Invention Improves Small-Arms Testing

Researchers at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., have developed a new system that will improve the accuracy of data collected during small-arms testing. Using REAPER (Remote Electronic Automated Program Event Resource), testers can control firing cadences and mechanics at precision levels heretofore unavailable. REAPER works by using a computer program that controls, monitors and records firing sequences. Such Before, six-person shooting teams had conducting such tests. The human element added variables such as fatigue, grip strength, hand size, and trigger pull. REAPER, by contrast, fired 500,000 rounds simultaneously during 26 days of testing, using six weapons.