Forensic Ballistics Review Questions 11
1. The Small Spherical Projectiles loaded in shotshells.Also
known as shot.
2. Synonym for a handgun that does not have a revolving cylinder,
the chamber is part of the barrel.
3. Commonly used term for the propellant in a cartridge or shotshell.
4. An Explosive Substance that ignites when struck to detonate
the powder in a cartridge.
5. An Object Propelled by the force of gases produced by rapidly
6. The Trade Name of a black powder substirute with similar
burning characteristics but safer and designed to produce
less fouling in the firearm.
A. White Powder
C. Smokeless Powder
7. The Rearward Movement of a firearm resulting from firing.
8. A Cartridge or Shotshell that has been reassembled with a new
primer, powder,projectile, and other components.
9. The Basic Unit of a firearm which houses the firing and breech
mechanism and to which the barrel and stock are assembled.
10.Handgun that has a cylinder with holes to contain the
1. Modern Gun Cartridges use smokeless powder that is relatively
stable, of uniform quality, and leaves little residue when ignited.
2. For Centuries,Blackpowder was used and was quite volatile,
ignited at low temperature or shock, was composed of irregularly
sized grains, and left a heavy residue after ignition, requiring
frequent cleaning of the bore.
3. Rimfire Cartridges - have a primer mixture crimped inside the base.
4. Certerfire cartridges - have a primer mixture in a cup in the
middle of the base of the cartridge case.
5. The cylinder revolves to bring the cartridge into position to be
fired.This is Single-Action when the hammer must be cocked
before the trigger can fire the weapon.It is Double-Action when
pulling the trigger both cocks and fires the gun.