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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.”

www.proofresearch.com

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.

www.proofresearch.com

Inside PROOF – A Sneak Peek

Monday, June 13th, 2016

It’s truly amazing to see how PROOF Research manufactures their carbon fiber barrels. I’m looking forward to the release of the full video.

PROOF Research – “CELEBRATING OUR HEROES” Father’s Day Rifle Barrel Giveaway

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

PROOF Research is holding an awesome giveaway for Father’s Day.  They are giving away a barrel (value up to $1000).

-Enter the contest by subscribing to their newsletter.

-Watch their video “Inside PROOF” for 10 additional chances to win!

Click on the additional links for up to 20 chances to win one of three carbon fiber barrels, any style AR or Bolt, your choice!

One barrel will be given away per week, each valued at up to $1000.

For full details visit proofresearch.com/the-proof/inside-proof.

Meet “The Grunt” From EraThr3

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Scenario
Last month I spent a few days with Buck Doyle of Follow Through Consulting in Utah courtesy of PROOF Research. During his Scoped Carbine Course we used rifles provided by EraThr3 which featured PROOF Research carbon fiber barrels. They were outfitted with SureFire WarComps and suppressors along with Leupold Mark 6 3-18×44 scopes with the Tremor3 reticle and Mark 6 IMS mounts. Barry Dueck also brought sets of his Rapid Transition Sights for each rifle which offers M16A2-style front and rear sights at a 45 deg offset. I use the RTS on my telescopic sight equipped 7.62 gas gun and they are great for taking those close in shots. At Buck’s course it was no different, and I used them quite often in different scenarios.

We fired Hornady 55 and 75 grain Superformance Match cartridges in 5.56mm during the course, depending on whether the rifle was suppressed or not. During shots out past 500m, we relied solely on the 75 grain rounds. This whole combination allowed participants to effectively engage targets out to 1164 yards. This course and firearm setup really increased my confidence in the ability of 5.56mm to reach out and hit targets past 1000 yards. To be sure, there are better rounds available for those distances and we had to use some pretty serious holds to hit out that far, but it’s just something I’d never done before as I consider targets past 600 yards as beyond the application of the 5.56 round.

A Proof-of-Concept Carbine
EraThr3 provided a new proof-of-concept rifle configuration for the course participants which they plan to place into production as, “The Grunt”. They decided upon the design and built them in a matter of weeks but the upper and lowers were cut specifically for this new gun. You may notice that there is no cutout on the upper for the boltcatch. Instead, they milled material from the reverse of the catch in order to give it enough room for operation. Additionally, the ejection port cover pin is captive so there’s no retaining ring. This is also the first time EraThr3 has incorporated a forward assist on a carbine.

Overall, it’s a very lightweight rifle, but an expensive one. These rifles would retail for over $10k with half of that price going to the glass alone, which also added some heft to these otherwise very lightweight rifles. Of course, we wouldn’t have been hitting targets at those ranges without the optics. I know some are going to say that this is one expensive rifle. Yes, it is. Although many folks won’t be able to afford it, EraThr3 is okay with that.

The Parts
They were very open about the rifle’s components and were more than happy to provide links to the parts where available. Although EraThr3 may substitute some items for production versions of “The Grunt”, the rifles we fired in Utah included the following components:

-16″ Proof Research Carbon Fiber 5.56mm barrel, 1:7 twist.
Surefire WARCOMP 556 Muzzle Device
-New E3 Billet upper receiver, with forward assist, Hidden dust cover rod, and more rigid design than its’ counterpart, “Project Anorexia” released last year.
-New E3 Skeletonized Lower Receiver with improved features such as a matched grip profile, elimination of roll pin, hidden duct cover rod, and more robust lines.
-New E3 14″ M-LOK Handguard with full length skeletonized picatinny top rail.
Titanium Bolt Carrier
Properly Headspaced JP Enhanced Bolt
V7 Lightweight Portdoor
V7 Portdoor Rod
-New Titanium EraThr3 Forward Assist
AXTS Raptor Charging Handle
AXTS Talon Ambi Safety
AR Gold drop in Trigger
-Titanium Takedown pins/mag-catch
Ultra Light Bolt Catch
PWS Enhanced Buffer Tube/ratchet design end plate & castle nut
PWS Mod 2 H2 Buffer at 4.5oz
-Magpul STR Stock & MIAD Grip
Atlas V8 Bipod or FALKOR DEFENSE MANTIS depending on rifle issued
Dueck Defense Rapid Transition Sights

The Grunt
EraThr3’s Sheri Johnson had this to say about the guns, “These 12 rifles were built with a grip of hand selected parts and accessories, some of which being new to us, and provided just for the event in Utah. As a grassroots, custom rifle manufacturer, we’re not married to a specific line of goods or accessories. Maintaining the ability to reach across the table, work with most everybody in the industry, and configure a handful of rifles for an event like this is what we’re all about. There’s always risk in the unknown, yet that seems to be where we’re most comfortable. There was most definitely plenty of that when we committed to putting on a show in the mountains of Utah. Win, lose, or bust, you can bank on the idea that we’re always out to test the limits, regardless of the venue.”

I asked about how the production version of “The Grunt” will be rolled out and EraThr3 CEO Stirling Becklin related this to SSD, “Our objective with the Grunt is to address those end-users who aspire to have the most refined, yet rugged rifle available, and we acknowledge that this limits our customer base to a small fraction of the industry’s make-up. All the better, and we’re proud to be in a class of our own. The Grunt will be available at two price-points, one with a carbon barrel, Ti parts, etc., and another being a sub $3k model with a more standard bill of materials, including a single-point cut 416R stainless barrel, but maintaining the same level of accuracy and attention to detail.”

What’s Up With Those Colors?
The rifles we used at the course were offered in a variety of vibrant colors and Sheri did play a trick on me, initially pairing me with a pink rifle. She told me that the colors were inspired by a box of crayons and sure enough, she included a pack in each rifle case along with a bag of Skittles.

She said, “Production rifles probably aren’t going to ship with a bag of candy, but you never know how things may just stick.” Turns out, the Gray tone on the rifle I used for the event is kind of their trademark color, and is more likely a standard color than any of the others that showed up on Buck’s range.

But Does It Shoot?
Whenever you write about a gun, people obviously want to know if it can shoot. At least with carbines, generally they all do and in this case, yes, it does. At this point in the game, Stoner-style rifles aren’t exactly rocket science and EraThr3 has already been building them for several years. Virtually no expense was spared. Take one look at the rifle’s components and you see that it’s going to work unless they don’t know how to put them together. Like I already said, EraThr3 does.

No torture tests were run on the guns we shot and we didn’t go downrange and measure shotgroups. This was a course on long range gunfighting, like a service member might encounter in Afghanistan; shooting from one ridgeline to another. Once they were zeroed, hits were the evidence of the weapon’s fidelity. The guns worked well. Rather than the weapon, it was the environment we had to contend with for those hits. Temperature swings and shifting winds tested our ability to compensate and the high altitude of the range location drained our bodies. Despite this, the rifle didn’t let me down.

However, I’ll give it all to you; the good, the bad and the ugly. I did have two ammo related malfunctions. No biggie, I applied immediate action, and went right back to it. But this wasn’t like shooting a typical long range course of fire. Although we used 20 rd PMags, we went through a lot of ammunition, engaging targets both near and far.

Additionally, EraThr3 did an awesome job mounting the SureFire WarComps on the PROOF Barrel blanks. The timing was perfect; threaded right on with no need for crush washers. However, they had to learn a thing or two from SureFire about mounting the WarComp to ensure that it would offer correct alignment for a suppressor. Consequently, not every rifle was equipped with a suppressor during the event lest we risk a baffle strike. This stuff happens, and I’d say it had a lot to do with how quickly they built these rifles.

In the end, neither one of these issues detracted from my experience. My goal for attending this event was to see if I could effectively engage targets past 1000 yards with a 5.56mm rifle and with this combination of rifle, optics and ammunition, I could. Mission accomplished.

What’s Next?
As I understand it, most of the rifles we used on the course are going to put up for sale at a discount to benefit some USMC charities in honor of Buck Doyle’s service. I’ll post details as soon as I get them but I can tell you, they’ll go fast.

EraThr3 on Erathr3
I had a great time in Utah and got to do some really fun shooting. This was also the first time I had met anyone from EraThr3 but I think this note they sent me sums them up best, “Call us boutique, niche, crazy, or whatever else makes it easy to recognize our inability to conform to the masses. Truth is, we’re just a handful of misfits out to make our own luck and do what makes us happy. It’s what started the madness, and is sure to drive us into the future.”

Shout out to DEFCON Group for the images!

Follow Through Consulting – Weapon Grip For Rapid Movement

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

This week I got to spend some time out in Utah with Buck Doyle, owner of Follow Through Consulting. Buck is very well known and respected in the Marine Reconnaissance and MARSOC communities, as well as industry. I expected to learn a lot from him and he did not disappoint.

One quick takeaway I picked up during the scoped carbine course he presented for hosts Proof Research, Erathr3, Leupold and Surefire, was this weapon grip for fast movement. I thought it was a great, quick share because anyone can easily adopt it on their own.

In the Army, I was taught to carry my rifle in a modified port arms by wrapping the fingers of my firing hand around the pistol grip with my trigger finger extended along the lower receiver above the trigger. Alternatively, I’ve seen guys extend their finger across the trigger with their fingertip resting on the magwell, as seen above. Additionally, I was taught to position my support hand under the forearm with my finger and thumb holding it securely.

Buck was taught the same thing in the Marine Corps. But the realities of combat taught him to modify this grip. Twice, he injured his trigger finger during falls in combat while rushing from one position to another. The first time he dislocated his finger and on the second, he sprained it. He said the sprain was worse because it took longer to heal. Once Buck started wrapping all of his fingers around the pistol grip, he didn’t injure it again.

I told Buck, “That makes sense for the firing hand, but what gives with the upside down grip on the support hand?” He told me that this method of carry served two functions. First, it serves the four rules of firearms safery quite well. It forces the muzzle down in a safe direction during movements. If you stumble, you won’t bring your muzzle up in the air like you would with the more tradtional port-style carry. Second, you can more naturally pull the weapon down into yourself in a full fall.

An important note. Buck adopted this technique for moving rapidly (ie running) while in combat. He fully acknowledges that you will have to transition your grip to shoot your weapon.

One of the things I find most refreshing about Buck Doyle is that there’s no BS. I talked to him about the grip and asked him what he called it. Unlike many tactical trainers, he didn’t have some fancy, trademarked name for it. For Buck, this wasn’t some theory-based technique he had dreamed up, but was based on years of actual combat as a Marine. It’s just an adaptation of a long-standing technique for use in certain circumstances. That’s the kind of thing you take away.

For those curious, the rifle is by Erathr3 with a PROOF Research barrel. The scope is Leupold and furniture by Magpul. More on all of that soon, but yes, I was hitting steel at 1164 meters with this 5.56mm package.

If you’re interested in learning more about Follow Through Consulting, visit www.followthroughconsulting.com.