Chapter 4. Forensic Firearms Examination

  1. Brian J. Heard

Published Online: 29 SEP 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470694589.ch4

Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics: Examining and Interpreting Forensic Evidence, Second Edition

Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics: Examining and Interpreting Forensic Evidence, Second Edition

How to Cite

Heard, B. J. (2008) Forensic Firearms Examination, in Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics: Examining and Interpreting Forensic Evidence, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470694589.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 SEP 2008
  2. Published Print: 11 JUL 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694602

Online ISBN: 9780470694589

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Keywords:

  • Firearms Identification;
  • History;
  • rifling;
  • hook;
  • broach;
  • button;
  • Swage/hammer;
  • Fluted chambers;
  • striation comparison;
  • class characteristics;
  • individual characteristics;
  • comparison microscopy;
  • Mathematical Proof;
  • accidental discharge;
  • Ricochet Analysis;
  • Bullet Penetration

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Brief History of Forensic Firearms Identification

  • Rifling Types and Their Identification

  • Fluted, Annular Ringed, Helical, Perforated and Oversized Chambers

  • Basic Concepts of Striation Matching

  • Basic Methodology Used in Comparison Microscopy

  • Mathematical Proof of Striation Matches

  • Accidental Discharge

  • Identification of Calibre from the Bullet Entry Hole

  • Ricochet Analysis

  • Bullet Penetration and Trajectory through Glass

  • References

  • Further Reading