Firearm and Tool Mark Indentification - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128132500

Firearm and Tool Mark Indentification

1st Edition

The Scientific Reliability of the Forensic Science Discipline

Authors: Ronald Nichols
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128132500
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 250
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Firearm and Tool Mark Identification examines the scientific reliability of the firearm and toolmark identification discipline (FATM-ID). This reference will answer two primary questions necessary to assess the reliability of FATM-ID: 1) Do different tools produce different tool marks and 2) Can a trained examiner reliably distinguish among them? Other books published on the topic have assumed those to be true and have simply discussed what is involved in the discipline. Firearm and Tool Mark Identification will bring together all the recent studies and serve as a well-referenced single resource showing that FATM-ID is scientifically reliable.

Intended primarily for firearm and tool mark examiners, this valuable resource serves as a primary requirement for the training of firearm and tool mark examiners. Other forensic science disciplines who rely on pattern matching as a primary determining factor whether or not two objects may share a common source would also find utility in this work. Finally, it will be a valuable resource for attorneys who are seeking to understand better the scientific reliability of FATM-ID.

Written by a foremost expert in FATM-ID, Firearm and Tool Mark Identification provides a complete scientific examination for anyone involved in firearm and tool mark identification.

Key Features

  • A single resource examining the scientific reliability of firearm and tool mark identification
  • Coverage includes the role of bias in the examination process and how it can impact the reliability of the final outcome
  • Written by an expert in the field, with over 25 years of firearm and tool mark experience


Firearm and tool mark examiners, Crime Scene Investigators, Law Enforcement and Attorneys. Students and instructors studying or teaching firearm and tool mark identification

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Tool manufacture theory and practice for the firearm examiner
3. Subclass characteristics
4. State of the art
5. The examination process
6. The influence of bias
7. Validation of FATM-ID
8. Application as seen through the eyes of the courts


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About the Author

Ronald Nichols

Ron Nichols is a recognized expert in forensic science, specializing in the discipline of firearm and toolmark identification. He is widely published, especially with respect to the scientific foundations of the discipline and has provided training and consulation nationally and internationally.

Affiliations and Expertise

Nichols Forensic Science Consulting, San Francisco Bay Area

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