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"CSI: Miami" Going Ballistic (TV Episode 2008) Poster

(TV Series)

(2008)

Goofs

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Factual errors 

About 1/2 way through the episode, Calleigh discovers the rounds used earlier were made in 1969, from a former Soviet Bloc country, and used black powder. She claims that it is illegal to sell old ammunition from those countries. In truth, no modern firearm ammunition (post 1900) would ever have been made with black powder, because it will not cycle modern semi-automatic guns reliably, as well as being so dirty that it would foul up any semi-auto very quickly, rendering it useless. Also, it is quite legal to import old (or new) ammunition from former Soviet Bloc countries, and can be purchased currently in many places.
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An agent of the ATF plays a significant role in this episode. At one point, we even see his ATF credentials. However, the ATF changed their name to the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) after 9/11. Any identification an agent carried would reflect this.
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After the munitions dealer was shot, Calleigh tells Tripp that the bullet used was a "fused alloy" which will separate into multiple pieces when it penetrates a "heat source", but will retain cohesion when passing through something "cold", such as body armor. However, this fails to take into account the heat from the gunpowder as it expands, as well as friction heat from entering anything cold, such as armor or a car door, any of which are many times more hot than a human body.
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Plot holes 

It is hard to imagine that a dealer in munitions would use 40 year old corroded ammunition in his automatic Glock pistol, when he has a warehouse full of dependable, newly manufactured ammunition to choose from.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Even though the new M.E. Dr. Higgins quite clearly was shot in the forehead, Horatio feels it necessary to bend down and try to listen for her heartbeat and getting blood on his cheek before declaring her dead. In reality, he would have just checked her carotid pulse in her neck with his fingers, if he thought her heart was still beating.
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Continuity 

: When Horatio is shot, his body lands parallel to the fuselage of the plane with him looking toward the cockpit. However, in the final scene, he is now lying parallel to the wing with him looking down the taxiway.
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