International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 127, Issue 5, pp 951–955 | Cite as

Identifying the source of bullet wipe: a randomised blind trial

  • D. C. KieserEmail author
  • D. J. Carr
  • L. Girvan
  • S. C. J. Leclair
  • I. Horsfall
  • J. C. Theis
  • M. V. Swain
  • J. A. Kieser
Original Article



To assess the usefulness of scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy in matching bullet wipe to the bullet.


Bullet wipe can be used to match a bullet type to a crime scene.


Bullet wipe Bullet matching Energy dispersive x-ray Forensics Scanning electron microscopy 



The authors would like to thank Glynny Kieser for her editorial input.

Ethical standards

This research complied with the current laws of the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. C. Kieser
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. J. Carr
    • 2
  • L. Girvan
    • 3
  • S. C. J. Leclair
    • 4
  • I. Horsfall
    • 2
  • J. C. Theis
    • 5
  • M. V. Swain
    • 6
  • J. A. Kieser
    • 6
  1. 1.Surgical Sciences, Orthopaedic Surgery, Health Sciences, Dunedin School of MedicineUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Impact and Armour Group, Department of Engineering and Applied Science, Cranfield Defence and SecurityDefence Academy of the United KingdomShrivenhamUK
  3. 3.Otago Centre for MicroscopyUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  4. 4.University of AngersAngersFrance
  5. 5.Surgical Sciences, Orthopaedic Surgery, Health Sciences, Dunedin School of MedicineUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  6. 6.Sir John Walsh Research InstituteUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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