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Progress in Developing NIST Standard Casings



Jun-Feng Song, Theodore V. Vorburger, M Ols


Standard casings and bullets are currently under development to support the National Integrated Ballistics information Network (NIBIN). The master casings are obtained from the ATF''s National Laboratory Center at Rockville, MD, by a standardized shooting procedure. The electroforming technique, which we have previously tested for replication of surface roughness specimens, is used for replication of the prototype NIST standard casings. Initial testing results show high agreement and reproducibility between the casing signatures of different standard casings. Further testing is still in progress. The standard casings, combined with standard bullets, aim to provide reference standards for ballistics laboratories of the ATF and FBI for instrument callibration, measurement quality control and measurmeent unification. In this paper, technical requirements, designed, manufacture and testing of the standard casings are discussed.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of Measurement Science Conference
Conference Dates
January 24-25, 2002
Conference Location
Anaheim, CA
Conference Title
Measurement Science Conference


ballistics, bullet signature, electroforming, reference material, RM standard bullet, standard casing


Song, J. , Vorburger, T. and Ols, M. (2002), Progress in Developing NIST Standard Casings, Proceedings of Measurement Science Conference, Anaheim, CA (Accessed July 14, 2024)


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Created January 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017