Visual Chart Detailing The Stopping Power of Different Levels of Body Armor With Ammo Examples

Stopping Power Level Chart With Bullets Ammo Examples

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New Chart For Body Armor Levels and Bullets Effective Against

NIJ Certification Round # : When used in concert with the NFCAS sternum plate FMC/J: Full Metal Care/Jacket FMJTC: Full Metal Jacket Truncated Cone HSP: Hollow Soft Point JHP: Jacketed Hollow Point JSP: Jacketed Soft Point HHP: Lead Flat Point LRB: Lead Round Ball LRN: Lead Round Nose LSWC: Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point SJHP: Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point SWHP: Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point

AMMUNITION, SHELLS, BULLETS CARTRIDGES LISTED ON THIS CHART BY NUMBER

LEVEL II-A (2A) AA
1 .22 Magnum 40 gr. JHP (1209 FPS / 369 MPS)
2 .32 ACP 60 gr. Silvertip JHP (936 FPS / 285 MPS)
3 .380 ACP 95 gr. FMC (902 FPS / 275 MPS)
4 .38 Special 125 gr. Nyclad SVYHP (1009 FPS / 308 MPS)
5 .38 Special +P 110 gr. JHP (1049 FPS 1320 MPS)
6 .38 Special +P 140 gr. JHP (869 FPS / 265 MPS)
7 9mm 124 gr. FMC (1173 FPS 1358 MPS)•
8 9mm 125 gr. JSP (1121 FPS 1342 MPS)
9 9mm 147 gr. Black Talon (1010 FPS / 308 MPS)
10 9mm 147 gr. Golden Saber (1083 FPS / 330 MPS)
11 9mm 147 gr. Hydra Shok (1011 FPS 1308 MPS)
12 .357 Magnum 158 gr. JSP (1308 FPS 1399 MPS)•
13 .357 Magnum 110 gr. JHP (1292 FPS 1394 MPS)
14 .357 Magnum 125 gr. JHP (1335 FPS 1407 MPS)
15 .40 Caliber 180 gr. FMJTC (992 FPS / 302 MPS)
16 .40 Caliber 170 gr. FMJTC (1095 FPS / 334 MPS)
17 10mm 155 gr. FMJTC (1024 FPS 1312 MPS)
18 10mm 170 gr. JHP (1137 FPS 1347 MPS)
19 .41 Magnum 210 gr. LSWC (1141 FPS 1348 MPS)
20 .44 Magnum 240 gr. LFP (1017 FPS 1310 MPS)
21 .45 Long Colt 250 gr. LRN (778 FPS / 237 MPS)
22 .45 ACP 230 gr. FMJ (826 FPS / 252 MPS)
23 12 ga. 00 Buck (9 pellet) (1063 FPS / 324 MPS)
LEVEL II (2) 
24 9mm 124 gr. FMJ (1215 FPS 1370 MPS)•
25 9mm 115 gr. Silvertip JHP (1252 FPS / 382 MPS)
26 9mm 124 gr. Starfire JHP (1174 FPS / 358 MPS)
27 .357 Magnum 158 gr. JSP (1453 FPS / 443 MPS)•
28 .357 Magnum 145 gr. Silvertip JHP (1371 FPS / 418 MPS)
29 .357 Magnum 125 gr. JHP (1428 FPS 1435 MPS)
30 10 mm 175 gr. Silvertip JHP (1246 FPS / 380 MPS)
31 .41 Magnum 210 gr. JSP (1322 FPS / 403 MPS)
32 .44 Magnum 240 gr. SJHP (1270 FPS / 387 MPS)
LEVEL III-A (3A) AAA
33 9mm 124 gr. FMJ (1440 FPS 1439 MPS)•
34 9mm 115 gr. FMJ Israeli (1499 FPS / 457 MPS)
35 9mm 123 gr. FMJ Geco (1372 FPS 1418 MPS)
36 9mm 124 gr. FMJ Cavim (1259 FPS 1384 MPS)
37 .44 Magnum 240 gr. LSWC (1448 FPS / 441 MPS)•
38 .44 Magnum 240 gr. HSP (1320 FPS / 402 MPS)
39 12 ga. 1 oz. Rifled Slug (1290 FPS 1393 MPS)
40 12 ga. 1 oz. Rifle Slug (1254 FPS 1382 MPS)


Body Armor Performance Standards:

Level IIA

New armor protects against 8 g (124 gr) 9x19mm Parabellum Full Metal Jacketed Round Nose (FMJ RN) bullets at a velocity of 373 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1225 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 11.7 g (180 gr) .40 S&W Full Metal Jacketed (FMJ) bullets at a velocity of 352 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1155 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Conditioned armor protects against 8 g (124 gr) 9 mm FMJ RN bullets at a velocity of 355 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1165 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 11.7 g (180 gr) .40 S&W FMJ bullets at a velocity of 325 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1065 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).

Level II

New armor protects against 8 g (124 gr) 9 mm FMJ RN bullets at a velocity of 398 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1305 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 10.2 g (158 gr) .357 Magnum Jacketed Soft Point bullets at a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Conditioned armor protects against 8 g (124 gr) 9 mm FMJ RN bullets at a velocity of 379 m/s ±9.1 m/s (1245 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 10.2 g (158 gr) .357 Magnum Jacketed Soft Point bullets at a velocity of 408 m/s ±9.1 m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides protection against the threats mentioned in Level IIA

Level IIIA

New armor protects against 8.1 g (125 gr) .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets at a velocity of 448 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1470 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 15.6 g (240 gr) .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets at a velocity of 436 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Conditioned armor protects against 8.1 g (125 gr) .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets at a velocity of 430 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1410 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and 15.6 g (240 gr) .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets at a velocity of 408 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides protection against most handgun threats, as well as the threats mentioned in Level II and Level IIA

Level III (Rifle)

Conditioned armor protects against 9.6 g (148 gr) 7.62x51mm NATO M80 ball bullets at a velocity of 847 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2780 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides protection against the threats mentioned in Level IIIA, Level II, and Level IIA
Level IV (Armor Piercing Rifle)

Conditioned armor protects against 10.8 g (166 gr) .30-06 Springfield M2 armor piercing (AP) bullets at a velocity of 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). It also provides at least single hit protection against the threats mentioned in Level III, Level IIIA, Level II, and Level IIA

Body Armor Types Visual Illustration
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