You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of!    
Firearm & Gun Forum - > Handguns > General Handgun Discussion >

Can ballistics tell you the make and model of the gun a bullet came from?

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Trez's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: 3-P
Posts: 4,226
Liked 1208 Times on 772 Posts
Likes Given: 1390


Originally Posted by chewchew View Post
I used to collect old military rifles years ago and still have about 100 more or less, but I lost interest in them and don't keep up them any more, so I have a question for c3Shooter. You said you could tell the difference between a Springfield 03 and a Springfield 03-A3. Isn't the Springfield 03-A3 the one marked USMC on the tip of the barrel.? I just checked both of my 03-A3's marked USMC and I've never noticed this before, but they are both Remington. My 03 is Springfield. I know all A3's were USMC, but did springfield make any A3 USMC's, and if so are the twist the same in both makers? I"ve not keep up with the old rifles or fired them in years so I don't remember. Thanks
The M1903 has a 4 groove barrel and the M1903A3 has a 2 groove barrel, it suppose to be just as accurate but was easier manufacture..

The Medusa was required to have a 9 groove barrel, so it could be identified no matter what caliber was shot out of it. So, police would know to look for a Medusa and not just any .38 or 9mm
...... I suffer from a very rare genetic defect that causes me to be sympathetic toward the International cause. There is no cure.
Trez is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2012, 05:16 PM   #12
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
pioneer461's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 938
Liked 27 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 7


Most myths, misinformation and confusion regarding firearms and investigation technique, come from..............HOLLYWOOD!

Sometimes a movie or TV series has the benefit of good technical advisers, but most do not. It sometimes became a real problem in my former life as a detective, when trying to convince a victim / witness / juror, that just because they saw it on Tee-Vee doesn't make it true.

Try to keep things in perspective. Hollywood is entertainment. They sometimes make stuff up to fit into the script. It isn't real.
Sui Juris
Cogito, ergo armatum sum
NRA Life Member / SAF Member
Retired Police Detective '71-'01 / LEOSA Certified
Naval Aviation Veteran '65-'69

United States Constitution (c) 1791
All Rights Reserved
pioneer461 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2012, 08:11 PM   #13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 274

You mean NCIS and Jethro are not real
You have got to be kidding. Wait until I tell my wife and you WILL have some explaining to do. Shame on you.
chewchew is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2012, 12:19 PM   #14
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Pendleton, 29670,South Carolina
Posts: 2,883
Liked 1546 Times on 901 Posts
Likes Given: 2491


The news in the last few years has exposed several police department (aptly named) "crime labs", in which the forensics "experts" rubber-stamped what the prosecutors wanted via false testimony. Apparently including "absolute proof" that a certain gun fired the fatal bullet. So, anyone convicted by that kind of BS (perjury) should automatically get a new trial, shouldn't they?
AIKIJUTSU is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2012, 01:50 PM   #15
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
primer1's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 8,752
Liked 4208 Times on 2709 Posts


Article in popular mechanics said they sent bullets to ballisticians, then rotated the same bullets between different labs....many different results! Long story short- tests showed they were wrong 20% of the time! Then examples were given on murder convictions overturned because of false convictions due to faulty lab work. Scary s#*#.
Feral cat waterboarder
primer1 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
H&R 500 ballistics 97cobra General Rifle Discussion 0 11-20-2011 03:24 AM
Lead bullet too big for RCBS .380 bullet seater The Man Ammunition & Reloading 3 10-17-2011 02:04 PM
don't know make or model? zeke73 .22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion 10 04-24-2011 02:16 PM
Ballistics Gel Yunus Range Report 4 07-21-2010 12:23 PM
What model and make is this revolver? bravemaina Revolver Handguns 5 06-17-2009 05:04 AM