Forensic Firearm Examination provides the reader with a thorough understanding of the theory, application and process of firearm identification. It is essential in the field of forensic firearm identification to not only understand the marks that examiners are observing, but also, more importantly, learn where these marks come from during the manufacturing process. This book explores the various machining techniques utilized in the manufacturing process and the resulting marks left by those tools. This information will equip the examiner with the knowledge to answer questions posed by the legal system regarding the uniqueness or potential similarity of marks on firearms.
Intended primarily for firearm and tool mark examiners, this valuable resource serves as a primary requirement for the training of firearm and tool mark examiners. Finally, it will be a valuable resource for attorneys who are seeking to understand better the scientific aspects of firearm identification.
- Covers the manufacturing process of all components that interact with the bullet or case during firing, the nature of manufacturing and potential pitfalls, such as subclass
- Written by an expert in the field with over 23 years of firearm and tool mark experience
1. History of Forensic Firearm Identification 2. Firearm Nomenclature 3. Manufacturing Techniques used in the Manufacturing of Firearms 4. Barrel Manufacturing and Rifling 5. Equipment used for Forensic Firearm Identification 6. Comparison of Cartridge Cases 7. Comparison of Bullets 8. Challenging Issues in Identifications and Comparisons
Mr. Monturo has been a firearm and toolmark examiner for 23+ years. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE), has made numerous contributions as an author and researcher to the AFTE Journal, and is a past recipient of AFTE's Key Person of the Year award. His past work with the Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmarks (SWGGUN) and current participation with the OSAC Firearms and Toolmarks Subcommittee has ensured that he remains on the forefront of industry standards, academic and practitioner research, and emerging technologies. Mr. Monturo regularly testifies as an expert witness in court cases involving firearms and toolmarks. He is the owner of Precision Forensic Testing, a company that provides laboratory supplies, educational resources, and forensic training to federal, state and college level personnel.