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NCJ Number: NCJ 241247     Find in a Library
Title: Identification of Two Unusual Types of Homemade Ammunition
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Author(s): Hsieh-Chang Lee, M.Sc. ; Hsien-Hui Meng, Ph.D.
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:July 2012  Pages:1102 to 1107
Date Published: 07/2012
Page Count: 6
  Annotation: This study examined two types of illegal homemade ammunition.
Abstract: Illegal homemade ammunition is commonly used by criminals to commit crimes in Taiwan. Two unusual types of homemade ammunition that most closely resembling genuine ammunition are studied here. Their genuine counterparts are studied as the control samples for the purpose of comparison. Unfired ammunition is disassembled, and the morphological, dimensional, and compositional features of the bullet and cartridge case are examined. Statistical tests are employed to distinguish the dimensional differences between homemade and genuine ammunitions. Manufacturing marks on head stamps of the cartridge case are carefully examined. Compositional features of propellant powders, primer mixtures, and gunshot residues are also analyzed. The results reveal that the morphological, dimensional, and compositional features of major parts of the ammunition can be employed to differentiate homemade cartridges from genuine ones. Among these features, tool marks on the head stamps left by the bunter can be used to trace the origin of ammunition. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Ammunition ; Firearms identification ; X-Ray Technology ; Gunshot residue ; Taiwan
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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