Arquebus Solutions appoints Forensic Firearms Consultancy to supports its new Ballistics Managed Service solution.

Arquebus Solutions are delighted to announce the appointment of Forensic Firearms Consultancy (FFC) as the company’s independent forensic firearms experts. The appointment comes as the company announces the launch of its pioneering Managed Service solution.

The solution allows for the processing of bullet and cartridge case based material using the state of the art Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) produced by Forensic Technology Incorporated (FTI) of Montreal, Canada.


This new and exciting service caters for many of the eventualities and challenges faced in the processing of ballistic material such as: –

  • Under Capacity
  • Seasonal Variation
  • Backlogged Material
  • Legal Test Fires
  • Outstanding Crime File (OCF) acquisition
  • Ballistic comparison technology update
  • Outsourcing
  • Disaster Recovery.

As well as supporting Arquebus in the forensic process development associated with the service the FFC team will also provide independent assessment of the Managed Services system of work as the company moves towards ISO17025 accreditation.

Matt Lewis, Co-Director of Arquebus solutions said;

“We are delighted to appoint FFC as our forensic firearms consultants.  The team will play a key and vital role in supporting us as we move this exciting service forward.

Matt went on to say;

 “We have known Mark Mastaglio (FFC Co-Director) for many years.  The experience he and the rest of the team at FFC bring in the field of firearms examination is a huge addition to our Managed Services work and our drive towards accreditation.”

Mark Mastaglio, FFC Co-Director said;

“I have worked with the founders of Arquebus, Matt Lewis and Paul James, over many years. I first knew them when they were leading the UK National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). Their vision of reducing gun crime was unwavering and their ability to translate complex ideas into elegant intelligence-led solutions was second to none.

Mark went on to say;

“I know from first hand that they have the drive, ability and ideas to work with all key stakeholders who see the reduction of gun crime as of paramount importance. I have no doubt that with the creation of Arquebus Solutions Ltd., the market has a new champion of efficient, intelligence based solutions to the problem of gun crime. As a Director of Forensic Firearms Consultancy (FFC) Ltd. I look forward to working with them in the future.


Notes to Editors:

Arquebus Solutions Limited is a UK based company providing specialised services and support to assist law enforcement organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the military to enhance their response to firearms enabled crime and terrorism.

Through the provision of specialist knowledge transfer, bespoke forensic services, expert advice and technological development, Arquebus Solutions enables clients to maximise the benefits that can be achieved from new or existing capabilities and investments by focusing intelligence development, operational activity and technology.

Forensic Firearms Consultancy (FFC) Limited is an innovative UK based company led by two world-renowned experts. During their time at the UK Forensic Science Service (FSS), Mark Mastaglio and Angela Shaw became the most senior scientists working in forensic firearms and gunshot residue (GSR) respectively. They also provided leadership: Mark as chairman, and Angela as secretary, of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) Firearms/GSR Expert Working Group. Both are still actively involved in the organisation.

FFC offers bespoke, customer-led solutions to all firearms and GSR-related investigations. It is the only UK-based private consultancy offering this level of expertise, experience and worldwide reputation in firearms and GSR. FFC can undertake work at every level of forensic firearms and GSR examinations and has extensive experience of complex, sensitive cases from across the globe. A balanced, impartial and scientifically robust approach is guaranteed.



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