Torque Specifications for Small Arm Weapons

U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Dennis Sloan
U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Dennis Sloan

Posted on February 1, 2018 | Completed on | By: Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC)

Should torque specifications be included on every weapon fastener?

DSIAC was asked to provide insight into the notion of torque specifications being included for every weapon fastener. A response document was generated by utilizing the intimate knowledge of an in-house subject matter expert (SME). Topics in the response document include the specialized nature (and unavailability) of torque wrenches, waiting times/costs required for proper wrench calibrations, the different sizes/measuring units of torque wrenches, and the danger of under- or over-torquing fasteners.

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