Getting the first sample set of 50 fire-controls was a major milestone because at this point all of the components built were either 3D printed, manually milled, or was machined on a CNC using simple setups. The first 50 provide a platform to test our design in a more statistical approach. They enable us to better examine overall function, repeatability, manufacturability, and most importantly get initial feedback from real-world testing applications.
At this stage, we are wanting to really put the fire-control through its paces. So, we load it into our automatic trigger testing equipment. We want to know what breaks and when. A couple of triggers are run to over 100,000 cycles examining the parts periodically, tracking failures if they happen, and replacing the broken component. A couple more triggers get to run through 10,000 live-fire situations. Several other triggers are sent to be tested in a more natural way through training exercises and general daily duties.