Established in 2002, Basic Black is an engineering and manufacturing company that designs and builds custom life-saving bullet-resistant equipment for special forces soldiers and law enforcement officers.

John Perkins, its founder and CEO, says: “Basic Black is all about doing all we can to protect the men and women who protect us. Some of them do that in the towns and cities we live in; others do that in hostile places, doing dangerous things that we can only guess at. We make it our mission to improve their chances of making it home.”

In order to build the best bullet-resistant products it can, in the tight time frames that are demanded, Basic Black has had to find talent that is located in various places around the world.

At the same time, given the sensitive nature of its work, it needs to be able to orchestrate this collaboration in a highly secure and reliable manner.

“Our team and partner network is located all over North America, with associates in the UK and other parts of the world, such as in the field in Afghanistan. Be it design, production, marketing, testing, or fulfillment; our talent pool is highly distributed simply because to get the best people in our highly niche industry, we've had to find them wherever they may be and wherever they may be serving.

“At the same time, the security is a very big issue for many of the things that we manufacture, even internally with these particular people, from engineers all the way through to manufacturers and down to a simple welder.”

Basic Black, a company that engineers and manufactures custom life-saving bullet-resistant equipment for Special Forces soldiers and law enforcement officers, places a high price on security – both in terms of creating components that protect people.

To achieve these goals, we have worked closely with Government agencies, SOCOM, the Military, local sheriff’s departments, SWAT teams, police departments, drug interdiction units, school resource officers, and others we felt could contribute ideas to or benefit from our product lines.

About Our Founder

John Perkins

John brings 35+ years of engineering, research, development, and design experience to the table. John had the privilege of spending a summer working on a research vessel with the Cousteau, and his early career was spent consulting on projects with oil companies in foreign countries and owning the South-eastern Region EPA lab, Treasure Coast Engineering, Inc. John relocated to Gainesville FL 25 years ago after patenting a solution to remotely open large aviation hanger doors.

The founder of Basic Black, John’s focus over the years has been developing ballistic solutions and technologies for the special operation's community (SOCOM), corrections, and law enforcement agencies nationally through Basic Black, LLC. John quickly gained a reputation in the field and was recruited by the Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC) as one of their emerging technologists in 2004. John also had the privilege of attending the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLETC) training with Mohawk Consulting. Basic Black attends the Annual Mock Prison Riots, where John’s cutting-edge ballistic solutions and technologies are tested in real-life situations with outstanding results.

Our owner, John Perkins, started creating protective gear for himself when he was going to battles with his scouts. His previous works were put to use in the following:

  • Special Forces Command
  • Homeland Security
  • Armored Vehicles
  • Aircraft
  • Structures
  • Specialized Body Armor
  • Safe Rooms
  • Boats
  • Equipment
  • Pipelines
  • Medical Facilities
  • Offices
  • Headquarters
  • Barracks

Based in Florida, we serve clients all over the US and other areas worldwide. Learn more about us and what we do by continuing to browse our website. You can also get in touch with us at Basic Black contact page for any questions or concerns.

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Mission Statement

Basic Black takes great pride in the fact that we are a U.S. company. All aspects of development and production are conducted by Americans for Americans. Our goal is to enhance survivability and provide protection for all Homeland Security units.