PROTECTIVE RATING

National Institute of Justice NIJ Standard for Ballistic Material

Level

Ammunition

Nominal Bullet Mass

Barrel Length

Bullet Velocity

Hits per Armor Specimen

Penetrations

I

22LRHV LEAD

2.6g 40 grains

15 - 16.5 cm 6 - 6.5 in

320 12 m/s 1050 40 ft/s

5

0

38 Special RN Lead

10,2g 158 grains

15 - 16.5 cm 6 - 6.5 in

259 15 m/s 850 50 ft/s

5

0

II

357 Magnum JSP

10.2g 158 grains

10 - 12 cm 4 - 4,75 in

381 15 m/s 1250 50 m/s

5

0

9mm FMJ

B.Og 128 grains

10 - 12 cm4-4.75 in

332 12 m/s 1090 40 ft/s

5

0

III

357 Magnum JSP

10.2g 158 grains

15 - 16.5 cm 6 - 6.5 in

425 1 5 m/s 1395 50 ft/s

5

9mm FMJ

8.0g 124 grains

10 - 12 cm4-4.75 in

358 12 m/s 11 75 40 ft/s

5

IV

44 Magnum Lead SWC Gas checked

15.55g 240 grains

14 - 16 cm5.5- 6,25 in

426 15 m/s 1 400 50 ft/s

5

9mm FMJ

8.0g 124 grains

24 - 26 cm9.5 - 10.25 in

42615.5515m/s 1400 50 ft/s 

V

7.62mm 308 Winchester FMJ

9.7g 150 grains

56 cm 22 in

838 15 m/s 2750 50 ft/s  

5  

0  

30-60 AP

10.8g
166grains

56cm
22in

868 15 m/s 2850 50 ft/s  

1

0

Denotations:
• LRHV: Long Rifle High Velocity
• RN: Round Noise I SWC: Semi-Wadcutter
• JSP: Jacketed Soft Point
• FMJ: Full Metal Jacket
• NIJ: Toughest standard worldwide by police and government agencies.

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