History Of Firearms Identification

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  • 1. 

    What century is credited with the discovery of gunpowder ( i.e. Roger Bacon time period)?

    • A.

      12th Century

    • B.

      13th Century

    • C.

      14th Century

    • D.

      15th Century

    • E.

      16th Century

    Correct Answer
    B. 13th Century
    Explanation
    Gunpowder was first formally recognized in the 13th century and is credited to Roger Bacon. However, it is believed that the Chinese had discovered gunpowder earlier and used it in their creation of fireworks.

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  • 2. 

    In what century were both the Matchlock and Wheel lock introduced?

    • A.

      13th Century

    • B.

      14th Century

    • C.

      15th Century

    • D.

      16th Century

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. 15th Century
    Explanation
    The Matchlock and Wheel lock were both introduced in the 15th Century. This was a period of significant advancements in firearm technology, with the Matchlock being one of the earliest forms of portable firearms. The Matchlock utilized a slow-burning match cord to ignite the gunpowder, while the Wheel lock used a small wheel to create sparks for ignition. These innovations revolutionized warfare and hunting, making firearms more reliable and easier to use.

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  • 3. 

    Patrick Ferguson is credited with the creation of what type of firearm? (capticalize first letter of the answer to ensure correct grading)

    Correct Answer
    Breech loading
    Breechloading
    Breachloading
    Breach loading
    Explanation
    Patrick Ferguson is credited with the creation of the breechloading firearm.

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  • 4. 

    Thomas Blanchard is credited with the invention of what?

    • A.

      Screwdriver

    • B.

      Chainsaw

    • C.

      Laithe

    • D.

      Metal Forging processes

    • E.

      Broach

    Correct Answer
    C. Laithe
    Explanation
    Thomas Blanchard is credited with creating the laithe which created a more practical way of creating the stocks for long arms in the place of hand carving them. This same technique is applied to many other objects, like table legs, banisters, and other wood workings.

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  • 5. 

    The inventor Eli Whitney's greatest contribution to firearms manufacture was what?

    • A.

      Cotton Gin

    • B.

      Interchangable Parts

    • C.

      Blackpowder

    • D.

      The Metallic Cartridge

    • E.

      None, he made no significant contribution to firearms manufacture.

    Correct Answer
    B. Interchangable Parts
    Explanation
    Eli Whitney's greatest contribution to firearms manufacture was the development of interchangeable parts. This innovation revolutionized the manufacturing process by allowing for the mass production of firearms. Prior to Whitney's invention, each firearm had to be individually crafted and fitted, making the process time-consuming and expensive. With interchangeable parts, components could be manufactured separately and then assembled, greatly increasing efficiency and reducing costs. This development had a profound impact on the firearms industry and set the stage for the industrialization of manufacturing in general.

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  • 6. 

    Who once said that a firearm was a "machine that throws balls"?

    • A.

      Dan Wesson

    • B.

      Horace Smith

    • C.

      Samuel Colt

    • D.

      Oliver Winchester

    • E.

      William Ruger

    Correct Answer
    D. Oliver Winchester
    Explanation
    Oliver Winchester is the correct answer because he was the founder of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, which was known for producing firearms. He played a significant role in the development and popularization of the lever-action rifle, which revolutionized the firearms industry. While the quote provided in the question is not directly attributed to him, it aligns with his expertise and involvement in the firearm manufacturing business.

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  • 7. 

    Which manufacturer made the .45 caliber revolver named "The Peacemaker"?

    • A.

      Smith & Wesson

    • B.

      Sturm and Ruger

    • C.

      Winchester

    • D.

      Colt

    • E.

      Glock

    Correct Answer
    D. Colt
    Explanation
    Colt is the correct answer because they are the manufacturer who made the .45 caliber revolver named "The Peacemaker."

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  • 8. 

    The Springfield Armory was founded at what location?

    • A.

      New Haven, Conn.

    • B.

      Springfield, Ill.

    • C.

      Springfield, Mass.

    • D.

      Worchester, Mass.

    • E.

      Irvine, Cal.

    Correct Answer
    C. Springfield, Mass.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Springfield, Mass. The Springfield Armory was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts. This location was chosen because it was strategically located near important transportation routes and had access to skilled labor. The armory played a significant role in American history, producing firearms for the military from its founding in 1777 until its closure in 1968.

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  • 9. 

    Joshua Shaw was awarded a patent for what type of firearm ignition system?

    • A.

      Flintlock

    • B.

      Percussion Cap

    • C.

      Pinfire

    • D.

      Rimfire

    • E.

      Snaphaunce

    Correct Answer
    B. Percussion Cap
    Explanation
    In 1822 the patent was awarded to Shaw for the percussion lock priming system. In this system a cup, contained the fulminate compound, is placed over a nipple on the firearm. Upon ignition the flame shoots down the nipple and ignited the powder charge and fires the gun.

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  • 10. 

    ___________ is the name of the cartridge which consists of a bullet with a hollow based filled with powder and primer.

    • A.

      Flobert

    • B.

      7.62 x 39

    • C.

      Volcanic

    • D.

      Morse

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Volcanic
    Explanation
    The Flobert was a cartridge consisting of a percussion cap attached to a projectile (no powder charge). The Morse cartridge has a integral anvil made of heavy wire. The 7.62 x 39 is a military caliber cartridge of a much later design.

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  • 11. 

    AFTE was organized in what year?

    • A.

      1835

    • B.

      1907

    • C.

      1969

    • D.

      1995

    • E.

      2001

    Correct Answer
    C. 1969
    Explanation
    AFTE, which stands for the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners, was organized in the year 1969.

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  • 12. 

    The Bureau of Forensic Ballistics was extablish by four men NOT including?

    • A.

      C.E. Waite

    • B.

      Balthazard

    • C.

      Fisher

    • D.

      Goddard

    • E.

      Gravelle

    Correct Answer
    B. Balthazard
    Explanation
    The Bureau of Forensic Ballistics was established by four men, namely C.E. Waite, Fisher, Goddard, and Gravelle. Therefore, Balthazard is not included in the list of the founders of the bureau.

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  • 13. 

    Gravelle's contribution to Firearms Identification and Examination was what?

    • A.

      Firearms assembly and disassembly books

    • B.

      Mechanical diagram of firearm function

    • C.

      Use of comparison microscope for fired evidence comparison

    • D.

      Use of tragectory and velocities to determine point of origin of fired bullet

    • E.

      Use of stereoscope for the examination of fired evidence

    Correct Answer
    C. Use of comparison microscope for fired evidence comparison
    Explanation
    Gravelle's contribution to Firearms Identification and Examination was the use of a comparison microscope for the comparison of fired evidence. This technique allowed for a more detailed analysis and comparison of bullet markings and other firearm-related evidence, leading to more accurate identification and examination of firearms.

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  • 14. 

    What is the name of the event that occured on February 14th 1929?

    • A.

      St. Valentine's Day

    • B.

      St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    • C.

      The Day the Earth Stood Still

    • D.

      The Shot Heard Round the World

    • E.

      The beginning of the end

    Correct Answer
    B. St. Valentine's Day Massacre
    Explanation
    On February 14th, 1929, a notorious event known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place. This event involved the murder of seven members of Chicago's North Side Gang, led by George "Bugs" Moran, by members of Al Capone's South Side Italian gang. The massacre was a result of the ongoing rivalry between the two gangs for control over illegal activities such as bootlegging during the Prohibition era. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre became one of the most infamous and brutal incidents in the history of organized crime in the United States.

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  • 15. 

    Who became the Director of the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory upon its inception at Northwestern University School of Law?

    • A.

      Waite

    • B.

      Fisher

    • C.

      Goddard

    • D.

      Einstein

    • E.

      Gravelle

    Correct Answer
    C. Goddard
    Explanation
    Goddard became the Director of the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory upon its inception at Northwestern University School of Law.

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  • 16. 

    AFTE stands for what?

    • A.

      Acculmination of Firearms Technicians Examine

    • B.

      Association of Firearms Thoroughly Examined

    • C.

      Association of Firearms and Toolmarks Examiners

    • D.

      Associated Firearms and Toolmarks Examiners

    Correct Answer
    C. Association of Firearms and Toolmarks Examiners
    Explanation
    AFTE stands for Association of Firearms and Toolmarks Examiners. This organization is dedicated to promoting the exchange of information, methods, and research in the field of firearms and toolmarks examination. They provide training, certification, and support to professionals involved in the examination and analysis of firearms and toolmarks in criminal investigations.

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