Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Seal 

SEATTLE FBI OFFICE

Homicide Investigation

Assistant United States Attorney

Thomas Crane Wales - Deceased

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation requests assistance in identifying Makarov handguns that have been fitted with aftermarket replacement barrels.  On the night of October 11, 2001, Assistant United States Attorney THOMAS WALES was murdered in his Seattle, Washington, home.  The murderer stood outside of Wales' home and shot him several times through a window as he worked at his computer.

 

Forensics has determined that the murder weapon was a Makarov semi-automatic handgun fitted with an aftermarket barrel.  The Makarov (9x18mm) was manufactured by Soviet Block countries through approximately 1968.  The barrels in the originally manufactured Makarovs were blued steel and rifled with four lands and grooves a right twist.  The aftermarket barrels are stainless steel, rifled with six lands and grooves ,a left twist, and available in three styles (see attached photos).

 

 

 

Photograph: Makarov semi-auto pistol with threaded replacement barrel affixed.  Makarov semi-auto pistol with threaded replacement barrel affixed.    
                           

 

 

 

   

Photograph: Muzzle-side view of replacement barrel rifling 

(6 lands and grooves, left twist)
Muzzle-side view of replacement barrel rifling

       (6 lands and grooves, left twist)

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Replacement Barrels

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Photograph:Replacement Barrel (standard length)   Replacement Barrel (standard length)

 

 

 

Photograph:Replacement Barrel (extended and threaded)

  Replacement Barrel (extended and threaded)

 

 

     

 

 

Photograph: Replacement Barrel (extended and ported) Replacement Barrel (extended and ported)

 

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