Firearms, Ordnance and Ammunition

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ESI consultants have a proven track record of providing technical expertise and assistance on projects involving firearms, ordnance, and ammunition. Our teams are led by licensed engineering professionals with the technical know-how and industry experience to analyze the root cause of incidents, and we are retained throughout the U.S. to help with matters involving firearm design, manufacture, specifications, and performance, including:

  • Propellant Composition
  • High Pressure/Velocity
  • Storage/Fire Modeling
  • Fabrication/Manufacturing Support
  • Reload/Velocity
  • Tool & Witness Mark Identification
  • Criminal/Evidence Issues
  • Design/Performance
  • Gun Shot Residue/EDS
  • Fracture & Failure Mode
  • Scenario Replication and Testing
  • Metallurgy/Materials Adequacy
  • Wild Cat/Misuse/Abuse
  • Component Codes & Specifications
  • Hazardous Ammunition
  • International Suppliers

At ESI, we utilize a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that allows us to provide the right expertise for almost any project, no matter how large or complex. Using the latest equipment and analytical methods, we provide the range of services, including failure analysis, finite element stress analysis, and thermal and infrared imaging.

Whether the issue is mechanical, metallurgical, or involves many different technical areas, we have staff with the right expertise to help.  In addition, our consultants are qualified experts in both state and federal courts, and can effectively communicate complex technical topics to any audience.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment located conveniently across the U.S., we serve many manufacturers, designers, and component assemblers. These clients look to us to help troubleshoot, develop, and improve the quality of their products and processes. We are often sought after for the analytical results we obtain by combining our high-tech Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and sensitive chemical analysis using X-ray computed tomography (x-ray/CT) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS).


Professionals in This Area








Alexander, Dale E., Ph.D., P.E.   Principal & Director of Materials  


Baron, Richard P., Ph.D., P.E.   Senior Managing Consultant & Manager of Dallas Operations  

Texas (Dallas)

Ernst, Gary (Mike) M.   Senior Technologist  

Texas (Dallas)

Lewis, Mark A., M.E., P.E.   Senior Consultant  

Texas (Dallas)

McDougall, Jeffrey, P.E.   Senior Consultant & Manager of Georgia Operations  


Schmidt, Frederick E., Ph.D., P.E., C.E.F.   Senior Managing Consultant  


Stevenson, Michael E., Ph.D., P.E.   President, Principal & Chief Executive Officer