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Experimental blowgun injuries, ballistic aspects of modern blowguns
Dept. Forensic Med. Stockholm N., Stockholm, Box 1352, S-171 26, Solna, Sweden.
2000 (English)In: Forensic Science International, ISSN 0379-0738, Vol. 112, no 1, 59-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Slender thin arrows blown through modern blowguns can cause serious injuries. In this paper we present some data regarding the terminal ballistics of such an arrow when blown by a young male who had no previous experience with the weapon. The penetration depth into wood was similar to that of an arrow fired from a pistol-crossbow. Further, the blowgun arrow could pass through more than 7 mm of porcine bone. The velocities at a distance of 2 m from the blowgun of three different types of arrows having weights of 1-1.6 g and diameters between 1 and 5 mm were between 22 and 32 m/s, giving an energy of 0.3 to 0.6 J. When blown from a blowgun, these slender modern arrows can thus penetrate human skin and even the cranial bone of a child and cause serious injury. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

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2000. Vol. 112, no 1, 59-64 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-47619DOI: 10.1016/S0379-0738(00)00178-XOAI: diva2:268515
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-14

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