ADC Receives Navy Contract to Develop Shot Counter

Date of Release: 2003-05-16
Contact: Mary Hotchkin

Lansing, NY, May 16, 2003 -- Whether they fight terrorism or keep despots from waging a reign of fear, American soldiers need dependable weapons. This means that the United States military needs a way to track weapon use and determine accurate maintenance schedules.

To meet those needs, Advanced Design Consulting (ADC) of Lansing, N.Y., has developed a lightweight device that fits on a soldier's automatic rifle and does not impede aim. The device is called Shot Counter and the company has just received a contract from the U.S. Navy to develop it.

Currently the military uses a timetable for servicing automatic weapons, says Alex Deyhim, president of the ADC. Using Shot Counter, that timetable becomes a usage schedule. "It will enable the development of weapon safety programs in the military that will minimize catastrophic weapon failures and the resulting injuries," he says.

The design and engineering team working on Shot Counter included project manager Dr. Eric Johnson, the VP of research; Mr. Basil Blank, VP of Engineering; Mr. Ron Smith, manufacturing manager; and Deyhim.

Shot Counter clamps to the barrel of an automatic weapon and detects the number of shots fired by way of vibration and shock. Concurrently it measures barrel temperature as each shot is fired.

After the vibration, shock and temperature information is collected, the data can be sent to a palm-size or personal computer. Since the Shot Counter uses no buttons or displays, it is waterproof to about 60 feet and it is impervious to dust.

To thwart design problems of older-style shot counters, this one stores its data in two histograms and it uses a single micro-controller, says Johnson. The histograms make it unnecessary to use multiple memory chips, thus reducing its size and cost to the military. Hundreds of thousands of "events" can be recorded into Shot Counter's memory.

Dead batteries on the Shot Counter should be a rare problem, if ever, says Johnson. Its micro- controller has a sleep mode that conserves battery power and its timers are automatically reset when it awakens from sleep mode. This makes it impossible to relate actual time to any recorded event, he says.

Each Shot Counter will include a short operation and maintenance manual. Says Deyhim, "With its small size, light weight and the ability to mount it directly to the barrel or a receiver, it can be used on many of the military's weapons."

About the company: Advanced Design Consulting, Inc. (ADC) is a privately owned company organized and structured to provide technical services to all types of clients from small scientific entrepreneurs to universities, government agencies and private industries. The firm's expertise and activities are primarily related to engineering design, research and development, testing and custom fabrication. It searches for innovative solutions to difficult problems. To learn more about ADC products and services, visit the website at
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