Fired casings?

Fired casings?

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    Fired casings?

    Hi I've read something and wonder if its true or not. Okay here goes I read that forensics can really get fingerprints from a fried shell casing like you see on t.v. shows like CSI and such,BUT in real life they can get prints from bullet that are still in the gun's magazine.


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    Maybe it's me but I don't really see what you are asking. Could you rephrase or elaborate a bit? Thanks
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    You should be able to get a print off an unfired casing, but I don't know how complete it would be. It's not exactly a large surface, even on a .45. The fired casing would probably burn the oil from fingerprints into the case, but I don't know how recoverable it would be.

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    rottkeeper I was asking if fingerprints can be recovered from a shell casing from a round thats been fired.

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    For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the son of man be. Mathew 24:27

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    That's some interesting technology. I was watching the new Batman movie, and they managed to pull a print off a fragmented bullet. Only the movies now, but may not be that far in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    That's some interesting technology. I was watching the new Batman movie, and they managed to pull a print off a fragmented bullet. Only the movies now, but may not be that far in the future.
    The link was about getting prints off of a cartridge. Given what all a bullet goes through when it hits something I very much doubt that fingerprints off a bullet will ever be recoverable. Perhaps a very hard bullet that doesn't deform at all when it hits something could be used.

    Personally, I touch the cartridge and not the bullet when I load a magazine, so there's no way the fingerprint would ever get on the bullet itself. Not sure why anyone would routinely touch the bullet.

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    Bear in mind, that often times, and especially on such small objects as bullet casings, the prints recovered are non-identifiable because they are either a partial print or a smudged print.

    However, if you are extremely anal and like to keep your bullets nice and shiny looking, you wear cotton gloves when you load your magazines.

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    thanks guys cool link also I ask because I've always been curious about forensic science it quite fascinating to me.

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