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A Look At The German Standard For Bullet-Resistance Body Armor
Now, despite the NIJ performance standard being used around the world, Germany has set forth its own rules regarding testing bullet-resistance vests and testing standards. While similar to the American safety standards, Germany’s standards are different.

Now, both the German and American standards use the identical calibers. However, their testing conditions are what are different – like the kinds of bullets used in testing. For example, the 9-mm caliber kinds used for the Schutzklasse 1 are the Action 4, QD-PEP and DM41 SR. Most body armor with the NIJ Level IIIA protection is equivalent to the German Schutzklasse 1 protection level.

GERMAN SCHUTZKLASSE STANDARD EDITION 2008
Table Ballistic Resistance
NIJ 0101.04 standard
                 
Notes
- Backing is Weibel plastilina
- Test samples can have a dimension of 35 cm x 40 cm
- No wet test is required
- SKL and SK1 included contact shots
- Maximum allowed Back Face Signature depends on sample and calibration but is always <42mm
- Bullet manufacturer is specified