The effect of primer cap material on ballistic toolmark evidence

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There has recently been an increase in the research and implementation of advanced measurement techniques to ballistic toolmark identification. This has led to a shift from greyscale imaging to the acquisition of dense areal datasets. With the addition of mathematical correlation algorithms, these advanced techniques will be advantageous in criminal investigation. However, with the use of areal topography comes the addition of height point data which may differ in primer caps of varying material composition.
This study discusses the differences in the overall topography of firing pin impressions in different primer cap materials, and the effect it has on the successful correlation of ballistic toolmark evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalForensic Science International
Early online date8 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


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