Re: Need description help



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?