This 2 day course aims to provide an understanding of the role of the firearms examiner in forensic firearms investigations and detail the underlying principles in the field of 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 and apply the fundamental principles underpinning the comparison of fired bullets and cartridge cases.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific theory underpinning internal, external and terminal 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, firearm component manufacturing, and forensic firearms identification, internal, external and terminal ballistics.
Subject matter will include:
- 1968 Firearms Act (amendment)
- 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
- Introduction to terminal ballistics
The first of three laboratory practicals will cover the collection of firearms evidence from a crime scene and the comparison of fired ammunition component(s).
Two further 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 (6 hours)
Laboratory practicals (6 hours)
Analytical workshop (2 hours)
Standard lecture theatre, criminalistics laboratory and gun room.
Special Admission Requirements
GCSE Mathematics (Grade C and above)
GCSE Science (Grade C and above)