• Urgent classification service for firearms, ammunition and weapons, providing statements within custodial limits. This is a ‘while you wait' service including a statement to CPS charge standards;
• Full firearms, weapons and ammunition examination service for the purposes of classification, test firing, ballistics assessment and comparison;
• Scene examination including recovery of the firearm and related material in a strategic manner to enhance full recovery of all available trace evidence;
• Multi-discipline examination of firearms/weapons to optimise recovery of trace materials including fingerprints, fibres and DNA, including recovery from internal components;
• Function testing and evaluation, producing reports on firearms capability
• Velocity testing to obtain muzzle energies
• Examination of related items such as ammunition, CS canisters and stun guns
• Examination and chemical analysis of noxious substances within CS canisters
• Testing evaluation and determination of maximum electrical discharge of stun guns
• Preparation and submission of samples to NABIS
• Examination and assessment of non-firearm offensive weapons e.g. knives, batons, crossbows etc
• We will also assess injuries/wounds with respect to specific weapons and ammunition
If you wish to visit our forensic firearms and weapons facility or discuss these services with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
At Manlove Forensics our experts will undertake original comparison work and also review work already carried out to compare areas of damage with specific tools that are submitted for comparison. Examples can include damage caused to door edges when forced open, or chain link is cut.
As the tools used often have wear that is individual to each item, a specific mark can be left when it is used to pry, cut or otherwise damage a given surface or item. The mark left can be compared to items that have been seized and a comparison made.
Our experts also examine broken items to ascertain whether or not they may have originally fitted together as one prior to being damaged. By looking at macroscopic and microscopic features it can be possible to match surfaces in three dimensions, giving this evidence type the possibility of being conclusive when it comes to providing an opinion. Physical fits also include items such as cling film, foil and other types of wrappings as well as glass, wood and in some cases, china.