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PROOF Research Announces Partnership With H&G Marketing

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Leading manufacturing sales team will represent and increase market share nationally for PROOF Research’s innovative carbon fiber and stainless steel barrels and rifle platforms.

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Columbia Falls, MT (October 2017) PROOF Research, the industry leader in the production of aerospace-grade carbon fiber rifle barrels, cut-rifled stainless steel rifle barrels, and lightweight hunting and military rifle systems, has chosen H&G Marketing to represent them throughout the United States.

“We are very pleased to announce this newly-formed partnership with H&G Marketing,” said Kelly Streiff, Director of Sales at PROOF Research. “Just as we at PROOF ensure our products uphold the highest standards of quality and reliability, so does the representation that H&G Marketing provides. Our companies have the same stringent core values and goals for our customers and end users. We feel we have chosen one of the leading sales organizations in the country to represent PROOF on a national basis.”

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H&G Marketing, headquartered in Big Lake, MN, is a national sales and marketing organization with over thirty-five years of experience. With over thirty-five regional representatives and managers with countless years of combined experience, H&G Marketing provides sporting goods manufacturers throughout the United States with expertise on the industry and proven marketing techniques, including in-store promotions, product training and trade show exposure.

“Our staff of trained sales and marketing professionals located throughout the country will help PROOF Research grow their brand at both the dealer and distributor levels, said Scott Dobry, Vice President of Sales at H&G Marketing. “We appreciate the opportunity to represent PROOF and look forward to a long and enhanced relationship with them.”

PROOF Research is a science-driven manufacturer of lightweight precision rifle systems and record-breaking steel barrels and carbon fiber-wrapped barrels. The company’s Advanced Composites Division develops next-generation materials to produce innovative weapon systems that lighten warfighter load while increasing durability and effectiveness.

For more information about H&G Marketing, contact Scott Dobry at sdobry@hgreps.com or visit their website: www.hgreps.com.

Jake Hoback Knives and PROOF Research Team Up on Limited-Edition PROOF of Life Axe

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Priest River, ID (September 2017) Jake Hoback Knives and PROOF Research are pleased to announce the release of a collaborative project, the limited edition PROOF of Life Axe.

Jake Hoback started making knives in 1990 in his backyard, pounding them out with a framing hammer and fence post nails. Since then the Idaho-based company has grown into an industry leader in the manufacture of premium knives and axes.

PROOF Research is a science-driven manufacturer of lightweight precision rifle systems, record-breaking steel barrels and carbon fiber-wrapped barrels. The company’s Advanced Composites Division develops next-generation materials to produce innovative weapon systems that lighten warfighter load while increasing durability and effectiveness.

“This was a unique collaboration,” stated Hoback, who describes his design as 1/3 tomahawk, 1/3 crash axe, and 1/3 ultra-light axe. “PROOF Research supplied the technology expertise and composite materials. Their design input was simple and concise: ‘In terms of fighting functionality, materials, and overall design – produce the highest-performance axe regardless of cost.’ Mission accomplished.”

The PROOF of Life axe is CNC-machined from solid S7 tool steel. Recesses and skeletonized cutouts reduce weight to a perfectly balanced 18 ounces, while internal structural webbing and radiused corners keep the design strong enough for heavy use. The head bevels feature scalloped channels to guide the axe into the target and to reduce the risk of glancing blows. Edge geometry was similarly well thought out, with the top of the edge bevel ground for hard chopping, and a shallower grind on the bottom edge for precise slicing and detail work.

The axe’s scales were created from aerospace-grade carbon fiber bound with high-temperature resin for maximum toughness. The fiber grain direction is also parallel to the handle for structural integrity and to reduce the transfer of impact harmonics to the hand.

“Our customers fit into one or both of two niches,” said Derek McDonald, Chief Marketing Officer for PROOF Research, “those whose profession requires the absolute highest performance, and those who demand the very best and are willing to make that investment. The PROOF of Life axe is a fit for both of those customers and also happens to be a very nice collectible for die-hard fans of both Jake Hoback Knives and PROOF Research.”

The limited edition PROOF of Life axe is available at www.jakehobackknives.com for $750.

For more information on PROOF Research, visit www.proofresearch.com.

Norm Crawford Wins Prestigious Wimbledon Cup for Second Year in a Row

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Columbia Falls, MT. (August 2017) With a winning shoot-off score of 100-5X, Norman Crawford won his second consecutive Wimbledon Cup Championship. Crawford used the same PROOF Research barrel he used in 2016 to earn a cup victory-the first ever achieved with a carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel-a 32″, 1.1″ diameter, 1-in-8″ twist chambered in Shahane .284.

“They’re lighter, they seem to be a lot easier to find a load that will shoot through them, and they don’t seem to wander quite as much as a regular steel barrel will as it warms up and cools down,” Crawford said of the PROOF barrels he uses in competition. “Generally, they just seem to be a bit more predictable all the way around.”

Crawford has won the historic Wimbledon Cup a total of three times, earning his first victory back in 2003 with a steel barrel.

“I shot steel barrels for years. I got asked three or four years ago to try one of PROOF’s barrels for competitive shooting,” Crawford explained. “And that barrel shot as good as any barrel I’ve ever had-and it lasted longer than any other .284 barrel I’ve ever had. In fact, I couldn’t kill it.”

Crawford has been shooting competitively since 1990 and has racked up a long list of victories over the course of his career, but he is especially proud of his Wimbledon Cup victories, given the historic significance of this match. “The Wimbledon Cup is probably considered the most prestigious of all the long-range matches in the national championship,” he said. “It’s been shot in the United States since 1876.”

Next up for Crawford are the Spirit of America Fullbore Rifle Prone National Championships, which will take place in New Mexico the second week of September 2017. He plans to use a PROOF carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel in this competition as well.

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PROOF Research Achieves AS9100 Aerospace Management Standard Certification

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Columbia Falls, Montana – As part of its commitment to quality and to implementing the highest standards in its products, production process, and daily operations, PROOF Research has earned AS9100 certification. This certification-considered the quality-management gold standard in the aerospace industry-is a widely adopted and standardized quality-management system recognized by all major aerospace and defense original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

“The AS9100 standard applies additional and stricter quality requirements for certified companies in their Sales, Design, Purchasing, and Manufacturing departments. At PROOF, our goal is to continually raise the bar in quality and performance across the board, and the AS9100 certification is a key step in reaching that goal,” said CEO Larry Murphy.

AS9100 certification was developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the European Association of Aerospace Industries in 1999. Because certified companies adhere to and comply with AS9100 standards, they are considered “preferred suppliers” for aerospace/defense OEMs. Firms with “preferred supplier” status are typically considered more viable and attractive businesses with which to conduct business in the aerospace/defense industry.

To learn more about AS9100 certification, visit standards.sae.org/as9100d.

PROOF Research Awarded Contract for Future Weapon Systems Development

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Columbia Falls, Montana –PROOF Research, makers of advanced high-temperature composite aerospace/defense materials and components, cut-rifled steel precision rifle barrels, and carbon-fiber composite rifle barrels that deliver extreme accuracy, durability and up to a 50 percent weight reduction—has been awarded an $11.42 million contract for development of advanced hybrid composite muzzle brakes and medium caliber barrels for future weapon systems.

The program builds on PROOF Research’s successful small caliber barrel technology already in service with U.S. military forces, and will enable medium caliber weapons with increased performance and provide overmatch capability on tomorrow’s battlefield. “This project demonstrates the scalability and broad application of PROOF’s technology to any weapon system” stated PROOF Research CEO, Larry Murphy. “It is an exciting progression of our commercial and military small caliber products that will generate a tactical advantage in larger weapons. We are looking forward to improving the tools available to our warfighters.”

“PROOF’s hybrid composite barrel technology is unique in that it opens up the design space to provide lightweight, high stiffness barrels that cannot be manufactured with traditional materials and techniques. We can design and build medium caliber weapon system barrels with performance characteristics previously not attainable.”

Effort sponsored by the U.S. Government under Other Transaction number W15QKN- 09-9-1001/W15QKN-12-9-0001/W15QKN-14-9-1001 between the National Armaments Consortium and the Government. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Government.

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PROOF Research Announces CAMGAS Barrel Design for AR-10 Variants

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Caliber Matched Gas System™ offers improved performance and reliability for 6.5mm and .260

With the release of its new patent-pending Caliber Matched Gas System (CAMGAS) barrels, PROOF Research has eliminated the issues traditionally associated with building 6.5mm and .260 rifles on 308AR/AR-10 platforms. Until now, AR-variant shooters looking for ballistic advantages from either of these calibers were faced with excessive bore pressures that necessitated makeshift solutions such as clipping buffer springs, adjusting buffer weights, and/or relying on adjustable gas blocks, to keep their rifles functioning properly.

PROOF’s R&D team has solved the overpressure issue with gas systems tuned specifically to the cartridge/barrel-length combination. “By moving the gas port, the pressure in the bore is given time to reduce to that comparable of a .308 Winchester with a rifle-length gas system, which is what the 308AR/AR-10 system was designed around,” said Greg Hamilton, PROOF’s research-and-development weapons specialist who’s also a 3-Gun and PRS competitive shooter. “The recoil impulse is noticeably smoother, which helps keep you on target while taking advantage of a more efficient projectile. Case extraction is also easier, with less case-head smearing, so the brass is in much better condition for reloading.”

In recent years, 6.5mm Creedmoor and .260 Remington have become increasingly popular in long-range shooting competitions. The .260 in particular represents an outstanding caliber for a military counter-sniper role—out to roughly 1,000 meters—in smaller- to mid-sized weapon systems. It offers exceptional accuracy and superior ballistics over the ubiquitous .308 while dishing out substantially less recoil and enough energy to make it a legitimate contender for military and law enforcement applications.

“I’ve been using prototype CAMGAS barrels, in both .260 and 6.5 Creedmoor, in competition for almost a year with excellent results. Both rifles ran flawlessly through high-round, fast-cadence stages, firing hundreds of rounds with 100 percent reliability and zero maintenance or cleaning. From recoil to reliability, every aspect of performance was improved compared to the typical un-tuned barrel.”

Greg Hamilton, PROOF Research R&D Weapons Specialist, 3-Gun and PRS competitive shooter

PROOF Research currently offers Caliber Matched Gas System barrels chambered for 6.5mm Creedmoor and .260 Remington in three separate lengths: 20, 22, and 24 inches. Every CAMGAS barrel comes standard with an easy to install custom-length gas tube.

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PROOF Research Announces CAMGAS Barrel Design for AR-10 Variants

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Caliber Matched Gas System™ offers improved performance and reliability for 6.5mm and .260

Columbia Falls, Montana – With the release of its new patent-pending Caliber Matched Gas System (CAMGAS) barrels, PROOF Research has eliminated the issues traditionally associated with building 6.5mm and .260 rifles on 308AR/AR-10 platforms. Until now, AR-variant shooters looking for ballistic advantages from either of these calibers were faced with excessive bore pressures that necessitated makeshift solutions such as clipping buffer springs, adjusting buffer weights, and/or relying on adjustable gas blocks, to keep their rifles functioning properly.

PROOF’s R&D team has solved the overpressure issue with gas systems tuned specifically to the cartridge/barrel-length combination. “By moving the gas port, the pressure in the bore is given time to reduce to that comparable of a .308 Winchester with a rifle-length gas system, which is what the 308AR/AR-10 system was designed around,” said Greg Hamilton, PROOF’s research-and-development weapons specialist who’s also a 3-Gun and PRS competitive shooter. “The recoil impulse is noticeably smoother, which helps keep you on target while taking advantage of a more efficient projectile. Case extraction is also easier, with less case-head smearing, so the brass is in much better condition for reloading.”

In recent years, 6.5mm Creedmoor and .260 Remington have become increasingly popular in long-range shooting competitions. The .260 in particular represents an outstanding caliber for a military counter-sniper role—out to roughly 1,000 meters—in smaller- to mid-sized weapon systems. It offers exceptional accuracy and superior ballistics over the ubiquitous .308 while dishing out substantially less recoil and enough energy to make it a legitimate contender for military and law enforcement applications.

“I’ve been using prototype CAMGAS barrels, in both .260 and 6.5 Creedmoor, in competition for almost a year with excellent results,” Hamilton explained. “Both rifles ran flawlessly through high-round, fast-cadence stages, firing hundreds of rounds with 100 percent reliability and zero maintenance or cleaning. From recoil to reliability, every aspect of performance was improved compared to the typical un-tuned barrel.”

PROOF Research currently offers Caliber Matched Gas System barrels chambered for 6.5mm Creedmoor and .260 Remington in three separate lengths: 20, 22, and 24 inches (See more here). Every CAMGAS barrel comes standard with an easy to install custom-length gas tube. To learn more about customizing your larger-frame AR with a smoother-shooting PROOF Caliber Matched Gas System barrel, visit proofresearch.com or contact PROOF Research at info@proofresearch.com or (406) 756-9290.

About PROOF Research, Inc.
PROOF Research is a science-driven defense/aerospace company, based in Northwest Montana, committed to developing next-generation materials and composites to produce carbon fiber barrels and weapons systems that lighten warfighter load while increasing durability and effectiveness. PROOF Research’s goal is to make reduced weight, unsurpassed durability, and match-grade accuracy a reality for all of its customers.

Headquartered in Columbia Falls, Montana, PROOF Research maintains sales and manufacturing centers in Montana and Dayton, Ohio. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.proofresearch.com.

TacJobs – PROOF Research Weapons Development Engineer

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

PROOF Research is seeking a qualified Weapons Development Engineer for their Engineering and Product Development Department.


Job Objective
Plans, organizes, directs and executes product development activities on the various components of the firearms systems to meet company objectives for design, new product development

Qualifications
1. BS in Engineering and a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in firearms/firearms component product development preferred. Other equivalent education and relevant experience in a product development environment will be considered.
2. Firearms industry experience required, including a fundamental understanding of the engineering principles associated with internal and external ballistics. Other relevant experience in a research environment will be considered.
3. Strong understanding of customer requirements and market dynamics in the firearms industry.
4. Understands military standard requirements and test protocols.
5. Working knowledge of computer aided design and metal working preferred.
6. Three years’ experience as a project manager with a proven ability to creatively drive projects to completion within time and budget constraints.
7. Proven ability to lead a small team as a subject matter contributor and discussion facilitator, not as a task scheduler.
8. Ability to analyze and present technical information and respond to questions from groups of managers and/or clients.
9. Ability to apply and explain mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
10. Demonstrated ability to solve practical problems where limited or no standardization exists.
11. Proven ability to identify need for and drive creation of technical and business processes throughout the organization.
12. Strong business sense in determining strategies for product lines, weighing business opportunities, and maintaining customer relationships.
13. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with customers and staff of PROOF.

Job Duties
1. Leads key projects, processes and product development activities.
2. Develops and executes test plans for developmental and/or production firearms, and provides final reports.
3. Identifies process gaps and drives creation of new processes.
4. Develops and implements methods and procedures for monitoring projects such as preparation of records of expenditures, research findings, and progress reporting.
5. Selects correct design concepts and fundamental technology used for new products or improvement for existing ones.
6. Works with Sales and Marketing team to identify and pursue market opportunities and provide technical information for creation of sales and marketing materials.
7. Works with the Operations team to review and monitor quality of new product development.
8. Works with the Quality team to define problem areas and implement product improvements based on customer repair/rejection concerns
9. Coordinates as required with internal groups including manufacturing engineering, purchasing, quality control, sales, production, and accounting personnel.
10. Keeps supervisor advised of work status, workload, problems, and progress as related to work assignments
11. Drives product development/improvement of both core products and accessories (technical advisor during product roadmap strategy and manages the management).
12. Performs hands-on work on barrels, firearms, and accessories, including assembly/disassembly, inspection, measurement, and repair/modification
13. Analyzes test data and reports to determine if designs meet functional and performance specifications.
14. Determines conditions under which tests are to be conducted and sequences and phases of test operations.
15. Directs and exercises control over operational, functional, and performance phases of tests.
16. Confers with scientific, engineering, and technical personnel to resolve testing problems such as product or system malfunctions, incomplete test data and data interpretation.
17. Analyzes and interprets test data and prepares technical reports for use by engineering and management personnel.
18. Develops or uses computer software and hardware to conduct tests on products and systems.
19. Coordinates with the VP of Engineering to evaluate, analyze, and make recommendations on products, designs, and cost improvements to improve the competitive position of the company.

Disclaimer
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities, as needed/assigned. This individual has the responsibility & authority to carry out tasks assigned by management.

Schedule
Generally, the schedule is Monday-Friday during the day; however, certain events may require flexibility to ensure no disruption in services is experienced.

Work Environment
Primarily works indoors in an office/manufacturing plant setting. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions and explosives. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office setting and moderate in the plant setting.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

To apply for this, and other PROOF Research posituins, visit proofresearch.submittable.com/submit.