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I'm doing some research on gunshot wounds for a tabletop role-playing game. I have Vincent DiMaio's book Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics and Forensic Techniques, third edition, and understand it reasonably well. However, I am not a professional in the field, and it agrees with the ideas I had before I bought it well enough to make me suspicious.

I can see from straightforward web searches that he's popularly regarded as an expert on the subject. The agreement of the book with my non-expert ideas is what made me wonder if he's only a popular expert, rather than an actual one.

Is this book considered a reliable guide to its subject matter?

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  • What research have you done? The author is a widely recognized authority on the subject.
    – Carey Gregory
    Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 18:26
  • @CareyGregory: Added. Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 18:41

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