Approximately 70%–75% of homicides are committed with firearms. Write 4–5 pages that answer the following questions:

Part 1

·         Explain how a handgun is manufactured, most specifically the bore of the barrel.

·         Why is rifling present in the bore of the barrel? What is the purpose of rifling?

·         Compare and contrast a revolver versus a semiautomatic handgun. How is the caliber of a handgun determined?

·         Explain the difference between a bullet, shell casing, and a projectile.

·         When examining a handgun, projectile, or shell casing, provide examples of class and individual characteristics.

·         What is the difference between a perforating gunshot wound and a penetrating gunshot wound?

·         Compare and contrast the characteristics of an entrance wound versus an exit wound.

Part 2

·         What are the characteristics that might exist or not exist for determining the muzzle-to-target distance?

·         There are four ranges. At each range, what is the muzzle-to-target distance?

o    contact to near contact

o    close range

o    medium range

o    distant range

·         Explain the characteristics that might exist or not exist at each range. For example, a bullet hole will be a characteristic at each range.

·         What types of evidence would an investigator document from a handgun of a death scene?

Cite all references using APA citation format.

The following guidelines will be used for grading:

55%

Part 1: The students answer all questions posed and supports their answers.

40%

Part 2: The students answer all questions posed and supports their answers.

5%

The students use APA references and citations to support their research.

 



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