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Replicating Human Functionality during Firearms and Ammunition Testing with a Mechanical Device


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The National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU) provides support to over 62,000 armed officers and tests on average close to 200,000 handgun rounds each year. Much of the firearms and ammunition testing is carried out manually by NFTTU personnel through repetitive firing. Multiple forces are exerted on the body during the firing of a gun and repetitive usage can often translate to acute body pain. The NFTTU needs an end-to-end solution to replace the human firing system with a mechanical device. The device should: 

  • Be easy to mount and re-load with full magazines;
  • Mimic the exact counter forces of a broad demographic range of human hands during firing, recoil cycle, bullet/cartridge ejection. and post-firing forward movement of the gun; and
  • Allow for similar accuracy as when completed by human testers.

Initial development of this capability gap will include modeling of complex, multi-degree forces exerted on the human body when a gun is fired as well as the resulting reactionary/counter forces that are then exerted on the gun by the human body. These models might already exist, however part of filling this capability gap will include research on current initiatives in the federal, defense and private sector arenas.

PHASE I: Develop and deliver a virtual model that will be able to characterize the various forces that are exerted on the human body by continuous manual testing of firearms and ammunition.  The virtual model must include all forces involved during the firing of a handgun.

PHASE II: Develop and deliver a working prototype with engineering plans derived from the Phase I virtual model (3D models, finite element analysis, motion modeling, etc.) that successfully responds to the description above.

PHASE III: COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS: Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) plans to be developed are subject to prior adherence to D-102 System Engineering Lifecycle requirements, followed by OT&E at the NFTTU. Acceptance by the NFTTU into operational use will follow testing of the device.

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