I need help describing the smell of a “six-shooter” from my protagonist’s pov as it is being held to her face. Her senses are heighted since her life is in danger. I haven’t been around firearms for a good 30 years or so. Am trying to describe this smell from memory.
The pistol hasn’t been well cared for so it wouldn’t necessarily smell like gun oil. Maybe a little rusty. Would the term “bitter bite of old sulfer” be appropriate? Or would “metalic bite of sulfer” be better?