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Bullet Signature Measurements at NIST



Jun-Feng Song, Li Ma, Eric P. Whitenton, Theodore V. Vorburger


The RM (Reference Material) 8240 standard bullets are currently under development at the National Institute of Standards and Technology 9NIST) to support the coming National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN). A bullet signature measurement system based on a stylus instrument is developed at NIST for the signature measurements of RM standard bullets. A comparison parameter and an algorithm using auto correlation functions are proposed for qualifying the bullet signature differences. Initial test results for the bullet signature measurement system are as expected from previous theoretical analyses. That supports our purpose that the proposed parameter and algorithm and the bullet signature measurement system, which could be used for the production and quality control of NIST RM 8240 standard bullets.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of Measurement Science Conference 2003


ballistics measurement, bullet signature, reference material, RM, standard bullet, traceability


Song, J. , Ma, L. , Whitenton, E. and Vorburger, T. (2003), Bullet Signature Measurements at NIST, Proceedings of Measurement Science Conference 2003 (Accessed July 25, 2024)


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Created January 1, 2003, Updated February 19, 2017