Forensic Firearm Examination - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128145395

Forensic Firearm Examination

1st Edition

Authors: Chris Monturo
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128145395
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 3rd June 2019
Page Count: 450
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Forensic Firearm Examination provides the reader with a thorough understanding of the theory, application and process of firearm identification. It is essential in the field of forensic firearm identification to not only understand the marks that examiners are observing, but also, more importantly, learn where these marks come from during the manufacturing process. This book explores the various machining techniques utilized in the manufacturing process and the resulting marks left by those tools. This information will equip the examiner with the knowledge to answer questions posed by the legal system regarding the uniqueness or potential similarity of marks on firearms.

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. Finally, it is a valuable resource for students and members of the legal community who are seeking to understand better the scientific aspects of firearm identification.

Key Features

  • Covers the manufacturing process of all components that interact with the bullet or case during firing, the nature of manufacturing and potential pitfalls, such as subclass
  • Written by an expert in the field with over 23 years of firearm and tool mark experience


Forensic Firearm Examiners, Forensic/Crime Laboratories, Crime Scene Investigators, and Law Enforcement. Attorneys and Judges as well as Students and Instructors studying or teaching forensic firearm identification

Table of Contents

1. History of Forensic Firearm Examination
2. Firearm Nomenclature and Firearm Types
3. Ammunition
4. Fundamentals of Forensic Firearm Examination
5. Manufacturing Techniques used in the Manufacturing of Firearms
6. Barrel Manufacturing and Rifling
7. Equipment used for Forensic Firearm Examination
8. Comparison of Cartridge Cases
9. Comparison of Bullets
10. Documentation, Notes, and Reports
11. The Expert Witness
12. Subclass Characteristics
13. Pitfalls and Challenging Comparisons
14. Legal Challenges to the Science of Forensic Firearm Examination
15. Emerging Technology in Comparisons


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About the Author

Chris Monturo

Mr. Monturo has been a firearm and toolmark examiner for 23+ years. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE), has made numerous contributions as an author and researcher to the AFTE Journal, and is a past recipient of AFTE’s Key Person of the Year award. His past work with the Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmarks (SWGGUN) and current participation with the OSAC Firearms and Toolmarks Subcommittee has ensured that he remains on the forefront of industry standards, academic and practitioner research, and emerging technologies. Mr. Monturo regularly testifies as an expert witness in court cases involving firearms and toolmarks. He is the owner of Precision Forensic Testing, a company that provides laboratory supplies, educational resources, and forensic training to federal, state and college level personnel.

Affiliations and Expertise

Forensic Firearm Examiner, Hamilton County Coroner's Office/Crime Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH, USA

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