Visualization of sebaceous fingerprints on fired cartridge cases: A laboratory study

Yoelit Migron, Gil Hocherman, Eliot Springer, Joseph Almog, Daniel Mandler*

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The visualization and endurance of fingerprints on cartridge cases after the firing process have been examined. Cartridges of M16, AK-47 (Kalashnikov) and Parabellum have been tested. Despite difficulties in visualizing these fingerprints, it was found that in some cartridge cases under laboratory conditions - for instance, on MI6 brass cartridges - substantial parts of the fingerprints remain intact after shooting. The careful use of illumination after metal vapor deposition enabled visualization. Different possible mechanisms responsible for the partial destruction of the fingerprints are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)543-548
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1998


  • Fired cartridge cases
  • Forensic science
  • Latent fingerprints


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