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Texas Armoring has been in business for over 30 years and has a global client base that includes corporate executives, heads of state and politicians.

Forston said that an average armoring package from his company will run between $80,000 and $100,000. On the high-end, for those that want a more robust armoring package, those jobs can run between $200,000 and $250,000. One vehicle recently completed by the company, a Cadillac Escalade dubbed "The Beast," was outfitted with the strongest armoring package available as well as a luxury interior for around $450,000.

This Cadillac Escalade, dubbed "The Beast" features TAC's strongest armoring package and cost nearly $450,000 when completed
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In addition to armoring, Forston said that many of the company's customers also want to enjoy a custom interior, which includes everything from flat panel televisions to the finest leather upholstery. That can add another $200,000 to final price tag of the vehicle.

Jason Forston, executive vice president of Texas Armoring Corporation, says that some customers will spend upwards of $200K just on the luxury amenities of their cars.
Photo courtesy Texas Armoring Corporation

"At the end of the day, it is all about what the client wants, what their needs and priorities are and what they're willing to pay for it," Forston said.

Forston said some customers have even requested to have "James Bond-type" optional equipment added to their cars, be it a smoke screen system or electric shocking door handles.

"A customer will see something in a movie and then come and ask us to replicate it," he said. "We don't add any weapons to vehicles, obviously. We're not going to add any guns or munitions to a vehicle unless the client has the proper licenses from the U.S. government. But some of these smaller defense options that buy you a little extra time in an attack situation are useful."

Of the thousands of vehicles armored by Texas Armoring, Forston said that they have never had anyone killed in any that they have outfitted.