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    ASTM E3276 / E3276M - 21

    Standard Test Method for Assessing Impact Energy and Precision of Direct-fire, Single-projectile Less Lethal Impact Rounds Used by Public Safety Officers

    Active Standard ASTM E3276 / E3276M | Developed by Subcommittee: E54.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The purpose of this test method is to provide a test method for the evaluation of less lethal impact rounds used by law enforcement, corrections, and other public safety officers.

    4.2 This test method may be used by suppliers, certification bodies, testing laboratories, research and development organizations, and others assessing the performance of less lethal impact rounds.

    4.3 This test method may be used by purchasers in their evaluation of products to meet their needs and requirements.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method addresses direct-fire, single-projectile less lethal impact rounds used by public safety officers, including law enforcement, corrections, and others.

    1.2 This test method addresses both blunt impact rounds and payload delivery rounds.

    1.2.1 This test method is limited to direct-fire, single-projectile rounds and excludes skip-fire rounds or multiple-projectile rounds.

    1.3 This test method is used to measure velocity and determine precision and impact energy for a round.

    1.4 A specification is under development by ASTM that addresses the safety of targeted individuals during deployment of less lethal impact rounds. That specification will reference this test method.

    1.5 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, to ensure conformance with the standard, each system shall be used independently of the other, and values from the two systems shall not be combined.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E2771 Terminology for Homeland Security Applications

    E3005 Terminology for Body Armor

    E3062/E3062M Specification for Indoor Ballistic Test Ranges for Small Arms and Fragmentation Testing of Ballistic-resistant Items

    F1494 Terminology Relating to Protective Clothing


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    DOI: 10.1520/E3276_E3276M-21

    Citation Format

    ASTM E3276 / E3276M-21, Standard Test Method for Assessing Impact Energy and Precision of Direct-fire, Single-projectile Less Lethal Impact Rounds Used by Public Safety Officers, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.org

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