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Tagging of bullets with luminescent materials

United States Patent Application

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This invention is an identifiable bullet having a slug made from an unsintered powdered metal composite core and a luminescent taggant mixture. The luminescent taggant mixture portion of the slug serves as an identifying agent that can be traced to the manufactured origin of the bullet thereby providing a means for matching the identity of a post-fired bullet with the identity of a pre-fired bullet manufacturer.
Lowden, Richard A. (Clinton, TN), Vaughn, Norman L. (Knoxville, TN), Allison, Stephen W. (Knoxville, TN), Smith, Cyrus M. (Knoxville, TN)
09/ 840,568
April 23, 2001
[0002] This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC05-000R22725 to UT-Battelle, LLC, awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.