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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 9:11 p.m. PST

…Solving Crimes in the Old West?.

"Ballistics science has been around since the 1500s. Prior to the advent of mass production firearms, when each gun was handmade, it was possible to identify the bullet fired by a particular weapon. The first documented case was in 1835 in London; police were able to get a conviction when they matched the bullet found at a murder scene to the mold used by a suspect. The same guy had a barrel that matched the bullet.

That all changed when manufacturing replaced hand tools, making the ability to compare bullets impossible…."
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brave face14 Apr 2019 1:55 p.m. PST

Didn't Tom Berenger star in a short-lived tv show along those lines?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 3:34 p.m. PST

Don't remember….


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Lee49415 Apr 2019 10:03 p.m. PST

There was also an episode of The Rifleman on the topic.

Eagle7616 Apr 2019 4:05 p.m. PST

Little Bighorn Battlefield.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2019 6:36 a.m. PST

There are cases of bullets being extracted to determine caliber, which were used to help identify or exclude possible suspects. Hoof prints were measured, and soil samples were sometimes taken. Not everyone was strung up from a tree: there were areas that were trying to use science and observation in determining facts.

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