Possible influences on bullet trajectory deflection in ballistic gelatine.

Riva, Fabiano; Kerkhoff, Wim; Bolck, Annabel; Mattijssen, Erwin J A T (2017). Possible influences on bullet trajectory deflection in ballistic gelatine. Forensic science international, 271, pp. 107-112. Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland 10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.12.030

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The influence of the distance to the top and bottom of a gelatine block and to bullet tracks from previously fired shots on a bullet's trajectory, when passing through ballistic gelatine, was studied. No significant difference in deflection was found when trajectories of 9mm Luger bullets, fired at a 3.5cm distance to the top and bottom of a gelatine block and to bullet tracks from previously fired shots, were compared to trajectories of bullets fired 7cm or more away from any of the aforementioned aspects. A surprisingly consistent 6.5° absolute deflection angle was found when these bullets passed through 22.5 to 23.5cm of ballistic gelatine. The projection angle, determined by the direction of the deflection, appeared to be random. The consistent absolute angle, in combination with the random projection angle, resulted in a cone-like deflection pattern.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Physics (Ballistics)

UniBE Contributor:

Riva, Fabiano

ISSN:

0379-0738

Publisher:

Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

23 Mar 2017 15:52

Last Modified:

28 Mar 2017 16:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.12.030

PubMed ID:

28076837

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Ballistic gelatine; Bullet trajectory deflection; Terminal ballistics

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.93255

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/93255

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