Hdbk Of Firearms & Ballistics / Edition 1

Hdbk Of Firearms & Ballistics / Edition 1

by Brian J. Heard, Brian Heard Brian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471965634

ISBN-13: 9780471965633

Pub. Date: 01/03/1997

Publisher: Wiley

In cases involving the use, or suspected use, of a firearm, every aspect of the firearm or ammunition has strong evidential value — but what to look for, what any evidence found actually means and how compelling that evidence is can involve very technical elements which are confusing to the non-expert. While startling advancements in modern scientific analysis

Overview

In cases involving the use, or suspected use, of a firearm, every aspect of the firearm or ammunition has strong evidential value — but what to look for, what any evidence found actually means and how compelling that evidence is can involve very technical elements which are confusing to the non-expert. While startling advancements in modern scientific analysis have allowed forensic laboratories to produce sophisticated results, these advancements have also increased the gulf between the expert and the layperson who is required to interpret the findings. Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics addresses these issues in a very clear and accessible manner and removes the mystique which surrounds this fascinating subject. The author first traces the worldwide use and development of firearms and ammunition before going on to examine questions such as:

  • from what distance from the target was the weapon fired?
  • is there any trace evidence that proves the accused handled a particular weapon?
  • do the marks on a particular bullet prove that it was fired from a specific weapon?
  • what information on the origin of a bullet can be gleaned from the headstamp markings?
  • is it possible for an erased serial number to be restored?
The text incorporates numerous case studies from a variety of jurisdictions which act as practical examples of the issues discussed. The author also provides invaluable information on the specifications and characteristics of common weapons and explains specialist terminology in everyday language. Based on his extensive experience in court, the author concludes with advice on the cross-examination of expert witnesses. Written by a respected expert on the examination of firearms and ballistics, this is an essential handbook for both defence and prosecution practitioners, the judiciary, police officers and forensic examiners throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471965633
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/03/1997
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Firearms.

Ammunition.

Ballistics.

Forensic Firearms Examination.

Range of Firing Estimations and Bullet Hole Examinations.

Gunshot Residue Examination.

Gun Handling Tests.

Restoration of Erased Numbers.

Qualifying the Expert Witness.

Glossary.

Index.

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