Ammunition Guide

It is important that your personal body armour is capable of defeating your own weapon.

The following is a guide to which N.I.J. threat level will defeat factory manufactured ammunition.

NIJ Threat Level

Bullet Type

Barrel Length

(in)

FPS

MPS

Level I

.22 Cal. 40 gr. LR

6

1050

320

 

.25 Cal. Auto 50 gr. FMJ

2

810

247

 

.32 Cal. Auto 71 gr. FMJ

4

905

276

.38 Cal. Auto 88 gr. JHP

4

990

302

.38 Cal. Special 158 gr. LRN

6

850

259

.38 Cal. Special 158 gr. LSWC

6

850

259

Test Calibres:

.22 cal LR - 40 gr lead solid travelling between 1400fps and 1450 fps

38 Special - 158 gr lead round nose travelling between 850 fps and 900 fps

Protects against all ammunition listed. Meets N.I.J. Std 0101.03 for Level I Armour including Backface Deformation (Blunt Trauma). .22 LR 40 gr at 1050 fps, .38 Special Lead 158 gr at 850 fps and lesser ballistic threats.

Level IIA

.22 Mag 40 gr. FMJ

4

1180

360

.38 Cal. Special 125 gr. SJHP+P

6

1028

314

.38 Cal. Special 158 gr. Lead+P

6

1090

332

.38 Cal. Special 110 r. JHP+P

6

1235

377

.45 Cal. Auto 230 gr. FMJ

5

810

245

.357 Mag. 158 gr. JSP

4

1250

381

.357 Mag. 158 gr. LRN

4

1250

381

.357 Mag. 158 gr. LSWC

4

1250

381

.41 Mag. 210 gr. LSWC

4

965

294

9 mm 95 gr. JSP

4

1250

381

9 mm 100 gr. JHP

4

1250

381

9 mm 124 gr. FMJ

4

1090

332

9 mm 115 gr. JHP

4

1160

354

9 mm 147 gr. Subsonic JHP

5

1060

323

9 mm 147 gr. Jacket Hydra Shock

5

1050

320

10 mm 170 gr. JHP

5

1175

358

10 mm 200 gr. FMJTC

5

1175

358

Test Calibres:

9 mm 124 gr full metal jacket (FMJ) travelling between 1090 fps and 1140 fps.

357 magnum - 158 gr jacketed soft point (JSP) travelling between 1250 fps and 1300 fps

Protects against all Level I as well as all ammunition listed. Meets N.I.J. Std 0101.03 for Level IIA Armour including Backface Deformation (Blunt Trauma) .357 Magnum JSP 158 gr at 1250 fps, 9 mm FMJ 124 gr at 1090 fps and lesser ballistic threats.

Level II

.41 Mag. 210 gr. JSP

4

1300

396

.44 Mag. 240 gr. JSP

4

1180

360

.44 Mag. 240 Ggr. LSWC

4

1200

366

.357 Mag. 125 gr. JHP

4

1450

442

.357 Mag. 110 gr. JHP

4

1550

473

.357 Mag. 158 gr. JSP

6

1395

425

.357 Mag. 158 gr. Hornady

6

1445

441

10 mm 175 gr. Silvertip

5

1225

372

9 mm 124 gr. FMJ

5

1175

358

9 mm 115 gr. Silvertip

5

1170

356

Test Calibres:

9mm - 124 gr full metal jacket (FMJ) travelling between 1175 fps and 1225 fps

357 magnum - 158 gr jacketed soft point (JSP) travelling between 1395 fps and 1445 fps

Protects against all Level I and IIA as well as all ammunition listed. Meets N.I.J. Std 0101.03 for Level II armour including Backface Deformation (Blunt Trauma) .357 Magnum JSP 158 Gr. at 1395 fps, 9mm FMJ 124 Gr. At 1175 fps and lesser ballistic threats.

Level IIIA

.44 Mag. 240 gr. LSWC

6

1400

427

9 mm Gas Check 124 gr. FMJ

9

1400

427

Test Calibres:

9 mm - 124 gr full metal jacket (FMJ) travelling between 1400 fps and 1450 fps (sub machine gun velocity)

.44 magnum - 240 gr lead semi wad cutter travelling between 1400 fps and 1450 fps.

Protects against all Level I, Level IIA, Level II as well as all ammunition listed. Meets N.I.J. STD 0101.03 for Level IIIA armour including Backface Deformation (Blunt Trauma) .44 Magnum lead SWC Gas Checked 240 gr at 1400 fps, 9 mm FMJ 124 gr at 1400 fps and lesser ballistic threats.

Level III

7.62 x 51 NATO ball

22

2750

838

Test Calibres: 7.62 x 51 NATO ball - travelling between 2750 fps and 2800 fps.

Level IV

30.06 AP M2 166 gr (armour piercing)

22

2850

868

Test Calibre: 30.06 AP M2 166 gr (armour piercing) - travelling between 2850 fps and 2900 fps