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 Subject: Crime Statistics by Handgun Caliber Category: Miscellaneous Asked by: applecore-ga List Price: \$10.00 Posted: 30 Jul 2003 09:47 PDT Expires: 29 Aug 2003 09:47 PDT Question ID: 236976
 ```What calibers of handgun are responsible for the highest percentages of murder and other crimes? The only answers I could find in my internet searches ignored the caliber of the weapon used. An acceptable answer will be two or three references to statistics on murders AND other crimes that includes the caliber of handgun. I would specifically like to know whether the .22 caliber handgun is used to commit crimes more often than most other guns.```
 Subject: Re: Crime Statistics by Handgun Caliber Answered By: tar_heel_v-ga on 30 Jul 2003 14:26 PDT Rated:
 ```applecore.. Thanks for an interesting question. There have been several studies done regarding the specific caliber of weapon used in various crimes. A study done in by the University of Pennsylvania showed that, in Philadelphia,: In 1985, of 91 homicides 44% .38 caliber revolver 19% .25 caliber pistol 14% .22 caliber revolver 14% .32 caliber revolver 3% 9 mm pistol 2% .357 caliber revolver In 1990, of 204 homicides 23% 9 mm pistol 18% .38 caliber revolver 16% .357 caliber revolver 16% .22 caliber revolver 10% .32 caliber revolver "The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services studied 844 homicides that occurred in 18 jurisdictions from 1989 through 1991. Firearms were identified as the murder weapon in 600 cases. Over 70% of the firearms used were handguns. Of those handguns where the caliber and firing action could be identified, 19% were a .38 caliber revolver, 10% were .22 caliber revolvers, and 9% were 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistols." "The Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention Division, studied 59 firearms-related homicides in Honolulu from 1988 to 1992. Handguns were used in 48 homicides (over 80%) including 11 handguns of 9 millimeter caliber, 10 of .357 caliber, 10 of .38 caliber, and 5 of .25 caliber." Guns Used in Crime http://www.firearmsid.com/Feature%20Articles/0900GUIC/Guns%20Used%20in%20Crime.htm Handguns Taken in Evidence in California, 1993 5,222 - .22 4,693 - .25 1,477 - .32 4,842 - .380 4,671 - .38 5,295 - 9mm 2,395 - .357 1,787 - .45 Does California Have Crime Guns? An Analysis of Justice Department Data http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/vprp/snsweb.html The top 10 guns used in crimes in the United States, according to an unpublished Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms report: 1. Smith and Wesson .38 revolver 2. Ruger 9 mm semiautomatic 3. Lorcin Engineering .380 semiautomatic 4. Raven Arms .25 semiautomatic 5. Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun 6. Smith and Wesson 9mm semiautomatic 7. Smith and Wesson .357 revolver 8. Bryco Arms 9mm semiautomatic 9. Bryco Arms .380 semiautomatic 10. Davis Industries .380 semiautomatic America's Most Wanted Guns http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,320383,00.html "The number one gun used in crimes during 1999 was the Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver. 4.6% of all handgun crimes involved this type of gun" An Analytical Discussion of Gun Violence in the United States http://www.plu.edu/~gunvlnce/facts5.html "Q: So is it fair to say that that's the gun that is most frequently used in crime? Wachtel: Well, I don't know that there's a direct correlation between that. We have reason to believe that [of] the guns most frequently used in crime now, it has actually climbed to the 9mm pistols. But certainly the Lorcin-380 and other relatively inexpensive .380 caliber and 9mm pistols are very frequently used in crimes...The Lorcin's happen to be one of them." Interview with Julius Wachtel, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm's Long Beach office http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/guns/interviews/wachtel.html Thanks again for your question. If you need any additional clarification, please let me know prior to rating my answer. Regards, -THV Search Strategy: most popular crime guns crime statistics caliber used crime statistics caliber guns used in crimes```
 applecore-ga rated this answer: and gave an additional tip of: \$1.00 ```You searched more intelligently than I did, so enjoy the good rating and the tip (albeit a small one.) I appreciate your answer; you gave me quite a bit of information. I may have been more impressed if you didn't respond so quickly, and spent a sentence or two fabricating how you struggled with search terms to get the perfect combination of results. Your response is akin to skimming the top of a pool for leaves using one of those blue skimmers, which is fair for what I paid. I was hoping to get a response akin to climbing in the pool and picking up twigs and branches, and finally scrubbing the edges, letting the pool dust settle, then vacuuming in the morning. That sort of depth searching would take longer, delve more deeply than the Google-probed portions of the internet, and should cost about five times as much. I am highly satisfied with your answer. Thank you.```

 ```The most common caliber used in crimes where police officers were killed was 9mm. http://www.ballistics.com.au/technical/statistics.php```
 ```"The .22 caliber is the most popular round identified in crime scenes. The firearms, as well as the ammunition are relatively cheap. Quieter than most rounds, almost non-existent recoil, and cheap price are the most cherished qualities of this particular caliber." RPG Worlds http://www.rpgworlds.com/alphacity/setting/weapons/ammunition.html```
 ```I agree with Pinkfreud... the .22 may be USED in more crimes, without resulting in a large number of HOMICIDES. A small caliber gun like a .22 is much more unlikely to result in a fatality compared to a .357 or .45.```