Ballistic Charts

Ballistic Threat levels and NIJ Standards

The National Institute of Justice (N.I.J.) is a part of U.S. Department of Justice. Under the N.I.J., the Law Enforcement and Corrections Standards and Testing Program was established to set minimum performance standards for law enforcement equipment, thus setting national standards for police body armor. These standards have been updated and revised through the years to meet the ever increasing threat to police officers. Because of these standards, U.S. made body armor is the most advanced and effective armor in the world today. The current N.I.J. 0101.03 and 0101.04 standards are fully endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chief of Police, the Police Executive Research forum, and the Technology Assessment Program Advisory Council.

For further information on the National Institute of Justice, please visit their website at http://www.nlectc.org or to request additional testing information write to:

National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center P.O. Box 1160 Rockville, MD 20849-1160



Threat Level: 2A | 2 | 3A | 3 | 4

Threat Level 2A       Velocity    
Bullet Type   Barrel   FPS   MPS
.22 Mag 40-GR SP   6.5"   1180   360
12 Gage "00" Buck   18"        
9mm 147-GR Subsonic   5"   1050   319
9mm 147-Gr JHydraShok   5"   1050   319
9mm 124-Gr FMJ   4"   1090   332
9mm 115-Gr JHP   4"   1060   354
9mm 95-Gr JSP   4"   1250   381
9mm 100-Gr JHP   4"   1250   381
.38 Spl 125-GrSJHP+P   6"   1028   314
.38 Spl 125-GRlead+P   6"   1090   332
.38 Spl 110-GrJHP+P   6"   1235   377
.357 Mag 158-GrJSP   4"   1250   381
.357 Mag 158-Grlead   4"   1250   381
.357 Mag 158-GrleadSWC   4"   1253   382
10mm 200-Gr FJ-TC   5"   1075   327
10mm 170-Gr JHP   5"   1175   357
.41 Mag 210-Gr lead   8 3/8"   1080   329
.45 ACP 2300Gr FMJ   5"   810   247


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Threat Level 2       Velocity    
Bullet Type   Barrel   FPS   MPS
.22 Mag 40-GR SP   6.5"   1180   360
12 Gage "00" Buck   18"        
9mm 147-GR Subsonic   5"   1050   319
9mm 147-Gr JHydraShok   5"   1050   319
9mm Cavim-FMJ   4"   1110   339
9mm 115-Gr JHP   4"   1160   354
9mm 115-Gr Silvertip   5"   1170   355
9mm 124-Gr FMJ   5"   1175   358
9mm 95-Gr JSP   4"   1250   381
9mm 100-Gr JHP   4"   1250   381
.38 Spl 125-GrSJHP+P   6"   1028   314
.38 Spl 125-GRlead+P   6"   1090   332
.38 Spl 110-GrJHP+P   6"   1235   377
.357 Mag 158-GrJSP   4"   1250   381
.357 Mag 158-Grlead   4"   1250   381
.357 Mag 158-GrleadSWC   4"   1253   382
.357 Mag 158-Gr JSP   6"   1395   425
.357 Mag 158-Gr lead   8 3/8"   1410   430
.357 Mag 158-Gr JSP-Hor   6"   1445   441
.357 Mag 125-Gr JHP   4"   1450   442
.357 Mag 110-Gr JHP   4"   1550   473
10mm 200-Gr FJ-TC   5"   1075   327
10mm 170-Gr JHP   5"   1175   357
10mm 175-Gr Silvertip   5"   1225   372
.41 Mag 210-Gr lead   8 3/8"   1080   329
.41 Mag 210-Gr   4"   1300   397
.44 Mag 240-Gr JSP   4"   1180   360
.44 Mag 240-GrleadSWC   4"   1200   366
.45 ACP 2300Gr FMJ   5"   810   247


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Threat Level 3A       Velocity    
Bullet Type   Barrel   FPS   MPS
.22 Mag 40-GR SP   6.5"   1180   360
12 Gage "00" Buck   18"        
9mm 147-GR Subsonic   5"   1050   319
9mm 147-Gr JHydraShok   5"   1050   319
9mm Cavim-FMJ   4"   1110   339
9mm 115-Gr JHP   4"   1160   354
9mm 95-Gr JSP   4"   1250   381
9mm 100-Gr JHP   4"   1250   381
9mm 124-Gr FMJ   4"   1090   332
9mm 116-Gr Norma FMJ   4"   1150   351
9mm 115-Gr Silvertip   5"   1170   355
9mm 124-Gr FMJ   5"   1175   358
9mm 115-Gr FMJ Israeli   4"   1200   366
9mm 123-Gr Lapau FMJ   4"   1200   366
9mm 123-Gr GECO FMC   4"   1200   366
9mm 116-GRFMJ Musgrve   5"   1230   374
9mm 116-Gr CanadianFMJ   4"   1250   381
9mm 115-Gr JHP+P   5"   1345   408
9mm 124-Gr FMC   9.5"   1400   427
.38 Spl 125-GrSJHP+P   6"   1028   314
.38 Spl 125-GRlead+P   6"   1090   332
.38 Spl 110-GrJHP+P   6"   1235   377
.357 Mag 158-GrJSP   4"   1250   381
.357 Mag 158-Grlead   4"   1250   381
.357 Mag 158-GrleadSWC   4"   1253   382
.357 Mag 158-Gr JSP   6"   1395   425
.357 Mag 158-Gr lead   8 3/8"   1410   430
.357 Mag 158-Gr JSP-Hor   6"   1445   441
.357 Mag 125-Gr JHP   4"   1450   442
.357 Mag 110-Gr JHP   4"   1550   473
10mm 200-Gr FJ-TC   5"   1075   327
10mm 170-Gr JHP   5"   1175   357
10mm 175-Gr Silvertip   5"   1225   372
.41 Mag 210-Gr lead   8 3/8"   1080   329
.41 Mag 210-Gr   4"   1300   397
.44 Mag 240-Gr JSP   4"   1180   360
.44 Mag 240-GrleadSWC   4"   1200   366
.44 Mag 240-GrSWC   6"   1400   427
.45 ACP 2300Gr FMJ   5"   810   247


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Threat Level 3     Velocity    
Bullet Type     FPS   MPS
7.62mm 150 Grain     2750   838
7.62mm 148 Grain N9 to FMJ     2780   847
.308 Winchester FMJ (high powered rifle)     2750   838


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Threat Level 4     Velocity    
Bullet Type     FPS   MPS
30-06 AP 166 Grain (armor piercing rifle)     2850   869
.30 Cal. 166 Grain MZ AP     2880   878
 
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