Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics Examining and Interpreting Forensic Evidence

ISBN-10: 0470694602

ISBN-13: 9780470694602

Edition: 2nd 2009 (Handbook (Instructor's))

Authors: Brian J. Heard

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The updated second edition of Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics includes recent developed analytical techniques and methodologies with a more comprehensive glossary, additional material, and new case studies. With a new chapter on the determination of bullet caliber via x-ray photography, this edition includes revised material on muzzle attachments, proof marks, non-toxic bullets, and gunshot residues. Essential reading for forensic scientists, firearms examiners, defense and prosecution practitioners, the judiciary, and police force, this book is also a helpful reference guide for undergraduate and graduate forensic science students.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

Developments in Forensic Science
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Firearms
A Brief History of Firearms
Weapon Types and Their Operation
Proof Marks
Further Reading
Ammunition
A Brief History of Ammunition
Ammunition Components
Non-toxic Shot
A Brief History of Propellants
Priming Compounds and Primers
Headstamp Markings on Ammunition
Reference
Ballistics
Internal, External and Terminal Ballistics
Internal Ballistics
External Ballistics
Terminal Ballistics
References
Forensic Firearms Examination
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
Range of Firing Estimations and Bullet Hole Examinations
Introduction
The Use of X-ray Photography
Range of Firing Estimations for Pistols and Rifles
Chemical Tests for Range of Firing Estimations and Bullet Entry/Exit Hole Identification
Range of Firing Estimations for Shotguns
References
Gunshot Residue Examination
Introduction
Formation of Discharge Residue
Distribution of GSR Particles
Identification of GSR Particles
The Use of the SEM for GSR Detection
Sample Collection
GSR Retention
Conservation of GSR Particles on the Hands
GSR Distribution on the Hands
Identification of Type of Ammunition, Country of Origin from GSR Analysis
Environmental Contaminants
Sources of Elements Commonly Found in Lead-Based GSRs
Extending the Recovery Period for GSR
References
Gun-Handling Tests
Introduction
Methodology for Ferrozine Use
Case Notes
References
Restoration of Erased Numbers
Introduction
Methods Used for Removal of Serial Numbers
Theory behind Number Restoration
Non-recoverable Methods of Number Removal
Practice of Number Restoration
Chemical Methods of Restoration
Reagents Used for Various Metals
Electrolytic Methods of Restoration
Reagents Used
Ultrasonic Cavitation for Restoration
Magnetic Particle Method for Restoration
Other Methods of Restoration
Laser-Etched Serial Numbers and Bar Codes and Their Restoration
References
Qualifying the Expert and Cross-Examination Questions
Introduction
General Background Questions
Comparison Microscopy
GSRs
Ferrozine Test
Standard of Review: 'Daubert Trilogy'
References
Classification of Firearm-Related Death
Multiple-Shot Suicides
References
Glossary
Important dates in the History of Firearms from 1247
GSR results for Chinese and USSR ammunition
Primer content of some cartridge-operated nail guns
Commercial and General Abbreviations for Bullet Configurations
Trade Names
Gun Marks
Powder Burn Rate
Hearing Loss
General Firearms Values Conversion Table
Index
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