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Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics

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ISBN13: 9780471965633
ISBN: 0471965634
Published: July 1998
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This work explains to lawyers presenting evidence in court and others, all aspects of the examination of firearms. Each aspect of firearms and ammunition has strong evidential value, but the technical aspects of the evidence can be confusing to the non-expert. The book offers a detailed examination of scientific techniques and key issues. Questions such as the distance away from a target that a weapon was fired, whether the marks on a particular bullet can be said to categorically prove that it was fired from a particular weapon or whether an erased serial number can be restored are covered in accessible terms. The technical specifications and characteristics of common weapons are also discussed, together with a plain explanation of specialist terminology and advice on the cross examination of expert witnesses.

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History of firearms; history of ammunition; ammunition components and ammunition types and calibres; headstamp markings on ammunition; weapon types and operation; rifling types and identification; proof marks; history of forensic firearms examination; basic concepts of comparison microscopy and striation matching; mathematical proof of positive striation matches; range of fire estimations; accidental discharge; ballistics; gunshot residue examination; gun handling tests; restoration of erased numbers; qualifying the expert witness; cross examination techniques; firearms technology.