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Author Topic: books / litarature to read  (Read 29149 times)

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books / litarature to read
« on: January 12, 2005, 02:54:35 PM »
I'm new to the board.  I am an investigator for the Colorado State Public Defender.  I am interested in learning all I can about firearm examinations/ tool mark indentification.  Please refer books or other publications plus agencies or groups that may teach basics to non- professionals like me.  I am a member of the NRA.  I know they teach various classes. Do they have any that would fit into this catogory?  Thanks.

Jim G

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2005, 06:26:22 PM »

I don't believe the NRA has any classes pertaining to FA/TM identification.   A great place to start is a website run by Scott Doyle, the webmaster of this AFTE site: FIREARMSID.COM
Alison Quereau
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2005, 06:08:45 AM »
Hey Jim;
These are some of my favorites:
-AFTE Glossary
-Firearms Investigation, Identification, and Evidence, 1st ed by J. Hatcher
-Firearms Investigation, Identification, and Evidence, 2nd edition, 1977. Hatcher, Jury , and Weller
-Heard, Brian. Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics, 1st edition, 1997.
-Mathews, J. Howard. Firearms Identification,

These will get you started
Good Luck

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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2005, 10:12:36 AM »
Hi Jim,

Brian J. Heard's book, "Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics" is an excellent reference.  Well written and easy to understand.  A useful resource, although not exactly devoted to FA/TM ID, is the NRA Firearms Fact Book.  In my training, I found it very very useful.  You can order it from NRA's website.

Hope this helps!   :D
Jill R. Therriault It's pronounced "Terry-o"  :)
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Concord, NH  03305


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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2005, 07:16:41 PM »

Thanks for all the replies and suggestions!

Jim G


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