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National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Ballistic Standard 0101.04

38_Special_Barrel

When anyone talks “bullet proof vests” the World’s most acknowledged standard is invariably mentioned.

The Military and Police the World over, refer to this standard more than any other.

The NIJ Standard is used by UK reporters, body guards and media personnel on practically every assignment outside of the UK.

Protection from War Zone threats in hostile environments requires an internationally recognised standard - the NIJ provides this assurance.

NIJ Bullet Proof (Resistant) Body Armour - Ballistic Protection Table

Protection
Level

Ammunition

Bullet Mass
(Grains)

Velocity
(ft/s)

Shots at 0
degrees incidence

Shots at 30
degrees incidence

Impact Energy
Foot / lbs

I

.22 Calibre LR
LRN

40

1050-1110

4

2

104

.38 ACP
FMJ RN

95

1025-1085

4

2

235

IIA

9mm
FMJ RN

124

1090-1150

4

2

345

.40 S&W
FMJ

180

1025-1085

4

2

445

II

9mm
FMJ RN

124

1175-1235

4

2

400

.357 Magnum
JSP

158

1400-1460

4

2

717

IIIA

9mm
FMJ RN

124

1400-1460

4

2

563

.44 Magnum
JHP

240

1400-1460

4

2

1090

III

7.62mm NATO
FMJ (M80)

148

2750-2810

6

0

2539

IV

.30 Calibre
M2 AP

166

2850-2910

1

0

3057

Stab Vest, Stab Vests, Stab Proof Vest and Stab Proof Vests are common terms for body armour with a defined level of resistance to a knife or pointed weapon. The same also applies to bullet proof vest terminology - bullet proof vests have a defined level of ballistic resistance.

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