Interchange of automatic pistol barrels

Probably most of such interchanges in military type pistols occur unintentionally. In the case of such pistols, particularly those which are used for training purposes, very few keep their original barrels. Intentional interchange is sometimes practiced by the criminal. Such interchanges have taken place, even during the course of a murder trial. In the Sacco-Vanzetti case it was discovered that such a substitution had been made. Fortunately, a Commonwealth expert had made a photograph of the original barrel which disclosed identifying peculiarities and the judge ordered the original barrel restored. The substitution occurred while the evidente gun and a similar gun had been disassembled and reassembled in court.*

*One must also keep in mind the possibility that an automatic pistol cartridge may sometimes be fired in an automatic pistol of caliber for which it was not intended. Such a case was reported by Walter Hepner in Kriminalistik, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 101-104 (March 1958). A young man shot himself in the head (fatally) by using a 9 mm. Short cartridge in a 7.62 mm. Tokarev automatic pistol. A barrel chambered for the 7.62 bottle-necked cartridge will easily take a 9 mm. Short cartridge. Although the bullet is considerably oversized, the force of explosion is sufficient to carry it through the barrel with rather high velocity. Usually the spent cartridge will not be extracted, however.

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  • riku
    Can you interchange barrels on a ortgies?
    8 years ago

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