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Ballistic testing lab operators/technicians

22 Jan 2016
@ 07:12 pm (GMT)

Ryan Mandau


My name is Ryan and I work for a University in BC, Canada that just built a 15 meter NIJ compliant ballistic testing lab. I've got a Bill Wiseman universal receiver and I measure velocity with 35ghz dopplar radar.. It's pretty cool. I will be doing some standard NIJ type testing and also some more interesting exotic stuff. I love my job.

Anyways, I was wondering if anyone here was a range technician/operator. I know it's slim, but worth a shot. I might have questions as I go and it would be great to ask someone in the same boat. I've been hunting all my life, reloading for 19 or 20 years now and I love shooting, but I certainly don't know everything.

Other than that, I have spent 3 weeks camping around the south island of NZ and I love it there. I still miss it. I've driven the closest road to the ocean possible from Westport, down around the bottom to Kaikura on the east. Even made myself a pretty cool knife at that dude's place in Barrytown and spent 3 nights in a row at the tiny Irish bar in Aukland before I came home.

Anyways, It's good to say hello when you join a forum.



22 Jan 2016
@ 08:21 pm (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Ballistic testing lab operators/technicians
Welcome Ryan. I'm pleased that you enjoyed our NZ homeland. have you got any of the book series that Nathan has written over the past 5 years? Lots of good down to earth information. Your work sounds quite interesting. May I ask what NIJ TYPE TESTING is.
A shame that you didn't get to go hunting while you were here? Enjoy your testing.
22 Jan 2016
@ 10:08 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Ballistic testing lab operators/technicians
Hi Ryan, welcome aboard. Sounds like you have a great set up and great enthusiasm for what you are doing.

Regarding the sharing of info with regards to lab work, I can help privately as time allows but you need to understand that most of my work is done in the field and that I avoid things like ballistics gel like the plague. So there are limitations to the manner in which I can help. There are several aspects of ballistics research which I do not agree with and I find that the field is still very much open for people like yourself to explore and document.

If you need help with regards to range officials, I would suggest you visit a local club for a day to see how these activities are officiated with regards to local regulations.

Heck- thats the most dry post I have written in a while sorry.

25 Jan 2016
@ 04:52 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Ballistic testing lab operators/technicians
Welcome, Ryan.

Please, oh please, tell me your lab is at UNBC.

I would gladly volunteer to help shoot, load, clean....any and all aspects that you need help with, up to seven days a week, if necessary.
You call, I'll be there.


We are a small, family run business, based out of Taranaki, New Zealand, who specialize in cartridge research and testing, and rifle accurizing.