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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.

Norm Crawford Wins Wimbledon Cup with Composite-Technology Barrel

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Camp Perry, Ohio (September 20016) – With a score of 200-16X, U.S. Palma Champion, Norman Crawford won the 2016 Wimbledon Cup during the National Long Range Rifle Championships using a 32″ PROOF Research carbon-fiber composite barrel chambered in .284 Shehane. This prestigious cup, which dates back to 1875, is awarded annually to the winner of a 1,000-yard shooting competition consisting of 20 timed shots, fired from the prone position. Crawford’s win represents the first time in the cup’s 141-year history that it has been won with anything other than a steel barrel.

“I don’t know of anyone else in this sport using a carbon fiber barrel,” said Crawford, who’s been shooting PROOF composite barrels since 2013. “The benefits over a steel barrel are that you get a larger-diameter, stiffer, faster-cooling barrel that weighs less than a standard medium Palma-taper barrel, with no real downside I’ve been able to identify in three years of shooting them. All five PROOF barrels I own are capable of winning any match-providing I do my part.”

A 30-year Army vet and former Army Special Operations Sniper, Crawford has been shooting competitively since 1990. His list of shooting accomplishments is long, including winning the Camp Perry National Matches-considered the “World Series of the Shooting Sports”-in 2005 and earning runner-up in 2001 and 2003. A three-time member of the U.S. Rifle Team to the World Championships, Crawford also used a PROOF barrel to tie the national record for a 600-yard Any Gun, Any Sight competition in North Carolina last November, one of five national records he has set or tied over the course of his shooting career.

According to PROOF Research CEO Larry Murphy, “We are honored that Norm chose our barrel to go up against the best shooters in the world with. His success in Palma shooting has been unparalleled and we are proud to be a part of it-and by putting our barrels to the test in intense competition, he pushes us to do our best as well.”

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Pre-Fit Carbon Fiber Barrels and Steel Barrels for the Ruger Precision Rifle Now Available from PROOF Research

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The winning combination of PROOF Research carbon fiber barrel and Ruger RPR takes 1st place for Wyatt Gibson, at 2016 MGM Ironman competition

Columbia Falls, MT (June 2016) —PROOF Research, makers of match-grade stainless steel barrels, and carbon-fiber composite barrels that deliver extreme accuracy, durability and up to a 50% weight reduction, are now offering barrels for the popular Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) in two different installation configurations (Pre-Fit and Gunsmith-Friendly).

The new barrels have already been proven in competition with Wyatt Gibson using his to take 1st Place in the 2016 MGM Ironman, finishing 138 points ahead of the next-best shooter. According to Wyatt, “The PROOF Research carbon fiber barrel on my Ruger Precision Rifle made a huge difference in weight while not compromising accuracy. I have nothing but good things to say about it.”

“Pre-Fit” barrels for the RPR are available in steel or carbon fiber, arrive ready for installation without further machining required, and are chambered in a choice of .308 Win, .243 Win, .260 Rem, 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor.

The un-chambered “Gunsmith-Friendly” version (available in stainless steel only) comes threaded for the RPR action with a 27-inch finish length, scaled-down M24 contour, available in a number of popular calibers, and is ready for a gunsmith to chamber, cut to length, crown, and install.

“Our cut-rifled stainless steel barrels have been proven in one competition after another and our composite barrels offer similar performance with 60% faster cooling and a significant reduction in weight,” stated Jason Lincoln, VP of Engineering and Product Development at PROOF Research. “These new barrel designs make it easy for Ruger Precision Rifle owners to upgrade their platforms, whether they want to reduce weight, tune handling characteristics, or to realize maximum accuracy”.

PROOF Research barrels for the Ruger Precision Rifle are available at: stockysstocks.com

PROOF Research – Inside Proof

Monday, June 27th, 2016

I got a chance to see this video from PROOF Research while I was in Germany during IWA. What I like about it, is that it gives you a glimpse behind the curtain and you’ll get to see a little of how those barrels are made. I think you’ll enjoy it as well.

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