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NIJ Certified Bullet Proof Vest – What Does It Mean?

The NIJ, National Institute of Justice, is the research development and evaluation agency of the United States Department of Justice.

NIJ Certified Bullet Proof Vest - What Does It Mean? 1

As a response to the growing number of officer deaths due to fire arms, the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Law Enforcement Standards began a joint mission of developing Body Armor comfortable enough to be worn full time, yet tough enough to resist the deadly force of a bullet impact.

NIJ standards we offer:

Type IIIA:

  • 0.357 SIG FMJ FN
  • 0.44 Magnum SJHP

12 ga. rifled slug (shotgun)

Against most handgun threats:

This armour protects against .357 SIG FMJ FN (Full Metal Jacketed Flat Nose) bullets, with nominal masses of 8.1 g (125 gr) at a reference velocity of 430 ± 9.1 m/s (1410 ± 30 ft/s) and .44 Magnum SJHP (Semi Jacketed Hollow Point) bullets, with nominal masses of 15.6 g (240 gr) at a reference velocity of 408 ± 9.1 m/s (1340 ± 30 ft/s). 

It also provides protection against 12 gauge rifled slug, as well as the threats mentioned in [Types IIA, and II].

 

Type III: (Rifles)

  • 7.62 mm FMJ
  • 0.30 carbine
  • 0.223 remington / 5.56 mm FMJ

Grenade shrapnel

 

Against high-powered rifles:

This armour protects against 7.62 mm FMJ (Full Metal Jacketed) bullets (U.S. Military designation M80), with nominal masses of 9.6 g (148 gr) at a reference velocity of 847 ± 9.1 m/s (2780 ± 30ft/s).

It also provides protection against threats such as 5.56 mm FMJ, .223 remington, .30 carbine FMJ and grenade shrapnel , as well as the threats mentioned in [Types IIA, II, and IIIA].

 

Type IV: (Armor Piercing Rifle)

  • 0.30 caliber AP
Against armour piercing rifles:This armour protects against .30 caliber AP (armour piercing) bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP), with nominal masses of 10.8 g (166 gr) at a reference velocity of 878 ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ± 30 ft/s). It also provides at least single hit protection against the threats mentioned in [Type

For a full list of NIJ standards

For our NIJ certified Bullet Proof vests line:

Soft armor Bullet Proof Vests

Body Armor (with option for extra hard armor protection)

For our NIJ certified Hard Plates

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