Ballistics by the inch


The other day I got a note from someone thanking us for having done the BBTI project and making the data freely available. I enjoy hearing from people, and frequently learn something from them when they ask questions or offer information they’ve gleaned from our data.

Anyway, in this case the writer noted that one of the major ammunition manufacturers had removed velocity data/claims from their website, and he wondered whether this was done in response to our tests showing that their claims were . . . of questionable value.

I told him I didn’t know one way or the other in this particular instance, but knew for a fact that our data has been used by the industry (I was told this by someone who was a VP at one of the manufacturers). And then I started wondering just how much the data has been used this way. It’d be really interesting to see who has downloaded our raw data from the site, and how many of those were people at one or another of the ammo manufacturers. But there have been over 10,000 such downloads in the last year alone, so there’s really no way for me to plow through all of that to find out.

Still – interesting to think about. If there’s anyone out there who works for one of the ammo manufacturers who would be willing to drop me a note, I’d love to hear from them. Anonymity promised.


Jim Downey

December 28, 2010 - Posted by | Anecdotes, Data, Discussion.

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