Mole guns in Turkey in 2003-2005

J Forensic Sci. 2007 Jan;52(1):114-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2006.00326.x.


This study describes the frequency of mole guns in Turkey by examining the cases sent to the Council of Forensic Medicine of Turkey between 2003 and 2005. In total, 11 mole guns were examined. Mole guns are manufactured to be used as a trap against detrimental animals. Although they are not meant to be used as a firearm, they are able to cause death. Mole guns appearing in regular casework were evaluated in terms of type of the gun, number of barrels, size and caliber, rifling, design, mechanism, fitness for use, legality, and geographical distribution. Ninety-one percent of the guns were 12 gauge. Most commonly they originate from Inner Anatolia. Mole guns are typically handmade. Some examples of injuries and deaths caused by mole guns are also offered.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Agriculture
  • Animals
  • Child, Preschool
  • Equipment Design
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Firearms*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Moles*
  • Turkey
  • Wounds, Gunshot / etiology*