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Backing Materials for Correct Testing of Body Armor

One of the critical requirements in soft ballistic testing is measurement of “back side signature” (i.e. energy delivered to tissue by a non-penetrating projectile) in a deformable backing material placed behind the targeted vest. The majority of military and law enforcement standards have settled on an oil/clay mixture for the backing material, known as Roma …

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NIJ Body Armor Threat Levels Summary 0101.06 Standard

Level IIA Tested to stop 9mm and .40 S&W ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection. Level II Tested to stop 9mm and .357 Magnum ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection. Level IIIA Tested to stop .357 SIG and .44 Magnum ammunition fired from longer barrel handguns. No …

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NIJ Armor Standard (United States)

NIJ Standard-0101.06 has specific performance standards for bullet resistant vests used by law enforcement. This rates vests on the following scale against penetration and also blunt trauma protection (deformation): In the first half of 2018, NIJ is expected to introduce the new NIJ Standard-0101.07. This new standard will completely replace the NIJ Standard-0101.06. The current system of using Roman …

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