M9 Chemical Agent Detector Paper indicates the presence of liquid
Detector Paper, Figure 4-2, will detect a liquid chemical agent under
all types of weather conditions. When a liquid chemical agent touches
the paper, a pink, red, red-brown, or red-purple colored spot appears.
The spot may be as small as a pinhead or as large as a dime.
The detector paper dye may cause cancer, but because very
little is used, the risk is small. Always wear protective
gloves when touching the detector paper. Do not place the
detector paper in or near your mouth or on your skin.
Figure 4-1. ABC-M8
Figure 4-2. M9 Chemical
Agent Detector Paper
M9 Chemical Agent Detector Paper is gray-green in color and has an
adhesive backing. A white paper backing protects the adhesive backing
until the M9 Paper is dispensed from the roll. The paper measures 2
inches' (5.1 centimeters) wide and 30 feet (9.1 meters) long. Each
roll is contained in a cardboard dispenser equipped with a cutter
edge. The dispenser comes in a foil-type shipping bag. The shipping
bag also includes a resealable plastic bag for storing the dispenser
after removal from the shipping bag.
Heat may cause the detector paper to turn red and give a
false positive identification. Keep the paper away from
hot surfaces, such as weapon barrels, and cannon assemblies