Kyiv Research Institute of Forensic Expertise
03057 City of Kyiv Smolenska Street, 6
Phone number(044) 200-29-10

Examination of Weapon

  • Ballistic Examination of Firearm and Ammunition to it

The main tasks of research of firearm and ammunition to it are:

- to detect affiliation of objects to the firearms or firing products structurally similar to them;

- to detect affiliation of objects to small arm ammunition or firing products structurally similar to this ammunition;

- to determine the type, the system (model) and caliber of firearm and ammunition, as well as products structurally similar to them;

- to determine condition (serviceability) of weapon, ammunition and their suitability for firing;

- to determine the mode of production or reconstruction of firearm, ammunition and products structurally similar to them;

- to detect affiliation of objects to the parts (components) of firearm and more.

  • Ballistic Research of Weapon Traces, Shot Traces and Situational Circumstances of Shot

The main tasks of research of weapon traces, shot traces and situational circumstances of the shot include:

- to identify a particular specimen of firearm or products structurally similar to it for the traces lefr on spent bullets, buckshot, cartridge cases;

- to determine possibilities of shot without pressing the trigger under certain conditions (eg, weapon falls to the ground, floor, etc.);

- to detect the circumstances related to the use of weapon or products structurally similar to it (the fact of shooting since the last cleaning and lubrication of the weapon, number of shots, the shot distance and direction, the relative position of the weapon and the obstacle, etc.) and more.

  • Research of Side Arms (knives, swords, daggers, sabers, axes, hammers, flails, stuffs, maces, etc.)

The main objectives of this type of examinations are:

- to detect affiliation of stubbing, cutting, hacking objects to the edged side arms, hitting and crushing objects to the blunt side arms;

- to determine the type, form, pattern (for industrial products) of side arms or products structurally similar to them and so on.

  • Research of Weapon of Non-kinetic Destruction

The main objectives of this type of examinations are to detect affiliation of objects to the weapon, special means of active defense, non-lethal means or other products structurally similar to them, to determine their type, form, model or pattern (for industrial products), method of production and suitability for the intended use and so on.

  • Research of Grenade Launchers and Barreled Artillery

The main objectives of this type of examinations are to detect affiliation of objects to the firearm or reactive weapon, to determine their type, form, model or pattern (for industrial products), the manufacturing method and suitability for the intended use.

  • Research of Missile Weapon

The main objectives of the missile weapon examinations are to detect affiliation of objects to the missile or reactive weapon, to determine their type, form, model or pattern (for industrial products), the manufacturing method and suitability for the intended use.

Additional information is provided in paragraph 4 Section I of Scientific Guidance on the preparation and the appointment of forensic examinations and expert studies, approved by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on 08.10.1998 № 53/5 (amended).