On the Mechanism of Gunshot Residue Particle Formation

    Volume 25, Issue 3 (July 1980)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 July 1980

    Page Count: 13


    Wolten, GM
    Members of the technical staff, The Ivan A. Getting Laboratories, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.

    Nesbitt, RS
    Members of the technical staff, The Ivan A. Getting Laboratories, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.

    (Received 11 October 1979; accepted 23 November 1979)

    Abstract

    The results of the present study are consistent with the hypothesis that gunshot residue is formed by the condensation of vaporized bullet and primer materials that segregate into metallic and compound particles. Some of the metallic vapors are oxidized and “scavenged” by oxygen and sulfur-rich primer compounds, among which the sulfur compounds appear to be more effective. The “bullet” particles of the residue thus originate in the bullet material, and the “primer” particles are a mixture of primer-derived and bullet-derived materials.


    Paper ID: JFS11255J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11255J

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