FSP 404 Ballistics & Firearm Study

Mode of Study -- Online/Distance
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    Course Outline

    Ballistics and Firearm Investigation is that discipline of Forensic which deals with the motion of projectile and the path it covers after being fired. Firearm investigation is a specialty of forensic science focusing on the examination of firearms and related subjects; whereas ballistics is the branch of applied physics which deals with the motion of projectile and conditions that govern the motion of projection. This area of study examines the path of a bullet from when it leaves the firearm up until it strikes the target. During investigations in which the use of firearms is suspected, a number of objects may be collected for examination and analysis, including firearms, cartridge cases, bullets, live ammunition, trace materials, and any material damaged by a projectile.


    The study of firearms and ballistics is often divided into three: interior, exterior and terminal ballistics. Interior ballistics refers to the processes inside the firearm, the minute space of time between the shooter pulling the trigger and the bullet exiting the muzzle of the gun. It can also be defined as the process of imparting energy to projectile. Following this, external ballistics deals with the bullet’s flight between leaving the firearm and striking a target, or precisely it can be described as the performance of missile or the projectile both in air as well as in space. Finally, terminal ballistics, also known as impact ballistics, refers to the effect of the projectile/missile striking at the target.


    In addition, along with the basics and principles of Forensic Ballistics and Firearm Investigation, the students will be familiarized with the usefulness and significance of live and spent cartridges as well as ammunition in forensic ballistics. The students will be given a detailed description of the application of physics and its techniques in determining the motion, speed, direction and other related facts concerned with the use of firearm at a crime scene. The firearm injuries and their chief characteristics are one of the key factors of the mentioned course structure.