Device Captures Perfectly Preserved Test-Fired Bullets For Quick, Easy Retrieval

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Unprecedented new ballistics technology just introduced is now in production. It permits the quick and easy recovery of fired bullets, slugs and military rounds in perfect, as-fired condition. Public safety, homeland security and national defense stand to benefit.

ROME, GA February 23, 2004 -- For the first time ever, crime labs and ballistics researchers can easily capture and retrieve perfectly intact bullets and slugs of all kinds, fired from any firearm, including hollow points and even high-explosive large-caliber military rounds. The Duke Projectile Recovery System consistently achieves results previously considered impossible.

Developed by Ballistics Research, Inc., of Rome, Ga., the patented DPRS represents a huge leap for law enforcement. It allows the test-firing of a suspected firearm using the same ammunition used in a crime, with immediate recovery of the projectile fully preserved in the condition in which it left the barrel, including the powder residue. Its ability to preserve the parts of a detonated pipe bomb for forensic study make it an indispensable tool in the investigation of bombing cases.

The system’s ability to handle test rounds from weapons of all sizes with pristine results also is significant for national defense. A Defense Department facility that develops and tests weapons is among the first purchasers of the DPRS. In addition to supporting superior tests of weapons under development, the system affords the unprecedented advantage of conducting non-destructive evaluation of captured enemy ordnance.

The system uses two specialized types of material sandwiched in a series of alternating layers inside a caster-mounted metal box. A special blend of long-grained natural and synthetic fibers “cocoons” around the projectile to protect it, while a specialized friction material layer absorbs residual velocity and kinetic energy. Projectiles come to rest within the layers, where they are easily recovered by hand within seconds.

DPRS capabilities are extraordinary. Every other projectile recovery method in use today, such as the water tank and the cotton box, has one thing in common — the device itself causes damage to the projectile, often shattering it or causing severe deformation. An 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 known method. The Duke system also is less expensive and far more versatile than the commonly used water tank.

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