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Diablo Highway: Firearms Identification Lab Kit

(ships from manufacturer, est arrival 7/15/22)


Grades 6–12. Students learn how to identify the characteristics of fired cartridges and bullets in this lab and use that knowledge in the investigation of the crime. This includes the differences between class characteristics of cartridges (manufacturer, shape, and composition) and individual characteristics of cartridges (firing pin mark, breech face marks, chamber marks, extractor mark, and ejector mark). Also included are the differences between class characteristics of bullets (caliber, shape of the nose, rifling pattern, width of grooves, and number of grooves) and the individual characteristics of bullets reflected in the striations impressed on them as they speed through a firearm's barrel. This activity includes all the tools teachers and students need to conduct the lab (except for microscope, not included). Based on details from the Diablo Highway Kit (item #212188) crime scene, this lab can also be used as a stand-alone activity.

The student's guide includes:

  • A clearly written, graphically rich, easy-to-understand science lesson on firearms identification
  • Easy-to-follow procedures for the lab activities
  • Answer tables that students record their results in and submit

The teacher's guide includes:

  • Everything included in the student's guide
  • Teacher tips on how to prepare for and conduct the lab
  • An answer key


What’s Included:
  • 1 Real Shot Cartridges and Bullets Set (inert, safe)
  • 1 Control Evidence Sheets, Pack
  • 3 Calipers
  • 4 Magnifiers
  • 1 Student's Guide Copy Master
  • Story of the Crime Booklet Copy Master
  • 1 Control/Evidence Sheets Copy Master
  • 1 Online 3-D Evidence Viewer 1-Year Access
  • 1 Teacher's Guide
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Needed But Not Included:
  •  Microscope(s)
  •  Internet Access
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