Ballistics Gel

What is Ballistics Gel?

Ballistics gel is used by scientists to imitate the viscosity (or thickness) and flexibility of human tissue, as well as how it behaves when struck by a bullet or shot pellets. Gelatine blocks are used in both lethality and survivability testing to assess ammunition effects using a material that is considered to mirror the human body. The gelatine is used to create temporary and permanent wound profiles, which are regarded to be a realistic approximation of human injury. It was developed and improved by Martin Fackler and others.

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Ballistics Gel

Also Read: Wound Ballistics

How is Ballistics Gel Prepared?

Natural gelatin ballistic gels are generally yellow-brown in appearance and are not reusable. Newer synthetic alternatives are designed to precisely mimic natural gelatin’s ballistic qualities while remained colourless and crystal transparent. Some synthetic gels can be melted and reformed several times without losing their ballistic characteristics, making them reusable.

It’s prepared with the same components as commercial Jell-O, but without the vibrant colours and tastes. Generally, A solution of gelatin powder in water is called ballistic gelatin. To imitate or duplicate an individual’s wounds in the lab, a block of ballistic gel may be coated with a certain style of clothes. It may be used with other materials, like as drywall, to investigate how a bullet might have passed through or deflected off a wall before striking a victim.

What is the Restriction of Using Ballistics Gel?

Although gelatin may replicate the density and viscosity of real human tissue, it lacks the structure of tissue. Gelatin has no nerves or blood vessels and does not bleed. Organs, muscle, and fat are also part of the human anatomy with a skeleton.


  1. Fackerl, Martin L Effects of small arms on the human body. Letterman Army Institute of Research, California.
  2. Massad Ayoob (May/June, 2005) Backwoods Home Magazine. Wound Ballistics, Ballistic Injury, Stopping Power, Gunshot Wounds. Retrieved on 2012-08-14.