Injuries caused by plastic bullets compared with those caused by rubber bullets

Lancet. 1983 Apr 23;1(8330):919-20. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(83)91340-5.


The injuries sustained by 99 people struck by plastic bullets, were compared with those sustained by 90 people struck by rubber bullets. Plastic bullets struck the head and chest less often than rubber bullets and caused fewer serious injuries to the face and chest, but tended to cause more serious skull and brain injuries.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Northern Ireland
  • Plastics* / adverse effects
  • Riots*
  • Rubber* / adverse effects
  • Social Control, Formal / methods*
  • Wounds, Gunshot*


  • Plastics
  • Rubber