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The figure shows three radiating petals from the entrance wound under the jaw of a victim of suicide from muzzle break on a 12 gauge shotgun. On occasion, one will encounter a shotgun with a muzzle break/compensator. Contact wounds with this device result in a petal pattern similar to that seen in rifles with muzzle breaks or flash suppressors. The general public is buying increasing numbers of military-style shotguns, some of which are equipped with muzzle breaks.

Fig.1 Three radiating petals from the entrance wound under the jaw.

Fig.2 Muzzle break on a 12 gauge shotgun.

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