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).
- 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
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.
Practical workshops (5 hours)
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.