General Areas for Additional Research
The listings below are general topic areas within the firearm/toolmark discipline. Additional research within any of these areas would be beneficial for all examiners. This list is not all inclusive, but is provided in an attempt to stimulate ideas and interest. It is intended to provide a starting point for those who may desire to do a research project. The names of the individuals listed below the various topics are intended to be mentors and resource people who can be an excellent source for guidance in the research endeavor. They have agreed to assist individuals in varying capacities during the research process. Please feel free to contact them directly.
Standard vs. Polygonal Rifling Impressions
Breechface Firing Pin
Chamber Marks Anvil Marks
Extractor Marks Ejector Marks
Ejection Port Feed/Loading Marks
Composition of Material to Identify as GSR