Which, if any, Level body armor can M855 penetrate

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by bluez, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    What , if , any level, body armor can a M855 bullet penetrate if shot from a 16 inch barrell at short range?

    Anyone know, or have a very educated guess?

    Thank you.
     
  2. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Level 1
    level 2a and level 2
    level 3a and level 3

    Level 4 if no plate is inserted.
     

  3. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    I knew it could not do level 4, but 3 is quite good

    I very strongly suspected it could do that given what it was designed for originally.
    But since I did not find it listed in any spec sheets I was looking for confirmation:)
     
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    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Google the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for government standards. (standard .06 IIRC:confused:)

    They've got more good info than you'll have time to read!:D

    Safariland, Second Chance and other manufacturers.
     
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    bluez Well-Known Member

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