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NCJ Number: 184434 Find in a Library
Title: Development of NIST Standard Bullets and Casings Status Report
Author(s): J. Song; T. V. Vorburger
Corporate Author: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
United States of America
Date Published: November 2000
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-3460
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 94-IJ-R-004
Publication Number: NIJ Report 603-00
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF|Text
Type: Test/Measurement
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Two prototype standard bullets were developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in April 1998, and prototype standard casings were also developed at NIST in October 1999.
Abstract: The standard bullets and casings are intended for use in Federal, State, local, and international crime laboratories as reference standards. The implementation of standard bullets and casings will help verify that computerized optical imaging equipment used in laboratories is operating properly. The standard bullets and casings are being developed to enable nationwide and worldwide ballistics measurement traceability and unification. Test results at NIST indicate the prototype standard bullets have essentially identical signature marks and minimal geometric non-uniformity. Additional testing performed at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms National Laboratory Center and at Forensic Technology in Canada has also shown the prototype bullets have unique properties, specifically repeatable and reproducible signature marks. The digitized bullet signature is stored in a computer and can be used to reproduce the same bullet signature. The report addresses the prototype design, manufacturing technique, testing results, potential enforcement impact, and continued development of the standard bullet. 5 references and 8 figures
Main Term(s): Police weapons
Index Term(s): Ammunition; Ballistics; Computer aided operations; Crime laboratories; Equipment evaluation; NIJ grant-related documents; Police equipment; Police standards; Science and Technology; Testing and measurement
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