Cryogenic Barrel Treatments

https://media.defense.gov/2012/Oct/30/2000101467/1088/820/0/121026-F-BI646-002w.JPG / Photo Credit: Airman 1st Class Charles Dickens, U.S. Air Force

https://media.defense.gov/2012/Oct/30/2000101467/1088/820/0/121026-F-BI646-002w.JPG / Photo Credit: Airman 1st Class Charles Dickens, U.S. Air Force

What research has been done in cryogenic barrel treatments for sniper barrels in order to improve accuracy and barrel life?

DSIAC received a request for information on research and subject matter experts (SMEs) and/or points of contact (POCs) with experience in cryogenic treatment of steel for sniper rifle barrels. A DSIAC SME at Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI Austin) performed a literature search on DTIC, various repositories for materials science papers, and vendors offering cryogenic treatments to owners and operators of various forms of firearms. The results of this search were summarized and delineated in a report.

Inquiry Completion Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2019
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