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1 Ballistics By the end of this unit you will be able to: o Explain the differences between a handgun, a rifle, and a shotgun o Know the series of events.

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1 1 Ballistics By the end of this unit you will be able to: o Explain the differences between a handgun, a rifle, and a shotgun o Know the series of events in the gun which cause the bullet to leave the barrel. o Describe unique markings that may be used to identify bullets or guns used in cases. Lands and grooves Rifling Firing pin impressions

2 2 Ballistics o Describe how bullets are test fired and matched in the laboratory o Discuss the role of ballistics recovery and examination at a crime scene o Determine the position of the shooter based on bullet trajectory

3 3 Introduction Ballistic evidence helps explain: o What type of firearm was used o The caliber of the bullet o The number of bullets fired o Where the shooter was located o Whether a weapon was fired recently o If a firearm was used in previous crimes

4 4 Review Firearms and Rifling o Grooves and ridges (lands) in the barrel of a gun produce the twisting that adds accuracy o This leaves a pattern on the bullet that is unique

5 5 Review: Bullets, Cartridges, and Calibers o Cartridgea case that holds a bullet, primer powder, and gunpowder o The bullet, usually of metal, is out front with the cartridge, holding the primer and propellant powders, behind.

6 6 Review: How a Firearm Works 2. The primer powder sparks through the flash hole to the main propellant supply 1. The firing pin hits the base of the cartridge, igniting the primer powder 3. The pressure of the explosion pushes the bullet from the casing into the barrel 4. The bullet follows the lands and grooves spiraling out of the barrel

7 7 Caliber of the Cartridge o Calibera measure of the diameter of the cartridge o In hundredths of an inch o Common calibers include.22,.25,.357,.38,.44, and.45 o Why should the caliber of ammunition match the firearm that shoots it? If they do not match, what could go wrong?

8 8 Review: The Study of Bullets and Cartridge Casings 1. How is each fired bullet marked? 2. What is the procedure to match a spent bullet to the firearm that shot it? 3. What makes up a test-firing, and why is it done?

9 9 Review: Marks on the Spent Cartridge Casings – Evidence found at a crime scene o Firing pin marks appear on the rim or center of the spent cartridge can be used to match a cartridge to a firearm

10 IBIS Integrated Ballistic Identification System o Program controlled by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms) o Software and program which produces a digital history of bullets,casing,and cartridges. o FBI and ATF joined forces and use a super powered computer now to track ballistic evidence left at crime scenes. 10

11 11 Gunshot Residues o Gunshot Residues (GSR) Particles of unburned powder and traces of smoke Leave traces on the hand, arm, face, hair, or clothing of the shooter and/or victim Hot gasses may cause burns o Chemical testing can detect residue even if removal is attempted o 3 elements :lead, antimony, & barium; all 3 must be present to be used in court

12 How a spectrophotometer works o Spectrophotometer is the name of a machine which can identify elements and the amounts of each element to create a spectrum chart. o 12 Height of peak shows concentration Location on X- axis IDs type of element

13 Distance Identification o Distance from victim to shooter can be determined by examining the residue pattern on the victim If muzzle touches victim: burns, powder and partial bullet fragments will be imbedded into wound. Blood and tissue back backsplash onto gun or shooter. At a distance, less powder and burning occurs to victim. Powder will coat clothing and hands of shooter but can be washed off. This is why crime scene investigator tape brown bags over the hands. 13

14 Wound Patterns o Entry wounds Smaller than exit wounds Entry wounds can pull fibers into body If close contact= star shaped or shredded appearance Distance very neat entry wound Can be difficult if bullet ricochets off bone Caliber and velocity affect wound appearance 14

15 15 Trajectory o Two reference points are needed to define the trajectory o Investigators can figure the shooter discharged the firearm somewhere along that line

16 16 Trajectory o Reference points can be bullet holes in objects or victims An entry point and exit point on a victim Gunshot residue or spent cartridge casings o Lasers can trace a straight-line path to determine the position of the shooter

17 17 Trajectory and Gravity o Bullets path is slightly curved o Gravity pulls it downward as the bullet moves forward Diagram is highly exaggerated

18 18 Determining the Location of the Shooter Building is 60 feet away along the horizon line Bullet hole is 4 feet above the ground Where is the shooter located?

19 How to read a right triangle o Sine, Cosine and Tangent are all based on a Right-Angled Triangle 19 "Opposite" is opposite to the angle θ "Adjacent" is adjacent (next to) to the angle θ "Hypotenuse" is the long one Adjacent is always next to the angle And Opposite is opposite the angle

20 Sine, Cosine and Tangent 20 Sine Function:sin(θ) = Opposite / Hypotenuse Cosine Function:cos(θ) = Adjacent / Hypotenuse Tangent Function:tan(θ) = Opposite / Adjacent

21 Example: find the height of side d Start with: sin 39° = opposite/hypotenuse = d/30 Swap Sides:d/30 = sin 39° Use a calculator to find sin 39°:d/30 = … Multiply both sides by 30: d = … x 30 = to 2 decimal places. 21

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