Not Under the Hammer: A Revolver Suicide

    Volume 41, Issue 2 (March 1996)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Page Count: 3

    Lew, EO
    Associate Medical Examiner, Dade County Medical Examiner Department, Miami, FL

    Kennington, RH
    Firearms Examiner, Metro-Dade Police Department Crime Laboratory, Miami, FL

    (Received 22 May 1995; accepted 6 July 1995)


    A man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The only inconsistent finding at the scene was that the single fired cartridge casing in the latched revolver cylinder was not under the hammer. This inconsistency is explained by the discovery that the revolver cylinder can be hand-indexed in reverse. The revelation that the casing does not have to be under the hammer may be a novel concept to many investigators.

    Paper ID: JFS15435J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15435J

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    Title Not Under the Hammer: A Revolver Suicide
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30