Body armor

Regarding body armor
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the governing body of the federal government responsible for regulating ballistic protection. The current NIJ Standard -0101.07 has three separate standards for ballistic armor.

RF1 ballistic armor will protect against a 5.56mm M193 BT at 56 GR with an extraordinarily fast bullet of 3,250 ft/s (725 (m/s). RF1 will protect the armor wearer from most handgun ammunition, an AK-47 and most AR-style rifle projectiles with ease.

The RF2 is the same as RF1, except it includes the 5.56mm M855 BT bullet weighing 61 GR and traveling at a speed of 3,115 ft/s (950 m/s).

The RF3 title is level IV armor capable of stopping pretty much every bullet fired from a handgun or hand-held rifle currently in production. It’s officially designed to stop a 30-06 M2 Armor Piercing (AP) FMJ spire point weighing up to 165.7 GR and traveling at 2,880 ft/s (878 m/s).

RF3 is the armor soldiers wear in combat zones or police SWAT teams might wear during mobilization to ensure the odds of defeating any ammunition that they may come up against.

Citizens can easily buy Level III ballistic armor vests online. Level III will stop most of all 5.56mm and 7.62mm bullets, but will not defeat military-grade armor-piercing ammo. For example, a NATO M855 5.56 x 45mm bullet with a 62-grain steel core will defeat a Level III armor system. It will, however, defeat a 5.56 x 45 mm bullet at 55 grain. Level IV defeats AP bullets fired from almost all military-grade weaponry and technology. Level III can be comfortably worn by field personnel whereas Level IV is much heavier and cumbersome.

Here is a sample of the Level III model on eBay:


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