For the first time ever, crime labs and ballistics researchers can consistently capture perfectly intact bullets and slugs of any type, fired from any firearm
Groundbreaking new technology that will help fight crime and
promote security is now in production.
For the first time ever,
crime labs and ballistics researchers can consistently capture
perfectly intact bullets and slugs of any type, fired from any
firearm, including hollow points and even high-explosive
large-calibre military rounds.
The Duke projectile recovery
system holds enormous promise for advances in public safety,
security and the war on terrorism.
Many people are familiar with
the importance of 'ballistic fingerprinting' because of
high-profile criminal investigations such as the US beltway
Developed by Ballistics Research, the patented DPRS
is said to represent a huge leap forward for law enforcement.
allows a crime lab to test-fire a suspected firearm using the
same ammunition used in a crime, with immediate recovery of the
bullet or slug fully preserved in the same condition in which it
left the barrel, even including the powder residue.
to preserve the parts of a detonated pipe bomb for forensic study
will make the DPRS an indispensable tool in the investigation of
The system's capacity for handling rounds of
all sizes with such pristine results also is of great
significance to defense agencies and the military.
A US Defense
Department facility that develops and tests weapons is among the
first purchasers of the DPRS.
That facility reports it is now
able to perform tests never before thought possible.
to performing non-destructive testing of weapons under
development, the system affords the unprecedented advantage of
conducting non-destructive evaluation of captured enemy ordnance.
The system uses two specialised types of material sandwiched in a
series of alternating layers inside a caster-mounted metal box.
special blend of long-grained natural and synthetic fibres
cocoons around the projectile to protect it, while a specialised
friction material layer absorbs residual velocity and kinetic
Projectiles come to rest within the series of layers,
where they are easily recovered by hand within seconds.
capabilities of the DPRS are described as
Every other projectile recovery method
in use, such as the water tank and the cotton box, has one thing
in common: the recovery device itself causes damage to the
projectile, often shattering it or causing severe deformation or
A perfect, intact bullet recovered with the DPRS for
comparison to a crime scene bullet is far quicker and easier to
match accurately than one recovered by any other method.
system also is less expensive and far more versatile than the
commonly used water tank.
The units are highly portable and they
are available to successfully capture all kinds of projectiles
intact, including those from handguns and rifles of all calibres,
shotguns of all sizes, and even military rounds up to 120mm, such
as those fired from a battle tank.
Custom configurations are also
possible for more specialised needs.
Projectiles recovered with
the DPRS appear as unfired, except for the ballistic fingerprint
of the firearm's barrel (rifling marks) and the tell-tale
There is no need for down-loading special
cartridges or shells, since the system is capable of capturing
perfectly intact projectiles regardless of their velocity.
Ballistics researchers, military weapons experts and forensic
scientists can now do their jobs with far greater accuracy and
speed than ever before.