(Received 10 December 1990; accepted 31 January 1991)
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Entrance gunshot wounds of the skull generally have internal beveling. External beveling has been previously described in association with internal beveling (keyhole defect) and with wounds from handgun projectiles. An accidental shooting is described in which a 22-year-old male sustained a perforating gunshot wound of the head at distant range from a 5.56-mm (.223-caliber) fully jacketed rifle round. Although the entrance wound had symmetrical external beveling, misinterpretation of this particular entrance wound as an exit wound would have been difficult.
Regional medical examiner, Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, and staff forensic pathologist, Department of Laboratory Medicine (Anatomic Pathology Division) and c/o Clinical Investigation Department Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA
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