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Suicide by homemade firearm: a case report.

Authors
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  • 1 Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Directorate of Forensic Science, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, Sector 36A, Chandigarh 160036, India. [email protected]o.co.in , (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medicine, science, and the law
Publication Date
Volume
47
Issue
4
Pages
345–349
Identifiers
PMID: 18069542
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper presents a unique case of suicide committed by a homemade firearm. A 56-year-old man shot himself with a homemade firearm capable of accommodating and firing 8 mm rifle ammunition. The victim put the muzzle of the weapon on the right side of his skull and died immediately after firing. The overall and barrel lengths of the firearm were 29.5cm and 17.5cm respectively. The barrel was oversized for the 8 mm rifle bullet having an average muzzle and breech diameter of .423in. (9.53 mm) and .489in. (11.02 mm) respectively. The cartridge case recovered from the chamber was swollen due to the oversized non-standard chamber. The bullet recovered was deformed and elongated. The injury and bullet track present on the victim's head were unique in nature. With respect to the weapon and ammunition, this study represents an unusual suicide. The findings will be helpful to the medicolegal experts, forensic scientists and pathologists.

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