Understanding Armor Protection Levels

The National Institute of Justice is the government agency responsible for establishing certification and protection standards for body armor. Phalanx Defense Systems armor undergoes routine testing at an NIJ-approved laboratory, allowing us to guarantee its protection against specific threats.

Level IIA (Handguns)

Tested to stop 9mm and .40 S&W ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.

Level II (Handguns)

Tested to stop 9mm and .357 Magnum ammunition fired from short barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.

Level IIIA (Handguns)

Tested to stop .357 SIG and .44 Magnum ammunition fired from longer barrel handguns. No rifle ammunition protection.

Level III (Rifles)

Tested to stop 7.62 mm FMJ (full metal jacket) lead core rifle ammunition.

Level IV (Armor-Piercing Rifles)

Tested to stop .30 cal steel core armor piercing rifle ammunition.

Level III Armor

Level IV Armor

Military Armor

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