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Pen Guns in Turkey

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This study describes the frequency and type of pen guns in Turkey by examining the cases sent to the Council of Forensic Medicine of Turkey between 2000 and 2004. In total, 32 cases and 61 pen guns were examined. These guns were evaluated in respect of the type of the gun, size and caliber, rifling, design, mechanism, fitness for use, legality, and geographical distribution. Fifty-nine percent of the guns were 22-gauge. Most commonly, they originate from South Eastern Anatolia. It is suggested that the guns are handmade.
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Keywords: ballistics; forensic science; pen guns

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Council of Forensic Medicine, Istanbul TR-34387, Turkey. 2: Department of Forensic Medicine, Karadeniz Technical University School of Medicine, Trabzon, TR-61040, Turkey. 3: Istanbul University Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Istanbul TR-34246, Turkey.

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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