Pen guns in Turkey

YILMAZ R., Birincioglu I., UNER H. B., GUNCE E.

JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES, vol.52, no.1, pp.116-118, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2006.00334.x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.116-118
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study describes the frequency and type of pen guns in Turkey by examining the cases sent to the Council of Forensic Medicine of Turkey between 2000 and 2004. In total, 32 cases and 61 pen guns were examined. These guns were evaluated in respect of the type of the gun, size and caliber, rifling, design, mechanism, fitness for use, legality, and geographical distribution. Fifty-nine percent of the guns were 22-gauge. Most commonly, they originate from South Eastern Anatolia. It is suggested that the guns are handmade.