Oftentimes, in movies, we get an adrenaline rush by watching a fierce gunfight. Pretty much every night on the news, we hear reports of someone being shot. Between real life and cinema, some would say we’ve become desensitized to gun violence. Anyone who’s been shot will tell you, it’s something you do not want to experience yourself, if you can help it. Bullets, flying at 900 mph through the air rip through the flesh and damage internal organs, causing excruciating pain, paralysis and death.
To give a sense of what bullets actually do to your body, BBC science program BRITLAB conducted some experiments. First, they fire a gun into a chunk of a pork (since pigs are so similar to humans anatomically). They also clap at transparent ballistics gel. Furthermore, the analysts test out a Kevlar vest. While the plastic of the Kevlar vest is effective for handguns, it won’t do shit for you if someone fires a rifle at you. Seeing this, test out a ceramic faceplate to see if it could withstand a 200 MPH rifle blast.
Check out the BRITLAB video below, to see what bullets do: