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ASTM F3561-23

Standard Test Method for Forced-Entry-Resistance of Fenestration Systems After Simulated Active Shooter Attack

Standard Test Method for Forced-Entry-Resistance of Fenestration Systems After Simulated Active Shooter Attack F3561-23 ASTM|F3561-23|en-US Standard Test Method for Forced-Entry-Resistance of Fenestration Systems After Simulated Active Shooter Attack Standard new BOS Vol. 15.08 Committee F12
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Significance and Use

5.1 The test requirements specified herein have been established for use in evaluating the forced-entry resistance characteristics of assemblies to be used in commercial, residential, schools, government, and other institutional installations where the risk of a single person active shooter attack is present.

5.2 The procedures of this test method are intended to evaluate the ability to create an opening of sufficient size to permit passage of a test shape through it.

5.3 The procedure presented herein is based on post-event examination and are not intended to be used to establish or confirm the absolute prevention of forced entries.


1.1 This test method sets forth the requirements and testing procedures to test forced-entry-resistant building components, construction components, and specialty security equipment. This test method is intended primarily for manufacturers to test and rate their windows, doors, modular panels, glazings, and similar products to ensure that all manufactured products meet the necessary requirements for forced-entry protection after sustaining an active shooter assault.

1.2 This test method is currently designed to simulate an active shooter weakening the system with repetitive shots followed by mechanically driven impact to simulate forced entry.

1.3 This test method is not to be used for ballistic resistant glazing rating. Test projectiles are permitted to perforate the entire specimen. The test projectile firings are intended to simulate actions taken by an assailant to aid in the ability to gain entry to a facility.

1.4 This is a laboratory test to be performed on full systems and therefore not applicable for field testing.

1.5 All tests are executed on the exterior surface of the fenestration.

1.6 Systems are required to be tested as complete units in a test frame or fielded conditions. Mulled systems must be tested in the mulled condition. Test results only apply to the component or system as tested. Once a system is tested and deemed to satisfy the requirements of this test method, no design change can be made without a retest except those that qualify under Annex A1 Substitution Criteria.

1.7 Components (such as glazing, door leaves, etc.) may be tested in accordance with Appendix X1, receiving a capability statement for the component, but not a system rating per this standard.

1.8 Window and door systems shall be rated to at least a minimum level of Test Methods F476, F588, or F842, or combinations thereof, as appropriate prior to commencing this test evaluation. This test does not dual certify to the above mentioned standards.

1.9 The values stated in this standard are SI units with the exception of the nominal descriptors for tools.

1.10 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.

1.11 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.08
Developed by Subcommittee: F12.10
Pages: 18
DOI: 10.1520/F3561-23
ICS Code: 91.060.50