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Author Topic: Toolmarks on Reloaded Ammunition - Forensic Training Class  (Read 7611 times)

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Offline Axel Manthei

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Toolmarks on Reloaded Ammunition - Forensic Training Class
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:53:13 PM »
Toolmarks on Reloaded Ammunition - Forensic Training Class

Reloaded ammunition may be encountered by the firearm examiner in the forensic examination of evidence.
Identifying it as such ammunition is of importance. Toolmarks of the reloading process can identify the reloading tools used. But they may also interfere with the identification of a firearm.

This hands-on training class will specifically address reloaded ammunition from the view of the firearm examiner.

Contents of the class
  • Practical, hands-on reloading techniques, with single stage and progressive reloading machines.
  • Toolmarks and the tools they are produced with will be examined.
  • Explanation of the different tools and dies involved in the reloading process.
  • Case cleaning methods and their effect on breechface, extractor and ejector marks.
  • Origin and persistence of toolmarks on the cartridge cases and primers after firing.
  • Hands-on practice of the different bullet manufacturing processes used by reloaders.
  • Toolmarks on the bullets.
  • Hands-on conversion of commonly available cases into obsolete calibers.
  • Reloading methods for obsolete calibers (rimfire – pinfire).
  • Sources for reloading tools and dies.
  • A thorough review of reloading components (projectiles, cases, primers and propellants).
  • Introduction to the examination of reloading accidents with blown up firearms.
  • The history of reloading.
  • Historical reloading tools.
Test the newly acquired knowledge with multiple test examples:“Is it a reloaded cartridge?”
Different toolmarks on reloaded cartridges will be examined and evaluated by the students.

Equipment available
  • Reloading equipment 
  • Bullet manufacturing equipment
  • Stereo Microscopes
  • Comparison Microscope
  • Modern equipped class room
  • Shooting range


The class will be held on the FSG LL Shooting Range in Landsberg, Bavaria, Germany


April 16th - 20th, 2018 (Class 1)
April 23rd - 27th, 2018 (Class 2)


The classes will be held in English

More information
Details about the class, how to get there, accomodation etc. can be found on the two PDF's (see below)

Contact and Instructor

Axel Manthei (Firearms Examiner)
Albrecht-Nützel-Weg 29, 86916 Kaufering, Germany
Phone +49-8191-66704
Fax +49-8191-973326
« Last Edit: February 11, 2018, 01:55:27 PM by Axel Manthei »


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