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According to FM 5-103 – Survivability (pg. 3-11), 6” of reinforced concrete is required to resist a direct hit by a 7.62 mm bullet at 100 meter range (FYI, its 30 inches for those pesky RPG-7s).


P.S. Please kill yourself if you are not cleared for this information :-)


Eric Green

Walter P Moore


-----Original Message-----
From: Kipke, Richard [mailto:Richard.Kipke(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 8:24 AM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Bullet-proof concrete


Is anyone familiar with any research or papers regarding concrete walls subjected to rifle fire?  I am designing a pre-cast concrete gate house which needs to resist Department of Justice classification Level III as stated below:


2.5 Type III (Rifles)

This armor protects against 7.62 mm Full Metal Jacketed (FMJ) bullets (U.S. Military

designation M80), with nominal masses of 9.6 g (148 gr) impacting at a minimum velocity of

838 m/s (2750 ft/s) or less. It also provides protection against the threats mentioned in sections

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4.


Right now I have a 5" thick concrete wall and have no feel on how well it would do.  Would concrete additives such as steel fiber or poly fiber offer additional resistance.  I can probably thicken the wall as needed.


Any assistance would be appreciated.


Thanks in advance,

Rich Kipke, PE

Earth Tech