I just read a paper that provides background for understanding the study of gun shot wounds. Despite a couple of minor errors (Soviet rifles like the AK-47 and AK-74 do not use NATO rounds, and the definition of shotgun gauge is poorly worded) this seems like an excellent article to help people understand the basics of guns and how they work, and I’d like it if everyone interested in the gun debate in the US would read this so that we can all start with a common understanding of basic terminology.
The article can be found here on the website of the Jack Zimmerman Intensive Care Unit at The George Washington University.
Local copy of article available in case the official location changes.
Rhee, Moore, Joseph, Tang, Pandit, Vercruysse – Gunshot wounds: A review of ballistics, bullets, weapons, and myths