Communion Of Dreams

A little hint…
August 7, 2007, 9:49 am
Filed under: 2nd Amendment, Ballistics, Guns, RKBA, Science, tech

A friend and I got to talking earlier this year about the lack of solid data available on ballistic performance of different common handgun calibers in terms of different barrel lengths and popular ammunition.  If you poke around on any of the forums dedicated to discussion of guns, you’ll quickly discover that a lot of people have opinions on the matter, but there is precious little real solid information out there.  Even the gun manufacturers and ammo makers only have little bits of information, and none of it is uniform or organized in such a way as to allow anyone to compare apples and apples.

Well, from that discussion emerged an idea: conduct the necessary tests ourselves, compile all the data, then make it freely available to all on a dedicated website.  Sounds like one of those great ideas which no one will ever get around to doing, because of the time and expense involved, right?

Except that I now have sitting here at home a custom designed and built testing platform consisting of a single-shot pistol and 11 different caliber barrels which will mount into the receiver.  Think Thompson/Center Encore pistol in stainless steel with 11 different barrels, all 18″ long – each one to be fired using a variety of different ammo, then cut down 1″ and fired again, using the same ammo, and that process repeated until you get down to a 1″ barrel.  Each firing will be documented using two chronographs, and we’ll standardize conditions as much as possible so we get reliable data.

Oh, I don’t have just the test platform and barrels.  I also have the ammo.  Enough for three rounds of each type at each increment for each caliber.

Now, the shooting and collecting of data still has to be done. And once all the data is collected this fall, we’ll need to construct a website and put it all online (with pictures documenting the process).  There’s still a lot of work to be done.   But a big first step has been made, and we’re financially committed to this project in a very big way.

I’m excited about this project, and just wanted to share a bit about what I’ve got cooking in my non-writing, non-caregiving, non-bookbinding world.  More bits and pieces about it will probably show up here from time to time, as things progress, and then all of this will be archived on the website for the data when all is said and done.

Jim Downey

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