Because ballistic gelatin is similar in density to the body, it’s used by law enforcement, the military, forensics professionals, hunters, gun manufacturers, and others to help predict the effectiveness of ammunition and related products, such as bulletproof vests.
If you’re a firearm owner or a hunter, you may want to use ballistic gel to test your own ammunition for performance factors such as penetration, retained weight, and expansion. Testing with ballistic gel can give you confidence that your bullets will suffice for self-defense, or that they can be expected to kill large game and not just injure it.
Here’s how you can create your own ballistic gel blocks.
Important tip: Make sure you have the right kind of gelatin. Many brands of “ballistic” gel on the market are actually food-grade gelatin, which is significantly less dense than flesh and could skew your results.
Custom Collagen ballistic gel, on the other hand, so closely resembles human organ density that it’s even used to by medical professionals to calibrate ultrasound equipment.
Custom Collagen also offers a complete ballistic gelatin block kit that includes the gelatin, molds, liners, and defoamer all in one set.
TIP: Part of the plastic liner will extend past the top of the mold. For the smoothest fit, don’t fold it down over the edges of the mold until the mix is inside.
TIP: Don’t stir deeply, or the defoamer won’t remove the bubbles at the top.
TIP: Use a utility knife to start a tear in the liner for easy peeling.
To clean your supplies, simply let the mixture dry and then peel it off. If your ballistic gel mix won’t peel off easily, you can also use hot water to melt it off.
Ready to make your own ballistic gel blocks? Get the highest-quality gelatin from Custom Collagen.
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