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NCJ Number: 148720 Find in a Library
Title: Fatal Injuries Caused by Guns Using Shotshell: Case Reports and Ballistic Studies
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:650-656
Author(s): D Rouge; N Telmon; D Alengrin; G Marril; P-M Bras; L Arbus
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of six cases of homicide and suicide in which the weapon was a handgun using shotshell focuses on the injuries caused and the ballistic characteristics of the weapons.
Abstract: The ballistic characteristics, including penetration, spread, and powder stippling, were studied in a series of test firings to determine their wounding capacity at various ranges and the effect of a modified barrel with the choke removed. The analysis indicates that such weapons, which are relatively easy to obtain, are not as innocuous as they appear, because they can be modified either by changing the barrel or by the removal of the device inside the barrel that is intended to prevent the firing of solid slugs. Figure, tables, photographs, and 5 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Ballistics; Death investigations; Firearms deaths; Handguns
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