Next public LTC course Saturday 2 JULY 10-3
We perform terminal wound ballistics testing and analysis for federal, state and local agencies as well as private security companies.
Armor testing is accomplished with products from multiple manufacturers and different NIJ armor levels. No reports are made public of our ammunition armor testing.
Round capture analysis is a detailed examination of rounds after passing thru different media. Measuring weight retention, deformation, fragmentation and wound channel analysis. Used by manufacturers for engineering and product development, especially with new designs. This is particularly important with hollow points in trying to correct the high failure rate.
Tests and Reports available for Military and Law Enforcement (LE/Mil), contractor and ammunition manufacturer only. Contact us with your official agency information to receive your free copy of any of the following test reports or presentations.
1. Six Federal Hollow Point Tests Compilation Report
2. Ballistic Ratio Presentation
3. Solid Copper Armor Test Composite Spreadsheet
4. 5.7mm Terminal Performance Test and Report
5. 2018 9mm FTM Test
6. 2019 5.7mm LE/Mil Wound Ballistics and Armor Test
7. 2019 Solid Copper Defensive Ammunition-Wound Ballistics Test
8. 2019 Solid Copper Defensive Ammunition-Wound Ballistics Test #2
9. US Secret Service Wound Ballistics Analysis for 2020
10. 2020 Solid Copper-Hollow Point 9mm/40S&W Wound Ballistics Test
11. 2020 5.7mm Wound Ballistics and Armor Test
12. US Customs and Border Protection 2020 Wound Ballistics Test
13. Solid Copper 9mm-Veterans MFG Armor Test (Spreadsheet, March 2021)
14. 2021 Composite Wound Ballistics Test Data report (July 2021)
15. 2021 LE/Mil 5.7mm Terminal Wound Ballistics and Armor Test (November 2021) The largest 5.7mm test ever completed including 21 different rounds in 5 Terminal Wound Ballistics phases and armor testing in 13 different armor products from 5 different manufacturers (version 2 updated April 2022)
16. Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG 9mm Review (December 2021)
17. 4.6x30mm Ammunition Review (January 2022)
18. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) 9mm Review (January 2022)
19. Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition 9mm & .40 S&W Review (January 2022)
20. APC test and comparison (February 2022)
21. Monticello IN PD Duty Ammunition Review (March 2022)
22. Montana Department Of Justice, Executive Protection Detail 9mm Report (March 2022)
23. Helena MT PD Handgun Ammunition Report (March 2022)
24. 2022 FBI 9mm Ammunition Review
25. Lewis & Clark County Montana Sheriff’s Office Handgun Ammunition and Armor Report (9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP) A composite analysis containing data from terminal wound ballistics and armor testing (April 2022)
Tests and Reports available to the public. (Downloadable above)
1. Defensive Handgun Ammunition Characteristics and Bullet Types 2022
2. 2018 Dynamic Munitions 9mm Ballistics Test and Report
3. 2016/17 Joint Agency Ballistic Test For Defensive Handgun Ammunition
The largest Federal Ballistics test ever performed. It started in March of 2016 and finished in October 2017. Coordinating multiple federal, state and local agencies, contractors, gun stores and weapons instructors. All phases and tests were conducted with at least 1 camera man, one chief tester and one assistant for quality control and multiple measurements. No averages were calculated unless at least 4 rounds were fired per phase. All failures were included in the data with no "flyers" being removed.
Ballistic Test Protocols :
Phase 1: Chrono for velocity, Reliability and Consistency
Phase 2: FBI calibrated ballistics gel with 4 layer denim barrier
Phase 3: FBI gel with denim and FBI Plywood barrier consisting of a single 3⁄4” thick AA Fir plywood panel
Phase 4: Animal the Tissue with denim barrier
Phase 5: Animal Tissue with denim and FBI Plywood barrier consisting of a single 3⁄4” thick AA Fir plywood panel
Phase 6: Heavy domestic barriers (auto glass, solid wood and metal) and armor product testing. This phase is not accomplished for every round.
Our grading criteria follows FBI / DoD standards:
1. Penetration. Using Phase 2 data: 12 inches minimum, 15-21 inches desired.
2. Reliability and Consistency
3. Barrier Performance
4. Permanent Wound Cavity measured in cubic inches
Gel media: IWBA calibrated ballistic gelatin. Two 16 inch blocks capable of measuring 32 inches of penetration.
Tissue media: 2 boneless briskets 7-8" thick, 35-38 pounds. Average human male is 10" thick.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
If you are interested in having a ballistic test analyzed, conducted or more information on our current tests, or for a Terminal Wound Ballistics Course, please contact us email@example.com
See our Defensive Handgun Ammunition Characteristics and Bullet Types Report (Downloadable above). These 4 characteristics will be described both by definition and by how they are graded during testing.
2. Reliability and Consistency
3. Barrier Performance
4. Permanent Wound Cavity Size
Volume of Wound Index Conglomerate
Be able determine quantifiable values for each of the above characteristics. Each agency should determine their own requirements and be able to describe their needs and desired effects. Those effects must match mission requirements. Do not use some other agencies requirements or grading system. Determine your own as desired results or mission requirements vary greatly.
Understand the different types and major designs of bullets available to you. By first choosing which bullet type most closely matches your needs you can easily narrow down your search and find how to achieve your desired results. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each design will help you eliminate rounds that simply cannot meet your needs.
There is no best projectile, just one that most closely matches your needs. Create a list of several rounds that are acceptable and don't have any glaring deficiencies in any of the 4 characteristics. Then do a direct comparison of those rounds.
Copyright © 2019 Viper Weapons Training - All Rights Reserved.