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Three Steps towards Metrological Traceability for Ballistics Signature Measurements

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March 2022

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has developed the Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2460 bullets and 2461 casings.



NIST and ATF are proposing to establish a National Ballistics Measurement Traceability and Quality System for ballistics signature measurements and correlations using these materials. In this article, three key steps towards metrological traceability for ballistics signature measurements are discussed that include 1) Establishing a reference standard; 2) Establishing an unbroken chain of calibrations; and 3) Evaluating measurement uncertainty. (Publisher Abstract)


Date Published: March 10, 2022