FRIDAY FACEPALM: ARDEC At Picatinny Arsenal Makes Cartridges Fly


    Before we begin, yes everyone makes facepalm style mistakes. And while this one is over seven years old, the video simulation of an improved magazine design by the Armament Research, Design Engineering Research Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal had me rolling. Here we have some of the best and the brightest minds working together to design an improved AR15 magazine, and the computer model shows the entire cartridge launching down the barrel.

    Now maybe separating the bullet from the casings was too complex, would have added more rendering time or wasn’t important to display the magazine’s function. But I’d rather see them disappear into a pink puffy cloud than launch downrange in one piece like miniature rockets like out of the 1980’s Sci-fi movie Runaway.

    Credit: Sony Pictures – Runaway

    All in good fun, ARDEC. Keep up the good work. Those 400gr 5.56mm mini-rockets aren’t going to design themselves.

    FRIDAY FACEPALM: ARDEC At Picatinny Arsenal Makes Cartridges Fly

    Computer Simulation of Improved Magazine – PEO Soldier

    Published on Apr 7, 2011
    This computer simulation depicts the operation of the Army’s Improved Magazine. The Army has begun fielding the new 5.56mm 30 round Improved Magazine that delivers a significant increase in reliability for the battle-tested M16 and M4 weapons systems. Bolstering the already high-reliability ratings of the M16/M4 systems, the Improved Magazine effectively reduces the risk of magazine-related stoppages by more than 50 percent compared to the older magazine variants. Identified by a tan-colored follower, over 500,000 of the improved magazines have been fielded to units in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the U.S.

    About ARDEC

    The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) is an internationally acknowledged hub for the advancement of armament technologies and engineering innovation. As one of the specialized research, development and engineering centers within the U.S. Army Materiel Command, the ARDEC has the responsibility for meeting this critical demand. The ARDEC’s workforce provides life-cycle support for nearly 90 percent of the lethal Army systems used by U.S. Warfighters.

    The ARDEC strives to support the Army’s efforts to ensure Soldier survivability and enhance platform and area protection by providing engineering, design and development support. This support is essential to the rapid delivery of critical technologies to U.S. Warfighters.

    Although the ARDEC’s principal mission is to mature technologies for armament applications, it also looks for ways to transfer beneficial technologies to public use. The ARDEC has transferred technologies to the law enforcement community such as non-lethal, aversive technologies for crowd control and a forcible entry device for breaching doors. Its military warheads expertise is helping the oil and gas industry develop more effective oil drilling technology. Our manufacturing technology program is transferring a variety of technologies to U.S. industry such as model-based control and environmentally safer manufacturing methods.


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