Journal Published Online: 01 March 1996
Volume 41, Issue 2

Not Under the Hammer: A Revolver Suicide



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.

Author Information

Lew, EO
Dade County Medical Examiner Department, Miami, FL
Kennington, RH
Metro-Dade Police Department Crime Laboratory, Miami, FL
Pages: 3
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Stock #: JFS15435J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15435J