Shot Counter Helps American Soldiers Automatic Rifle Maintenance

Date of Release: 2004-11-29

Lansing, NY, November 29, 2004 – Whether taking part in a training maneuver or returning a real enemy's fire, the last thing a soldier wants to hear is that sickening click that tells him his weapon just stopped working. The U.S. Navy has been awarded a second-phase contract to Advanced Design Consulting USA, Inc. (ADC) of Lansing to develop and commercialize Shot Counter Technology.

Keeping a maintenance schedule for an automatic rifle is vital to that weapon's upkeep, but until recently, knowing if a rifle needed to go into the shop was like trying to tell if a car without an odometer needed an oil change. Those days of guesswork maintenance are now over, thanks to a shot counter developed by Advanced Design Consulting USA (ADC) of Lansing, New York.

"The device should become a standard accessory of an automatic rifle," says Alex Deyhim, president of ADC. "By measuring shock, vibration, and optionally the barrel temperature, the counter calculates the number of shots the weapon fires, along with the firing cadence, and then sends that data to a palm-sized palm pilot or to a personal computer. The information shows exactly how many times the weapon has been fired and under what specific conditions."

Previously, the military serviced its shoulder weapons according to a precalculated one-size-fits-all timetable. Using the shot counter, however, weapons can be serviced based on the way they were used. Waterproof to about 60 feet and impervious to dust, the shot counter has a sleep mode that significantly conserves battery power. In addition, its light weight doesn't affect the soldier's aim. Also, advances in data storage have made it unnecessary to use multiple memory chips, reducing the counter's size and cost. Hundreds of thousands of events can be recorded into the shot counter's memory.

"Taking the guesswork out of the traditional ways of automatic weapon maintenance is a crucial component to providing American soldiers with reliable weapons," Deyhim says. "Our shot counter has accomplished that." The design, engineering and manufacturing team is headed by Dr. Eric Johnson, vice president of research for ADC.

About the company: Advanced Design Consulting USA, 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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