NATIONAL INSTITUE OF JUSTICE (NIJ) BALLISTIC STANDARDS

Level

Weapon Type

Caliber

Ammunition

Level 1
.22 LR Handgun
.38 Special
.22 LR
.38 Special
LRHV
RN Lead
Level 2
.357 Mag
9mm
.357 Mag
9 mm x 19
HV/JSP 158gr
HV/FMJ 124gr
Level 2a
.357 Mag
9mm
.357 Mag
9 mm x 19
JSP 158 gr
FMJ 124 gr
Level 3
7.62 or .308 Rifle
7.62mm x 15
.308 FMJ 150gr
Level 3a
.44 Mag
9mm S.M.G.
.44 Magnum
9 mm x 19
Lead GC 240gr
FMJ 124gr
Level 4
M14
7.62mm x 63
AP 30.06 166gr
Abbreviations:

AP: Armor Piercing

LRHV: Long Rifle High Velocity

FMJ: Full Metal Jacketed

RN: Round Nose

JSP: Jacketed Soft Point

SWC: Semi-Wad cutter