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Ballistics

It's important to ensure that the vest that you wear is up to par with today's standards in defending against bullets and stabs. That's why the National Institute of Justice has created a set of standards for companies to follow when manufacturing protective gear. Let's take a look at the two major standards that we abide by and how they protect you.


NIJ Standards


Standard 0101.06


What is this?

 NIJ Standard-0101.06 establishes minimum performance requirements and test methods for the ballistic resistance of personal body armor intended to protect against gunfire. The standard was developed in collaboration with the Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and produced as part of the Standards and Testing Program of the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

Types of body armor

Personal body armor covered by this standard is classified into five types (IIA, II, IIIA,III, IV) by level of ballistic performance. We here at PTF Manufacturing offer packages that include level II (2) or level IIIA (3A). All of our packages are soft armor based, allowing for maximum performance and comfort.


Type II (9 mm; .357 Magnum)

Type II armor that is new and unworn shall be tested with 9 mm FMJ RN bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 398 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1305 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with.357 Magnum Jacketed Soft Point (JSP) bullets with a specified mass of 10.2 g (158 gr) and a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).

Type II armor that has been conditioned shall be tested with 9 mm FMJ RN bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 379 m/s ±9.1 m/s (1245 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with.357 Magnum JSP bullets with a specified mass of 10.2 g (158 gr) and a velocity of 408 m/s ±9.1m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s)


Type IIIA (.357 SIG; .44 Magnum)

Type IIIA armor that is new and unworn shall be tested with .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose(FN) bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr) and a velocity of 448 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1470ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets with a specified mass of 15.6 g (240 gr) and a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).

Type IIIA armor that has been conditioned shall be tested with .357 SIG FMJ FN bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr) and a velocity of 430 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1410 ft/s ± 30 ft/s)and with .44 Magnum SJHP bullets with a specified mass of 15.6 g (240 gr) and a velocity of 408 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).

Our NIJ 0101.06 ballistic packages

Level II

   Model: GS206

    Model: HSUS601LII

Level IIIA

    Model: GS3A06

    Model: FIVE-ZERO-IIIA

    Model: HSUS-5-01-L3A

Standard 0115.00


What is this?

This standard establishes minimum performance requirements and test methods for the stab resistance of personal body armor intended to protect the torso against slash and stab threats.

Types of body armor

Personal body armor covered by this standard is classified into three levels (1, 2, 3). We here at Protect The Force offer packages that include level 1, level 2 and level 3.


Level 1

This armor protects against low energy threats with a strike energy of 24 J (17.7 ft· lbf). The over test condition for this level is 36 J (26.6 ft· lbf).



Level 2

This armor protects against medium energy threats with a strike energy of 33 J (24.3 ft· lbf). The over test condition for this level is 50 J (36.9 ft· lbf).


Level 3

This armor protects against medium energy threats with a strike energy of 43 J (31.7 ft· lbf). The over test condition for this level is 65 J (47.9 ft· lbf).


Our NIJ 0115.00 packages

F1-COR-S1-10

F1-COR-S2-10

KSP-2

KSP-3


For more information on the standards that we use, please view them for yourself using the links below

NIJ 0101.06 Information Packet

https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/223054.pdf


NIJ 0115.00 Information Packet

https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/183652.pdf