Monday, January 24, 2011

Terminal ballistics reality


Terminal ballistics, as defined in the wikipedia is a sub-field of ballistics that studies the behavior
of a projectile when it hits its target. Based on the terminal ballistic properties of a projectile we
can talk about its stopping power when hitting a living target, and that brings me to the origin of
this post.

A lot of studies about stopping power are demonstrated using ballistic gel and as much as it can
resemble human flesh, the gel doesn't have bones, or tendons and for sure it fails to demonstrate
the gory results of a hi speed bullet ventilating someone.

So, in order to complement those clean scientific studies using gel we need to look at the darkside
of this matter, Vincent J.M. DiMaio wrote a great book about it called "Gunshot Wounds:
Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques", you can buy it but is fooking
expensive, like 125 bucks, also you can ask google and find a copy to see if you really want to
expend that money on it.

But anyway, that book was written by the nation's foremost authority on gunshot wounds and
forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of
Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition provides critical information on
gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes
practical aspects of ballistics, wound ballistics, and the classification of various wounds caused by
handguns, bang guns, rifles, and shotguns. The final chapters explain autopsy technique and
procedure and laboratory analysis relating to weapons and gunshot evidence.

Just in case you didn't notice I copy & pasted the product description :D

But the problem with that book, is that it explains a lot about gunshot wounds, but doesn't show
much. Yes it has some pictures, but you need more and in color to get at least a glimpse of the
real thing.

So I found a blog that does just that, and besides it shows the cruelty of Mexican Drug War
where 15,273 were killed just in 2010, that blog is called "Blog del Narco", and it shows pictures
and videos depicting the results of the confrontations among the different cartels or the killings
that happen everyday in Mexico, sadly for a lot of you that blog is written in spanish.

Be careful the content of the blog is extremely graphic, you can find it at

EDIT: 11/08/11 they changed their +18 content to the following URL

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The webpage for the "graphic" content may have been moved, but that entire domain is for sale now by HugeDomains. I realize this is an old blog but the ballistics arguments will never end and your picture grabs some attention. So thought I'd tell you the Mexican Cartel links/pages both seem to be a bust now.
Thanks for the ballistics chart though.

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