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Open revolver cylinder at the suicide death scene.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12198346     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Revolvers with an open cylinder were found at three death scenes of apparently self-inflicted gunshot wounds. All three handguns were Smith & Wesson.38 or.357 revolvers. Investigation revealed that firing the gun with the thumb on the cylinder release latch could disengage the cylinder. A combination of gravity and recoil impact against the thumb would open the cylinder and even allow the casing and the unspent cartridges to fall from the gun, creating a confusing death scene.
Charles V Wetli; George Krivosta; Jack V Sturiano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2002 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-28     Completed Date:  2002-11-13     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Health Services, Suffolk County, New York, New York, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death
Forensic Medicine / methods*
Wounds, Gunshot / pathology

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