Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics: Examining and Interpreting Forensic Evidence / Edition 2

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Does the gunshot residue reveal how far from the target a weapon was fired? Is there any trace evidence to prove the accused handled a specific firearm? What is the likely behaviour of a ricocheting bullet? Do the marks on a bullet prove categorically that it was fired from a particular weapon? These are all issues (amongst others) that the fully revised and updated Second Edition of Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics: Examining and Interpreting Forensic Evidence covers in a clear and accessible manner. The book will be essential reading for all forensic scientists specializing in this subject, firearms examiners, defence and prosecution practitioners, the judiciary, police forces and all those involved in this field.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I would strongly recommend that this book be made available to practicing firearms examiners, laboratory directors, others interested in this field of science and attorneys." (AFTE Journals, 2011)

"Brian Heard provides readers with a sophisticated forensic interest in firearms with a hugely detailed and authoritative ‘state of the art' manual of all aspects of firearms and ballistics . . . Neil Davison also provides us with a detailed, thorough, and an authoritative manual on the huge variety of ‘non-lethal' weapons that are available, in development, or whose development has been terminated or fallen into abeyance." (A Journal of Policy and Practice, 16 February 2011)

"This second edition of the Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics is welcomed, particularly given the lack of collected research elsewhere." (The Howard Journal, February 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470694602
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Series: Developments in Forensic Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 823,089
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Heard began his career as an examiner in firearms and ballistics with the Metropolitan Police Forensics Firearms Laboratory at New Scotland Yard, London, UK. He rose to the level of Deputy Head of the Laboratory before joining the Royal Hong Kong Police as a ballistics officer. He is currently the officer in charge of the Ballistics and Firearms Identification Bureau for the Royal Hong Kong Police. He appears regularly in court as an expert witness in cases involving firearms, ammunition, tools and toolmarks, and has undertaken the research, development and implementation of improved techniques for the collection, examination and interpretation of gunshot residue particles via a scanning electron microscope. He also lectures to police training establishments and related organisations on all aspects of forensic ballistics, forensic firearms and toolmark examinations, gunshot residue analysis and the use of these techniques in criminal investigations. His personal interests include rock climbing and he has previously published a book on rock climbing in Hong Kong.
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Table of Contents

1 Firearms 1

2 Ammunition 43

3 Ballistics 101

4 Forensic firearms examination 145

5 Range of firing estimations and bullet hole examinations 211

6 Gunshot residue examination 241

7 Gun-handling tests 271

8 Restoration of erased numbers 277

9 Qualifying the expert and cross-examination questions 291

10 Classification of firearm-related death 350

11 Glossary 311

App. 1 Important dates in the history of firearms from 1247 333

App. 2 GSR results for Chinese and USSR ammunition 341

App. 3 Primer content of some cartridge-operated nail guns 345

App. 4 Commercial and general abbreviations for bullet configurations 347

App. 5 Trade names 353

App. 6 Gun marks 373

App. 7 Powder burn rate 377

App. 8 Hearing loss 381

App. 9 General firearms values conversion table 389

Index 393

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