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This module primarily covers the development and manufacture of small arms ammunition. Both old and new technologies are reviewed. In addition, the basic principles of handloading and reloading ammunition are addressed, referencing the tools and dies which can leave class and individual toolmarks on the surfaces of cartridges.

Small arms ammunition manufacturing technologies are important to the firearm examiner because this is an area where class characteristics are produced.  This should not be confused with the class and individual characteristics that may be produced by the operation of a firearm.

Before discussing how ammunition is made, we will review some basic nomenclature used in ammunition and its manufacturing operations.

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