ASTM WK46196

    New Specification for Ballistic Test Range Configuration for Small Arms and Fragmentation Testing of Body Armor

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    1. Scope

    1.1.This standard specifies ballistic range configuration for small arms and fragmentation testing of ballistic-resistant items, including, but not limited to, soft body armor, hard plates, accessories, shields, and helmets. The specification includes requirements for range geometry (e.g., dimensions, alignment, spacing), range conditions (e.g., temperature, humidity, lighting), test equipment (e.g., universal receiver, mounting, test barrels, backing assembly mounting), instrumentation (e.g., light screens, high speed cameras, radar), and measurement procedures (e.g., projectile velocity, yaw). 1.2.The purpose of this standard is to specify critical test range parameters in order to achieve consistency of test results among test ranges. 1.3.This standard does not address any of the safety concerns associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Existing specifications for ballistic range configurations from the U.S. Army, National Institute of Justice, and test laboratories will be considered in developing the new standard.


    Ballistic, Test Range Configuration, Small Arms, Fragmentation Testing, Body Armor

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Casandra Robinson


    E54 (16-01)

    Ballot Item Approved as E3062-2016 and Pending Publication