The smell of burnt gunpowder?
Can't for the life of me find a description for what burnt gunpowder smells like.
I've no interest in cordite after being told (with apparently some deep-seated frustration!) cordite hasn't been used since WWII and that it is an oft used inaccurate description utilised by writers creating gun-play scenes.
So...striving for accuracy of some degree...what the heck does burnt gunpowder smell like? I cannot find anyone that has said more than 'that burnt gunpowder smell' and, being a brit, is somewhat hard to just wander out and find out first-hand.
The closest I've come across is dynamite smells banana sweet and another saying oily sweet. I found out modern propellants used with handguns generally use a nitroglycerine (main component of dynamite), sawdust and graphite concoction...though some use nitrocellulose too.
So is there a description that won't have seasoned gun users panning my work? Can you detect the sawdust and graphite at all, even as just a trace? I'm not looking for cast-iron perfection (but if that springs up then great ), but having no first-hand experience of handgun propellants I'm in need of help!
Anything you can provide would be greatly appreciated
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