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Firearms and Ballistics

BOLTON-KING, Rachel and Schulze, Johan (2016) Firearms and Ballistics. In: Practical Veterinary Forensics edited by David Bailey. CABI, CAB International, Wallingford, UK, pp. 81-117. ISBN 9781780642949

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Chapter 7 of the book entitled 'Practical Veterinary Forensics' aims to introduce forensic veterinarians to the scientific concepts underpinning the field of firearms and ballistics. This introduction will enable practitioners to understand wound formation depending on the firearm and ammunition used.

Various types of firearms, modern firing mechanisms and ammunition will be explained, together with an introduction to the physical concepts underpinning the four main constituents of the term ballistics; internal, intermediate, external and terminal ballistics. Wound ballistics is a sub-set of terminal ballistics and is specifically discussed to put the physical and chemical scientific concepts into context of forensic veterinary practice. The collection of firearms evidence from an animal and the surrounding crime scene is also considered to explain to practitioners the importance of sending this evidence for further forensic examination and analysis.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Depositing User: Rachel BOLTON-KING
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2017 09:01
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:46

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