ill I formed)

            Who knows what the military will hand down tomorrow is exactly my point. Who does know?

            What’s the point of restricting the military from enforcing US law on the population if were going to equip the 800,000 strong members of LEO with military equipment.

            My issues isn’t with armored vehicles. If my local PD decided they needed every cruiser to be bullet proof so be it. But CIVILIAN vehicles.

            Starting to equip LEO with military equipment is a dangerous slippery slope. What’s next left over predator drones?

            LEO is not the military and should not be equipped as such.

            Not trying to pick a fight here just respectfully disagree.

            As far as local control I agree with you 110 percent.

          • 3rdMan April 5, 2014, 12:42 pm

            No, my points is some equipment including armored vehicle work on both sides of the fence. The armored vehicle must be restricted in its use though. When you have a bad guy held up and shooting at you and citizens with a rifle it would be nice to have a little extra protection. As an LEO I expect you to do what you have to do to protect your family. All I ask is that I have the tools to protect my officers and myself so we can go home to ours.

            It is also my understanding that the military is only transfer between 500 and 1,000 MRAP to LE nationwide out of their 22,000 vehicle inventory. The military only plans to retain 7000 active and 7000 in reserve. The rest will be scraped. The average would be 1 MRAP for every 800 LEO in America. The problem is there are people like Alex Jones that are spreading a lot of misinformation out there. The problem is that their misinformation has just enough truth contained in them to make them sound creditable. Example is that the DHS bought 2200 armored vehicle. Why would they do that when they could just get them from the DOD for free. I have yet to find a pic of a DHS armored vehicle with a vehicle number above 20 on it. Not to mention the Boarder Patrol uses these vehicle as well along the boarder and they are under DHS. They post blurry pics of military equipment being move by rail and say it DHS equipment being moved in to position for martial law. Yep it is military equipment but that is how the military still moves most of their equipment around.

            Posse comitatus act was passed because of the acts committed by the military acting as a police force after the civil war. This a road we do not want to travel down again in this country. To many countries in the world do not have a problem using the military against their own people and that includes the U.K.

            My point is we have to keep up with the potential threats just and you have to as well if your going to properly protect your family. Why by a flint lock when you can buy an AR or AK, right. We are not the threat, we are your neighbors, little league coaches, and friends. I am still waiting for someone to show me those jack boot tugs hiding behind every tree just waiting for Obama to give the green light. It is always a friend of a friend who saw something. Kind of like Bigfoot and Space Aliens I guess.

            Sorry for rambling!!!!

    • Anonymous April 4, 2014, 10:32 pm

      They all need to be killed . Just sayin
      Deo Vindis

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  • Michael April 3, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Such silliness. It screams look at me. Which is fine while the rule of law is in place, but once it’s not in place people are going to follow you home because they know you have “the good stuff.” And all it takes to stop on of those is cutting down a few trees or telephone poles. That’s assuming there’s still gas to run the things and the streets have been plowed. Here in central WI without those plows it’s skis and snowshoes for a big chunk of the year.

    Skip the armored car. Buy a bike, skis, snowshoes, and a biathlon style sling for your .22.

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    • B from CA August 22, 2015, 7:12 pm

      Some logic here Michael but snow skies? Not in the desert. Driving in the city, in Central LA during a state of civil unrest, you would not last on a bike but you might stand a chance in one of these.

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  • Roger November 19, 2014, 2:39 am

    My problem with LEO’s getting armored vehicles is when they decide that I’m the bad guy because my neighbor decides I’m crazy and dangerous or the government decides that my long-term food storage is illegal and must be taken away (to make donuts, perhaps) or when the government outlaws civilian possession of firearms; can’t happen, ask the non-disarmed citizens of most countries! As far as how many armored vehicles the LEO’s have, well it probably only takes one to smash through my house! Face it, we are in an increasingly militarized country, if you don’t agree, fine, put your head back in the sand; sheep are raised to be sheared! Good Luck!

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