Application of True Color X-Ray Vision for Electron Microscopy in Fired Bullets and Gunshot Residue Investigation

    Volume 45, Issue 4 (July 2000)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    Torre, C
    Associate professor and student, Farmacologia e Medicina Legale, Lab. di Scienze Criminalistiche, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino,

    Mattutino, G
    Associate professor and student, Farmacologia e Medicina Legale, Lab. di Scienze Criminalistiche, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino,

    (Received 20 May 1999; accepted 10 September 1999)

    Abstract

    An X-ray color imaging system was used to study primer particles and fired bullets from different .22 rimfire ammunition. The technique proved to be very useful, allowing a ready, concomitant analysis of the morphology of primer particles and their elemental composition. The investigation of the bottom of fired bullets showed that antimony present in the bullet alloy is not evenly distributed, but organized in plates made up of almost pure antimony. Moreover, particles and other traces adherent to lead bottomed bullets containing elements different from lead, therefore, useful to the understanding of primer composition are readily and easily detected.


    Paper ID: JFS14785J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14785J

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    Title Application of True Color X-Ray Vision for Electron Microscopy in Fired Bullets and Gunshot Residue Investigation
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    Committee E30