Firearms, the Law, and Forensic Ballistics
Second Edition. International Forensic Science and Investigation Series
СRС Press, Tауlor & Frаnсis Group | 2005 | ISBN: 0415316014 9780415316019 | 475 pages | PDF | 13 MB
This book offers a comprehensive reference on the forensic science of firearms. It describes what happens when a weapon is fired in terms of internal, external, and terminal/ wound ballistics, and discusses the consequences for the forensic scientist both at the scene of the shooting and in the laboratory.
Strictly speaking, a good deal of their work was related to the microscopic comparison of marks left upon cartridge cases with test firings obtained from suspect firearms. However, most of these same marks are imparted during the firing process.
The expression ‘forensic ballistics’ forms part of the title of this book, as a good deal of it explains how such marks are produced during the process of interior ballistics, the flight of projectiles and the consequences of their impact upon human tissue and other objects.
Table of Contents
1 The Beginnings
2 Firearms Legislation and the Definition of a Firearm
3 Marks and Microscopy: The Emergence of a New Science
4 Manufacture, Mechanisms and Design Aspects of Firearms
5 Internal Ballistics
6 External Ballistics and Cartridge Loadings
7 Terminal/Wound Ballistics and Distance of Firing
8 The Scene of the Shooting Incident
9 Examination of Exhibits at the Laboratory
10 Presentation of Evidence to the Courts
11 Proof Marks and the Proof of Firearms
Appendix 1: Useful Data
Appendix 2: German Ordnance Codes Used between 1938 and 1945