This 1 day course aims to introduce the underlying principles in the field of forensic firearms identification and ballistics.
- Associate firearms manufacturing processes with the principles of firearms identification.
- Differentiate between class and individual characteristics for firearms identification.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the construction of small arms ammunition.
- Describe the fundamental principles underpinning the comparison of fired bullets and cartridge cases.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the scientific theory underpinning internal and external ballistics.
- Evaluate changes in projectile mechanics on its trajectory.
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:
- Types of firearms
- Ammunition composition
- Barrel manufacturing processes
- Firearms evidence collection
- Class characteristics for firearms identification
- Individual characteristics for firearms identification
- Introduction to internal ballistics
- Introduction to external ballistics
There will be two laboratory practicals to allow the students to experiment, interpret and critically evaluate the effect of physical mechanics by changing the projectile mass and angle of firearm inclination.
Lectures (3 hours)
Laboratory practicals (3 hours)
Analytical workshop (1 hour)
Standard lecture theatre, criminalistics laboratory and gun room.
Special Admission Requirements
GCSE Mathematics (Grade C and above)
GCSE Science (Grade C and above)