Forensic Firearms Services

Firearms are encountered in a range of criminal as well as non-criminal cases including those involving animals.

An examination at the scene of a shooting, including in the case of alleged euthanasia, hunting and animal cruelty cases,  the post mortem or subsequent examination of exhibits can provide valuable information, including what type of weapon has been involved, how far the weapon was from the target and the trajectory of the shot.  By comparing cartridges or bullets with weapons, it is also possible to establish whether or not a cartridge or bullet was fired by a particular weapon.

Our team includes some of the most experienced firearms experts in the country. They have detailed knowledge of the firearms legislation which is critical in robustly evaluating the case circumstances against the current legal framework.  Our specialist facilities include a test firing range, a chronograph for muzzle velocity measurement and we are accredited to the ISO17025 quality standard.

Our services include:

  • Classification of firearms, weapons and ammunition and extends to related items such as gas canisters and stun guns
  • Examination of electric shock devices and noxious substances
  • Test firing and function testing
  • Crime scene examination and reconstruction
  • Post-mortem attendance and wound interpretation
  • Comparative wound ballistics
  • Comparison of weapons with cartridges and bullets
  • Muzzle velocity measurement, range of fire, trigger pull and accidental discharge assessment
  • Assessment of the potential for conversion of imitation firearms and the capabilities of a modified imitation firearm or of “homemade” weapons and ammunition
  • Ballistics crime scene examination
  • Firearm, ammunition and component identification and legal classification
  • Test firing, range of fire determination
  • Examination of discharged or unfired ammunition components