1 day – Firearms and Ammunition (at National Firearms Centre, Leeds)

1 day – Firearms and Ammunition (at National Firearms Centre, Leeds)
Course Title: Firearms & Ammunition (FA)

Course Length: 1 day

Time: 8:45am – 5pm

Date: TBC 2020

Location: National Firearms Centre, Leeds

Please see full description below.

Please note:
• Payment must be with the University no later than 15 days before the course starts.
• No refunds will be made within 14 days of the commencement of the course; however, substitutions can be made at any time.
• Staffordshire University reserves the right to cancel the course if unsubscribed.

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Brief Description:

This 1 day course aims to provide an understanding of how firearms design and operation together with ammunition construction influence the production of firearms evidence, particularly gunshot residue. In this course, students will expand their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of firearm design, firing mechanisms, ammunition composition and production of gunshot residue (GSR).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Differentiate between different types of firearm (prohibited and non-prohibited)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical composition of various modern cartridge ammunition for a variety of firearm types
  • Identify the appropriate ammunition for the type of firearm.
  • Consider how the design of a firearm and the composition of the ammunition may influence the distribution of gunshot residue

Module Details:

Indicative Content

In this course, students will expand their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of firearms, modern ammunition and gunshot residue. 

Subject matter will include:

  • Relevant UK firearm legislation
  • Firearm components
  • Firearm operating systems
  • Ammunition composition
  • Relationship between operating systems and firearm type to the examination and recovery of GSR
  • Collection of potential GSR evidence

The course will be delivered by staff at the National Firearms Centre at their site in Leeds. The material will be delivered in four workshops covering handguns (pistol, revolver and SMG), shotgun, rifle, reactivated and converted weapons. A live firing demonstration will be undertaken for the weapons examined and the creation of gunshot residue and other ballistics factors discussed.

Learning Strategies

Practical workshops (5 hours)

Resources Required 

NFC - armoury, firearms, ammunition, indoor firing range.

Special Admission Requirements

Completed GCSE Mathematics (Grade C and above)

GCSE Science (Grade C and above)

Due to close proximity of individuals to Section 5 prohibited weapons, individuals must:

  • be 18 years of age or over;
  • have completed the Staffordshire University 2 or 3 day Forensic Firearms Identification, Ballistics (and Ricochet) short course prior to commencing this course;


  • be able to demonstrate (in writing) their professional experience in the safe handling of such Section 5 weapons.