A Reliability Test Procedure for Prototype Small Caliber Arms
ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND TEXARKANA TX INTERN TRAINING CENTER
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The purpose of this research report is to find a suitable test procedure for determining the reliability of prototype small caliber arms submitted to the U.S. Army by private contractors for engineering design tests. In finding a solution, present reliability testing procedures are researched, and a suitable procedure is developed. The developed procedure is limited by its underlying assumptions that there are three independent modes of failure, and the number of rounds between each type of failure has an underlying exponential distribution. Areas of future research and development are suggested, and recommended changes in present Army prototype small caliber arms testing techniques are made.