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Shooting Reconstruction

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This course has been designed to give students information about evaluating, interpreting, and reconstructing a shooting scene. The units within this course will cover a general overview of firearms/ammunition and their components, bullet path reconstruction theories and techniques, cartridge case ejection patterns, evidence collection, and firearm/ammunition testing, as well as gunshot wound examination. The course will also discuss the analysis of a shooting scene, and the appropriate mathematical equations to include within the analysis.



Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Differentiate between different categories of projectile impact

  • Calculate the angle of impact from an impact site

  • Describe how vehicle windows and windshields react to bullet impact

  • Discuss the variable conditions of ejection pattern tests

  • Describe the different analytic methods used for GSR

  • Understand the holistic approach to shooting reconstruction

  • Recognize the distinguishing characteristics of different ranges of gunshot wounds

  • Discuss the factors affecting the appearance of gunshot wounds


Course Structure and Schedule

This is a non-credit course offering 4.36 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 24 hours.  A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: The Principles of Shooting Reconstruction

Unit 2: An Overview of Firearms and Ballistics

Unit 3: Ammunition

Unit 4: Mathematics

Unit 5: Bullet Holes and Impact Sites

Unit 6: Bullet Path Reconstruction

Unit 7: Shooting Incidents Involving Motor Vehicles

Unit 8: Cartridge Case Ejection Patterns

Unit 9: Gunshot Residue and Other Trace Evidence

Unit 10: Shooting Scene Analysis

Unit 11: Evidence Collection

Unit 12: Firearm and Ammunition Testing

Unit 13: Gunshot Wounds

Unit 14: Shooting Reconstruction in Court


There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format.

Computer Requirements

  • Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • QuickTime

  • Macromedia Flash Player

  • Java

(Free software plug-ins are available in the Getting Started area of the course.)

Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.

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Registration Information 

Click on the "Add To Cart" button at the top to register online through our secure server. You will be receiving email with your online course access information within five working days. Please check your spam or junk folder in case the confirmation email was misplaced there. Call 1-800-253-2762, or email if you have any questions. Major credit cards are accepted.

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Course Reviews

“I have been in the field of Law Enforcement and Forensics for over 25 years. I have amassed thousands of hours of training during that period. Having participated in three forensic programs offered by WVU, I wish to comment on the experience that I have had. The courses are very well constructed, and the goals are reasonable and attainable if you stay with the process. The instructors are very knowledgeable, and are willing to help on any issue. I have participated in many different courses using different formats in the way the courses were taught. My WVU experience was one of the best I have had in my career. The program should be used by as many people in the field as possible.”



Class Details

42 Sessions
Online 24/7


Kelly Ayers 



Registration Closes On
Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/2/2018 - 4/13/2018 Online 24/7 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM TBD Kelly Ayers