1st Edition

Cartridges and Firearm Identification

ISBN 9781466502062
Published November 26, 2012 by CRC Press
388 Pages 159 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

At a time when crime scene television shows are all the rage amongst the civilian population, knowledge of firearm forensics is of paramount importance to crime scene analysts, police detectives, and attorneys for both the prosecution and the defense. Cartridges and Firearm Identification brings together a unique, multidisciplined approach to questions that arise regarding ammunition and firearms within the context of investigation. Supplying essential practical information about firearms and ammunition in a clear, easy-to-follow format, this volume:

  • Defines and depicts photographically all varieties of firearms
  • Presents investigative concerns of firearms evidence from the perspectives of evidence preservation and safe handling procedures
  • Introduces readers to the standards of measurement used to classify ammunition, including the significance of names, adjectives, and other descriptors used in conjunction with ammunition cartridges
  • Categorizes and identifies ammunition head stamps from cartridges produced around the world
  • Provides ammunition manufacturing practices for dozens of nations

The text offers a methodology for the identification of unknown firearms as well as ammunition of questioned identity. The author explains the terminology and describes each group of firearms and the aspects that identify the weaponry—including property marks, proof marks, and patent dates. Lavishly illustrated, this comprehensive reference includes case studies to support the text, making it a premier reference for all those responsible for the complicated task of investigating firearms and cartridges.

Table of Contents

The World of Firearms and Ammunition
Balancing Firearm Safety with Evidence Preservation
Crimes Involving Firearms and Ammunition
Firearm "Expert"? A Complex Question
Basics: Understanding What Makes a Firearm Operate
Methods of Operation
Manually Operated Firearms
Ammunition Cartridges
Ammunition: A Backdrop
Cartridge Identification by Dimensions, Names, and Identifiers
Components of Fixed Ammunition
Projectile Mass
Projectile Material Composition
Hand Loads, Reloads, and Wildcats
Caliber Interchangeability
Identification Markings
Cartridge Head Stamps
Cartridge Head Stamp Overview
Process of the Identification of a Cartridge, Cartridge Casing, or Projectile
Head Stamp and Manufacturing Practices for Selected Nations, including the Russian Federation, the former Soviet Union, and the former Warsaw Pact nations
Other Eastern European Sources
Firearm Classification Types
Long Guns
Air Guns
Ammunition-Feeding Devices
Firearm Alterations and Modifications
Case Studies of Commonly Converted Firearms
Assorted Other Conversions
The Firearm Receiver
DEWATS, Unserviceable Firearms, and Inert Firearms
Historical Footnotes on Older, Common Nameplates
Department Store Firearms
Firearm Designs Manufactured by Multiple Manufacturers
Modular Weapon Systems Concept
Firearms Identification Methodology
Firearm Markings
Serial Numbers
Model Designations
Import Markings
Other Markings
Patent Dates, Legends, and Other Information
Proof Marks

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Robert Walker has been involved in firearms examination for nearly two decades. He has been qualified as an expert in firearms, among other subjects, in the State of Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit and in the Federal Middle District of Florida. During his tenure, Robert has taught courses such as crime scene investigation and forensic photography at various colleges. He is an active police academy instructor, teaching investigative subject matter and also serving as a range officer. He routinely presents lectures related to firearms and shooting investigation to trade organizations, law enforcement agencies, and in the university setting.

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