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The plastic bullet is the name given to a type of nonlethal projectile fired from a specialised gun, used in riot control. Riots in Newark, New Jersey Riots occur when crowds of people have gathered and are committing crimes or acts of violence. ...


The bullet was developed by the British as the plastic baton round (PBR). It was intended to replace the older rubber bullet with a projectile that could be fired directly at targets while also reducing the risk of serious injury or death. It was introduced in 1972 and initially was used alongside the rubber bullet, which it replaced completely in 1975. Rubber bullets are rubber-coated projectiles fired from guns. ...


The first plastic bullet was made of PVC, was 89 mm (3.5 inches) long and 38 mm (1.5 in.) in diameter, and weighed approximately 142 g (5 oz.). The weight was similar to the rubber bullet but the new projectile had a lower muzzle velocity. From 1973 to 1981, over 42,000 plastic bullets were fired in Northern Ireland. Fourteen people were killed by plastic bullet impacts, including nine children. Most of the deaths were caused by the British security services misusing the weapon, firing at close range and at chest or head level rather than targeting below the waist. PVC may refer to the following: The chemical compound polyvinyl chloride Irregular heartbeat: premature ventricular contraction In frame relay, ATM and X.25 a permanent virtual circuit This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Northern Ireland is one of four constituent parts of the United Kingdom. ...


A new round was introduced in 1994, the L5A7, along with a new weapon to fire it, the HK L104 antiriot gun. From the height of The Troubles, the use of the baton rounds declined. In 1999, only 112 rounds were fired, compared to 8,300 in 1996, and there have been no deaths since 1989. Only 13,264 L5A7 rounds have been fired. Heckler und Koch GmbH (H&K) is a German weapons manufacturing company famous for various series of small firearms, notably the MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 personal defense weapon and the G3 and G36 assault rifles. ... The Troubles is a generic term used to describe a period of sporadic communal violence involving paramilitary organisations, the police, the British Army and others in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s until the mid-1990s. ...


A further development of the round was introduced in Britain in 2001, the L21A1. Designed to be more accurate, the new acrylic round is also more capable of inflicting lethal injuries if it strikes a vital area. Acrylic is a generic name for all synthetic polymers derived from acrylic acid or methacrylic acid Specifically, Acrylic or Acrylic glass is often used as a common name for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), also known as Plexiglas. ...


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Plastic bullet (265 words)
The plastic bullet is the name given to a type of non-lethal projectile fired from a specialised gun, used in riot control.
It was intended to replace the older rubber bullet with a projectile that could be fired directly at targets while also reducing the risk of serious injury or death.
The first plastic bullet was made of PVC, it was 89 mm long and 38 mm in diameter, it weighed approximately 142 g.
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