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Uncommon phenomenon of fired copper jacketed bullet: A case study

Author Affiliations

  • 1Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories, Kalina, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098, India
  • 2Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories, Kalina, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098, India
  • 3Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories, Kalina, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098, India
  • 4Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories, Kalina, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098, India

Res. J. Forensic Sci., Volume 5, Issue (2), Pages 1-3, October,29 (2017)


In India, cases related to the firearms are increasing significantly and now this rise is about 60-70%. In Ballistic division of directorate of forensic science laboratories, Mumbai around one thousand cases are deposited every year in which firearms are used. In one of such case, standard 9 mm calibre pistol, copper jacket having rifling marks and lead core were received in laboratory. Initially both copper jacket and lead core appears to be two different projectiles and fired from different weapons. During the comparison of copper jacket and lead core, it was observed that lead core perfectly seats inside the copper jacket of bullet, it means that copper jacket and lead core are the parts of single bullet and fired from single weapon.


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