January 8, 2012, 10:44 PM
I was watching an old episode of "Bones" (The Sin In The Sisterhood) the other night and at one point one of the squints is measuring the entry wound which he places at 15mm (oblique angle). Dr Saroyan (she of the infamous "National Gun Registry" "The Male In The Mail") immediately states that the bullet must be something between a 9mm and a .38.
Apparently Hollywood can't be troubled to learn that the two rounds are essentially the same size.
January 8, 2012, 10:47 PM
You really can't tell what caliber a gunshot wound comes from at all, unless you recover the bullet. A .45 FMJ makes the same size entry wound in a pig as a .357 JSP, and they both make a similar entry wound to a .380 JHP or a .50AE FMJ (Edit to add, of course the internal damage and exit wound will vary)
January 8, 2012, 10:48 PM
Hollywood, by and large, does not like guns, will not bother to treat them accurately in their stories, and does not think anyone watching is smart enough to know the difference anyway.
January 9, 2012, 12:05 AM
OMG = Obummer Must Go
January 9, 2012, 12:08 AM
Research takes time. People who take the time to do research have to get paid or they won't do it. Studios know that more than 99% of viewers will not notice or care about the errors, so they will not pay money to research and correct something that does not matter.
January 9, 2012, 12:18 AM
Scripts for TV shows go from written concept to full-blown production in a very short amount of time.
Given that TV dramas exist to entertain their audience first and foremost, and dispense actual facts last and never, stuff like this happens all the time.
So, instead of beating this particularly dumb horse yet again, let's talk about actual guns.