Modification Methods of Blank Pistols in Turkey in 2006

Authors: Sarıbey, Aylin Yalçın; Tarımcı, Çelik

Source: Journal of Forensic Sciences, Volume 54, Number 3, May 2009 , pp. 623-627(5)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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This study describes the modification methods of blank cartridge firing pistols in Turkey. We have examined cases submitted to the Aydın Regional Criminal Laboratory of Turkey in 2006. In total, 95 modified pistols and 300 modified cartridges were examined. The blank cartridge firing pistols are guns which look similar to “real” pistols, however, there are blockages in their barrel in order to prevent the discharge of a bullet. However, as a result of simple modifications, these pistols can be easily converted into “real” firearms. Studied modification methods are removing the obstruction from the barrel, removing the partial obstruction from the barrel, sleeving a smaller diameter tube into the original barrel, using a replacement barrel, and rifling the original barrel. Special cartridges for these modified pistols are also produced. These modified pistols and cartridges were evaluated in respect of the converting methods.

Keywords: ballistics; blank cartridge; blank pistol; forensic science; modification/conversion methods; obstruction

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Engineering Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Ankara University, Tandoğan 06100, Turkey.

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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