Improved functionality and reliability in ~ 4 months
Client – Sharps Rifle Company – a producer of AR-15 carbine rifles and components
- Material Analysis
- Design For Manufacture
- Mechanical Design
- Rapid Iterative Development Cycles: Build-Test-Learn
- Prototype Development
- Manufacturing Handoff
Sharps Rifle Company is a producer of AR-15 carbine rifles and components that works to improve on existing components. The client came up with an idea to improve a complex component which had been in use for decades. The idea was to take the bolt and modify the bolt lug geometry in a way that would reduce jamming without reducing lug strength.
SGW Designworks stepped in to help produce a proof-of-concept for a new bolt design that would improve functionality and reliability in AR-15 carbine rifles.
Results / Outcomes
- Multiple prototype and testing cycles led to the optimal design and feature set
The Improved Bolt System project focused on the development of a new bolt design that improves reliability in AR-15 carbine rifles by reducing the likelihood of jams from bolt lug/extension lug strikes. The project included intensive finite element analysis, material research, and geometry iteration. A metallurgical analysis was also used in the development of the Improved Bolt System.
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|Hardware Developed||Technologies Leveraged|
|Jam resistant lug geometry||Solidworks 3D CAD|
|Material spec and heat treatment spec||Finite element analysis|
|Revised geometry with no load carrying loss||Various metallurgy tools|