Original Article: PDF OnlyCharacteristics of Firearms and Gunshot Wounds as Markers of SuicideStone, Irving C. Ph.D.Author Information From the Physical Evidence Section, Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Texas The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: December 1992 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 - p 275-280 Buy Abstract Data from a total of 1,200 cases that the Medical Examiner of Dallas County, Texas, ruled as suicide with a firearm have been compared with the results of forensic laboratory examinations and tests; 75% are with handguns and 25% are with long guns. The incidence of suicides by gender yields 82% males and 18% females, with the most common entrance site being the head. With regard to racial distribution of persons committing suicide, >88% are white in the study population group, which is 76% white. Data are presented for the incidence of blood detected inside and on the muzzle end of the barrel of the firearm, and for the persistence of blood inside the barrel even after the weapon was discharged to obtain test bullets. The analysis of handwipings for primer residues shows that “positive” results are obtained for ˜50% of the revolvers and ˜32% of the pistols when the caliber is >22. Other projects such as transfer of gunshot residues to the hand by simply handling the weapon, the incidence of single-contact wounds in homicide versus suicide cases, and the percent of positive identification of bullets with weapons submitted are described © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.