3D Castings of Wound Cavities by AmVIEWnition

A company called AmVIEWnition makes 3D castings of wound channels of different handgun cartridges. These cast wound channels are called “3D Solo Blast”. These are intended for educational purposes to better understand the terminal ballistics of different projectiles.

Not only these castings show the effect of bullets on bare body, but also the terminal performance of the projectiles after penetrating various barriers before striking the ballistic media. The barriers include house front door, house interior wall, car door, car windshield and also heavy clothing. The caliber selection includes .22LR, .22 WMR. .380 Auto, 9x19mm, .38 Special +P, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and .357 Magnum. The castings are mounted on panels, which also include some useful information: the bullet type, weight and muzzle velocity, penetration depth, wound volume in cubic inches and the picture of the recovered projectile. It would be even better if AmVIEWnition mounted the actual recovered bullets on the panels too.

Judging by the above picture, they shoot the rounds into clay rather than ballistic gel. That makes sense because clay fixes the temporary wound cavity, which they then possibly make a mold of. The ballistic gel would of course spring back and show only the permanent wound cavity.

AmVIEWnition sells these boards starting from a set of three, which is priced at $69. You can also buy different sets of 4 boards and the most expensive ($229) are the boards showing either different calibers comparison or the same caliber’s performance after the penetration of mentioned barriers.

Besides their educational purpose, these could be a nice decoration on a wall of a ballistician or a firearm enthusiast like me and you.

Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • BattleshipGrey

    That’s a cool idea for a visual aid. I wouldn’t spend the money on one, but it’s a good idea. I’m sure holding one up to your body gets the message across that you don’t want to get shot.

    • Definitely seems like a useful training aid when reminding a class about Rule 3 of dogfighting.

  • Uniform223

    Is it just me or does the casting mold of the .45 seems to be the biggest?

  • No one

    Thus is rather deceptive honestly as far as education about wound channels go. The reason being is that a vast majority of pistol calibers can’t push a projectile fast enough to make temporary cavitation have an actual noticeable effect on real world wounding potential. Flesh is quite elastic with the exception of a few harder organs like the liver.

    • FLdeepdiver

      ^ This.

    • A.WChuck

      Castings of real wounds would be more educational albeit gruesome. Clay is pretty useless for determining wounding, IMO.

  • Vizzini

    Obligatory “living creatures are not made of clay.” Why would wound channels in clay have any relevance to wound channels in flesh?

    • Q

      In pistol therms its atleast near due to the low velocity, for Rifles clay is totally useless.

      The problem is specific pistol rounds that fragment might produce a certain temporary cavity, but theyr fragments penetrate way to shallow. For simple expanding pistol bullets clay works ok.

      • Vizzini

        Clay has a very different density and, obviously, completely different elasticity than flesh. I have doubts that clay expansion cavities are useful for anything more than cool pictures.

        • Q

          I think thats what its for, a cool 3D picture/sculpture.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    Dinosaur teeth if you ask me…