SAAMI Ballistics Conference Set for Sept. 10-12

SAAMI Ballistics Conference Set for Sept. 10-12

SHELTON, Conn. — The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute,® Inc., (SAAMI®), has opened registration for the 2024 Ballistics Conference, taking place September 10-12 in Salt Lake City, with Utah Governor Spencer Cox slated to give the keynote address.

The conference will feature full-day presentations on September 10 and 11 and live demonstrations at a shooting range on September 12.

“This is an important event for SAAMI, the firearm and ammunition industry, as well as test labs and government agencies.” said Joe Bartozzi, SAAMI’s President & CEO. “We’re grateful to the many sponsors who are supporting this Ballistics Conference and its educational offerings. This event is another example of SAAMI fulfilling its mission of establishing standards and providing education about the safety, reliability and interchangeability of sporting arms and ammunition by bringing together experts in materials, testing methods and equipment with their users.”

The event is for industry professionals concerned with manufacturing, performance and operations standards and will cover topics that include:

  • SAAMI Z299.6 – Standard for Commercial Manufacturers of Suppressors
  • Benefits of a Quality Management System in the Ballistics Range
  • Radar Systems for Measurement of Downrange Trajectory and Bullet Characteristics
  • Sensors for Gun Dynamics & Human Exposure
  • Ballistic Pressure Sensor User’s Training
  • Ballistic Pressure Sensor Calibration
  • See website for full list

SAAMI members and non-members are welcome to attend. The attendance fee, in combination with the generous sponsorship of the presenters, will cover the conference cost, as well as lunches, coffee breaks and 1.5-hour social networking events on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Registration website can be found here, and the host hotel Sheraton Salt Lake City website can be found here. A special room rate has been arranged for this event for reservations made on or before August 19.

The September 12 range day will include a radar demonstration of the Infinition radar systems (both lab-scale 100-yard and long-range 1000-plus yard) presented by Barnes Bullets. Browning Arms will be offer an opportunity for attendees to test products while not engaged with the radar demonstration.

SAAMI extends its thanks and appreciation to the sponsors of this year’s Ballistics Conference:

PCB Piezotronics – Gold Level

DEWESoft – Gold Level

Layered Manufacturing and Consulting – Silver Level

Oehler Research – Silver Level

National Technical Systems (NTS) – Silver Level

Kistler Group – Silver Level

H-S Precision – Bronze Level

For questions about any aspect of the conference, please email [email protected].

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About SAAMI
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Media contact:
Brian Osowiecki
203-426-4358. Ext 284

SAAMI Adds HAZMAT Special Permit Information to Website

SAAMI Adds HAZMAT Special Permit Information to Website

 

SHELTON, Conn. — The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI®), has published a new webpage on SAAMI.org dedicated to providing HAZMAT Special Permit information to users.

HAZMAT Special Permits are documents issued by the United States Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to ensure the safe transportation of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) when not otherwise permitted in the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The new SAAMI HAZMAT Special Permit page lists Special Permits relevant to the transportation of ammunition and components. Each of the Special Permits is listed and includes a description about what the Special Permits authorize. Also provided is information on how to look up a Special Permit and how to apply for Party Status.

“We’ve added this information in response to requests from SAAMI member companies,” said Joe Bartozzi, SAAMI’s President & CEO. “In making this information easily available, we are fulfilling a component of SAAMI’s mission to help ensure ammunition and components are transported safely throughout the world.”

The new webpage is called HAZMAT Special Permits and is located under Transportation and Storage Regulations Information.

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About SAAMI
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Media contact:
Brian Osowiecki
203-426-4358. Ext 284

SAAMI Welcomes Bristol Ridge Precision and PCB Piezotronics as New Members

SAAMI Welcomes Bristol Ridge Precision and PCB Piezotronics as New Members

 

SHELTON, Conn. — The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI®), is pleased to announce the addition of two new member companies: Bristol Ridge Precision, LLC, and PCB Piezotronics, Inc.

Bristol Ridge Precision has joined as a Supporting Member and is a manufacturer of ammunition headquartered in Warrensburg, Missouri. PCB Piezotronics has joined as an Affiliate Member and is a manufacturer of pressure measurement devices for the industry headquartered in Depew, New York.

“We are very pleased to have Bristol Ridge Precision and PCB Piezotronics join the SAAMI family,” said Joe Bartozzi, SAAMI’s President and CEO. “They are joining a long list of leading organizations who are at the forefront of promoting firearm safety by the creation of standards that ensure the safety, reliability and interchangeability of firearms and ammunition.”

As new Supporting and Affiliate members, respectively, Bristol Ridge Precision and PCB Piezotronics will have full access to SAAMI firearms and ammunition technical standards, as well as SAAMI’s reference ammunition program assessments. This status also lets their customers know they support the work SAAMI does for the entirety of the industry and the safety of participants of the shooting sports.

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About SAAMI
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Media contact:
Brian Osowiecki
203-426-4358. Ext 284

SAAMI Welcomes FN America to Organization

SAAMI Welcomes FN America to Organization

FN AmericaSHELTON, Conn. — The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI®) is pleased to announce that FN America, LLC, has joined SAAMI as an Associate Member. FN America is a manufacturer of firearms and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

“We are pleased to welcome FN America as an Associate member,” said Joe Bartozzi, SAAMI’s President & CEO. “In joining SAAMI, they become part of the premier US organization for the establishment and publication of standards for the safety, reliability and interchangeability of sporting arms and ammunition.”

As a new Associate member, FN America will have representation and voting privileges on committees and will have the ability to introduce new cartridges for SAAMI standardization. They also will have full access to SAAMI firearms and ammunition technical standards, as well as the reference ammunition program assessments. This status also lets FN America’s customers know they support the work SAAMI does for the entirety of the industry and the safety of participants of the shooting sports.

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About SAAMI
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Media contact:
Brian Osowiecki
203-426-4358. Ext 284

SAAMI Announces Acceptance of Two New Cartridges

SAAMI Announces Acceptance of Two New Cartridges

SHELTON, Conn. — The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI®) has announced the acceptance of two new rifle cartridges for SAAMI standardization. SAAMI is the organization at the forefront of promoting firearm safety by creating standards that ensure safety, reliability and interchangeability of firearms, ammunition and components.

Click on the cartridge name to open the introduction package.

22 Advanced Rifle Cartridge – The 22 ARC was introduced by the Hornady Manufacturing Co. with a 75-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 3,075 fps and a Maximum Average Pressure of 52,000 psi.

22 Creedmoor – The 22 CM was introduced by the Hornady Manufacturing Co. with an 80-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 3,250 fps and a Maximum Average Pressure of 62,000 psi.

For further information on these new cartridges, please visit https://saami.org/technical-information/cartridge-chamber-drawings/.

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About SAAMI
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Media contact:
Brian Osowiecki
203-426-4358. Ext 284

SAAMI to Exhibit at SHOT Show

SAAMI to Exhibit at SHOT Show

Get to know the industry’s invaluable standards-setting organization

SHELTON, Conn. — The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI®), will for the first time have an exhibition booth at the SHOT Show®, the world’s largest trade show for shooting, hunting, outdoor and law enforcement products and services.

SAAMI is the organization at the forefront of promoting firearm safety by creating standards that ensure safety, reliability and interchangeability of firearms, ammunition and components.

From January 23-26, 2024, in Las Vegas, the SHOT Show will bring together the community of firearm, ammunition and related products manufacturers, allowing SAAMI representatives to remind industry professionals of the value it delivers through its many standards and guidance resources.

“We’re exhibiting at SHOT Show to establish a more visible presence among the shooting industry,” said Brian Osowiecki, SAAMI Director of Regulatory Affairs. “Show attendees can come and talk to us, ask us questions and generally learn what SAAMI is all about and our importance to the firearm industry.”

SAAMI representatives will provide information at the booth about the resources the organization offers, such as its technical standards and publications, information on international issues affecting manufacturers and information on the transport of ammunition and components.

“We look forward to seeing our industry colleagues at SHOT Show at the first-ever SAAMI booth,” said Joe Bartozzi, SAAMI’s President and CEO. “We’re an organization that’s not as widely known as we’d like to be despite SAAMI’s significance to the extraordinary number of products our industry produces. We’d like to change that, so stop by the SAAMI booth to get to know us better.”

For more information about SAAMI and the work it does for all of the ammunition, firearm, suppressor and related industry manufacturers and products, visit SAAMI.org or stop by SHOT Show booth #42327.

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About SAAMI
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition, and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Media contact:
Brian Osowiecki
203-426-4358. Ext 284

New SAAMI® Publication Addresses Workplace and Home Safety: ‘Take-Home Lead Hazards’

New SAAMI® Publication Addresses Workplace and Home Safety: ‘Take-Home Lead Hazards’

Take Home Lead HazardsSHELTON, Conn. — The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI), has released its latest publication, “Take-Home Lead Hazards,” detailing steps for minimizing lead exposure in the workplace and specifically for take-home lead which can expose family members to this material.

This comprehensive guide provides invaluable insights into mitigating lead exposure within ammunition manufacturing, testing facilities, and shooting ranges.

Key highlights of “Take-Home Lead Hazards” include:

  • Understanding the risks associated with lead exposure
  • Compliance with OSHA’s lead standard
  • Recent changes in EPA & HUD lead clearance levels
  • State-specific requirements and regulations
  • Best practices for lead exposure prevention

“This resource underscores SAAMI’s commitment to safety at every level of the firearm and ammunition industry,” said Joe Bartozzi, SAAMI President and CEO. “We recognize the importance of safeguarding not only the employees within our industry but also their families and loved ones from lead exposure. ‘Take-Home Lead Hazards’ equips manufacturers with the knowledge and tools they need to protect their workforce and ensure compliance with the latest safety standards.”

Find the posted document and other advisories in the SAAMI library of informational publications and advisories at: https://saami.org/publications-advisories/advisories/.

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About SAAMI
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Media contact:
Brian Osowiecki
203-426-4358. Ext 284

SAAMI Releases Update of Abusive Mishandling Standard

SAAMI Releases Update of Abusive Mishandling Standard

SAAMI - American National StandardSHELTON, Conn. — The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI®), is pleased to announce the release of the 2023 update to American National Standard SAAMI Z299.5-2023, Voluntary Industry Performance Standards Criteria for Evaluation of New Firearms Designs Under Conditions of Abusive Mishandling for the Use of Commercial Manufacturers.

SAAMI is an accredited standards developer recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The 2023 American National Standard SAAMI Z299.5-2023 update details test procedures that will aid the designer and manufacturer in evaluating the performance of new designs of firearms under certain conditions of abusive mishandling.

The publication of these standards is a primary part of SAAMI’s mission to establish and maintain standards to ensure safety, reliability and interchangeability of firearms, ammunition, and components.

SAAMI American National Standards are periodically updated to ensure they remain current with developments in the industry and to capture new cartridge designs introduced by its member companies.

Following development by SAAMI member companies, the standard is reviewed by independent manufacturers, government agencies, testing laboratories, users, and outside experts.

The 2023 standard update, along with four ammunition standards published by SAAMI, are available without charge to the public on SAAMI’s website here https://saami.org/technical-information/ansi-saami-standards/.

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About SAAMI
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Media contact:

203-426-4358. Ext 284

Save the Date: 2024 SAAMI Ballistics Conference

Save the Date: 2024 SAAMI Ballistics Conference

SAAMI Ballistics Conference September 10-12, 2024

A 2-Day Technical Seminar and Training Course plus a range day for product demonstrations or a visit to a local manufacturer.

Presented by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc.
Hosted by Barnes Bullets.

OVERVIEW: 2024 will be the fifth biennial SAAMI Ballistics Conference. The purpose of the Conference is to serve as a training workshop and discussion forum addressing a broad range of topics relevant to small arms ammunition ballistic laboratory/test facility operations, methods, and equipment.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? The SAAMI Ballistics Conference will be of special interest to small arms ballistic laboratory technicians, ammunition and firearm test engineers, and test facility managers, civilian, law enforcement, and military who utilize the SAAMI standards in the manufacture or qualification of ammunition and firearms.

Salt Lake CityABOUT THE WORKSHOP: The SAAMI Ballistics Conference will be held Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 in Salt Lake City, UT at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel. There will be an optional site visit on Thursday, September 12 to a local range to demonstrate long-range radar tracking equipment or to a local manufacturer (to be finalized).

In an effort to keep the content of this event pertinent to the industry and testing community, SAAMI is looking to include new topics for the 2024 event. Topics planned for the 2024 conference include:

  • PCB Ballistic Pressure Sensor User’s Training and Practical Workshop.
  • Short and long-range radar system applications for projectile trajectory analysis.
  • Long range ballistics measurement considerations.
  • Legal considerations of test recordkeeping to mitigate product liability risk.
  • In-process and final product measurements and data acquisition systems.

More information and a final, complete itinerary to follow.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Wanda Heckel at [email protected] if you are interested in attending or wish to receive the forthcoming formal invitation.

ADDITIONAL TOPICS: We are always looking to keep the Ballistics conference pertinent and valuable to the sporting arms and ammunition manufacturing community. If there are specific relevant topics you would like to see covered at this conference, or if you are interested in presenting, please include that information with your RSVP or to provide those ideas directly to Alan Serven, Senior Director of Technical Affairs at [email protected].

Any other questions can be addressed to Alan Serven [email protected] or Brian Osowiecki [email protected].

SAAMI Welcomes AAC Ammunition, Defender Ammunition Company, Forster Products and ROAM as New Members

SAAMI Welcomes AAC Ammunition, Defender Ammunition Company, Forster Products and ROAM as New Members

SHELTON, Conn.— The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute®, Inc., (SAAMI®), is pleased to announce that AAC Ammunition, Defender Ammunition Company and ROAM have joined SAAMI as Supporting members and Forster Products has joined as an Affiliated member.

AAC Ammunition is a manufacturer of ammunition and is headquartered in West Columbia, South Carolina. Defender Ammunition Company is a manufacturer of ammunition and is headquartered in Raeford, North Carolina. Forster Products is a manufacturer of tooling for the firearms and ammunition industry and is headquartered in Lanark, Illinois. ROAM is a manufacture of firearms and is headquartered in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

“We are very pleased to welcome AAC Ammunition, Defender Ammunition Company, Forster Products and ROAM to the SAAMI organization,” said Joe Bartozzi, SAAMI’s President and CEO. “In joining SAAMI, they become part of the premier US organization for the establishment and publication of standards for the safety, reliability and interchangeability of sporting arms and ammunition.”

As new Supporting and Affiliated members, these companies will have full access to SAAMI firearms and ammunition technical standards, as well as SAAMI’s reference ammunition program assessments. This status also lets their customers know they support the work SAAMI does for the entirety of the industry and the safety of participants of the shooting sports.

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About SAAMI
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, is dedicated to creating and promulgating technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammunition and components, and is committed to being the preeminent global resource for the safe and responsible transportation, storage and use of these products.

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Media contact:

203-426-4358. Ext 284