Volume 24, Issue 1 (January 1979)
The Effect of Glass as an Intermediate Target on Bullets: Experimental Studies and Report of a Case
It is well known that intermediate targets may influence the distribution of pellets in fatal injuries by shotguns [1–3] and that a variety of objects, including glass, window screens, and articles of clothing, may serve as intermediary targets for bullets, may cause ricochet of bullets, or may become secondary missiles [4,5]. Although methods are available for examination and comparison of glass fragments, recent textbooks do not consider the potential effect of glass as an intermediate target on the characteristics of the wound of entrance. The results of experimental ballistic studies with glass, as well as a medico-legal case, are discussed in this report.