Volume 22, Issue 4 (October 1977)

    Detection of Gunshot Residue Particles from the Hands of a Shooter

    (Received 2 February 1977; accepted 19 April 1977)

    Published Online: October

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The identification of gunshot residue (GSR) is a topic of great interest to the police officer and prosecutor and a problem for the criminalist. The police officer and prosecutor want a test that will demonstrate the existence of GSR on a subject's hands. The difficulty for the criminalist is in associating the quantitative amounts of the GSR-indicating elements (barium, antimony, and lead) exclusively with GSR. In this paper a technique is described that tries to identify as GSR the individual particles which are part of the components of the smoke emanating from the discharge of a firearm.


    Author Information:

    Kilty, JW
    Research physicist and special agent, Elemental Analysis Unit, FBI Laboratory, Washington, D.C.,

    Matricardi, VR
    Research physicist and special agent, Elemental Analysis Unit, FBI Laboratory, Washington, D.C.,


    Stock #: JFS10411J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10411J

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    Title Detection of Gunshot Residue Particles from the Hands of a Shooter
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30