Original Date: 05/17/1993
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Small Arms Repair
The Crane Division-Naval Surface Warfare Center Ordnance Engineering Department, Weapons Division is responsible for refurbishment of all Navy small arms weapons from handguns through 25mm automatic cannons. The Department also maintains significant engineering capability related to all areas of small arms manufacturing and support. These capabilities include ammunition analysis and development, weapon development, failure analysis and extensive weapon and ammunition performance analysis. The small arms refurbishing facility has the capability to refurbish small arms weapons to better-than-new tolerances and does so regularly in support of match competition and special operations forces.
In support of the Division’s functions, the Department maintains three firing ranges including a fully instrumented underground firing range with extensive high speed photographic chronometric instrumentation, and environmental capabilities including live firing under temperature and humidity extremes. The indoor range, used for acceptance testing of refurbished weapons, has a bullet trap built from shredded rubber tires to greatly reduce the lead dust associated with impacting conventional steel traps. The outdoor range accommodates weapons up to 30 mm and is instrumented out to 1,000 yards.
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