Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics

Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics : Examining and Interpreting Forensic Evidence

By (author) Brian J. Heard

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The updated second edition of Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics includes recent developed analytical techniques and methodologies with a more comprehensive glossary, additional material, and new case studies. With a new chapter on the determination of bullet caliber via x-ray photography, this edition includes revised material on muzzle attachments, proof marks, non-toxic bullets, and gunshot residues. Essential reading for forensic scientists, firearms examiners, defense and prosecution practitioners, the judiciary, and police force, this book is also a helpful reference guide for undergraduate and graduate forensic science students.

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 172.72 x 246.38 x 30.48mm | 839.14g
  • 22 Dec 2008
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0470694602
  • 9780470694602
  • 664,890

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"I would strongly recommend that this book be made available to practicing firearms examiners, laboratory directors, others interested in this field of science and attorneys." (AFTE Journals, 2011) "Brian Heard provides readers with a sophisticated forensic interest in firearms with a hugely detailed and authoritative 'state of the art' manual of all aspects of firearms and ballistics ... Neil Davison also provides us with a detailed, thorough, and an authoritative manual on the huge variety of 'non-lethal' weapons that are available, in development, or whose development has been terminated or fallen into abeyance." (A Journal of Policy and Practice, 16 February 2011) "This second edition of the Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics is welcomed, particularly given the lack of collected research elsewhere." ( The Howard Journal , February 2010)

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Does the gunshot residue reveal how far from the target a weapon was fired? Is there any trace evidence to prove the accused handled a specific firearm? What is the likely behaviour of a ricocheting bullet? Do the marks on a bullet prove categorically that it was fired from a particular weapon? These are all issues (amongst others) that the fully revised and updated Second Edition of Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics: Examining and Interpreting Forensic Evidence covers in a clear and accessible manner. The book will be essential reading for all forensic scientists specializing in this subject, firearms examiners, defence and prosecution practitioners, the judiciary, police forces and all those involved in this field. <p>The Second Edition takes into account the most important new analytical techniques and methodologies that have now been implemented in the field. Fully revised and updated throughout, the book now includes a more comprehensive glossary, new case study material -including the Jill Dando murder enquiry - and a new chapter on the determination of bullet calibre via X-ray photography <p>- Completely revised and updated Second Edition of this successful book.<p>- Updated material on proof marks, muzzle attachments, non toxic bullets, GSR particles and SEM sampling.<p>- New case study material including the Jill Dando murder enquiry as a key example for reporting on GSR cases.<p>- New chapter on the determination of bullet calibre via X-ray photography.<p>- Now includes an updated and more comprehensive glossary to enhance understanding of the subject.<p>

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