Founded in 2010 by Chris Johnson, Dreadnought Technologies is a technology company with several U.S. patents focusing on weapon accuracy and the utilization of advanced materials. Dreadnought Technologies also licenses its intellectual property (IP) to OEMs in both the civilian and military markets.
Our patented technology was validated by industry leaders as well as the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center independently validated Dreadnought’s technology in 2014 with a published technical report (ARWSE-TR-140114) dated February 2015.
Dreadtec is Dreadnought’s line of high performance advanced composite barrels encased in carbon fiber utilizing its patented technology. It is not your standard carbon fiber barrel as it incorporates our proprietary resin between the steel core and the carbon fiber shroud.
Our standard 24” Dreadtec barrel without muzzle threads comes in just under 3lbs.
Dreadnought partnered with a leading OEM barrel manufacture who supplies precision cores to our exact specifications. These cores are precision button-rifled, hand-lapped barrels in match-grade 416R Stainless Steel.
In partnership with PPG along with years of development, the team identified a high performance polythioether based compound that maintains excellent elastomeric properties after prolonged use, has a service temperature of -80°F to 320°F, with intermittent excursion up to 420°F, and that far exceeds the requirements of a semi-automatic weapon.
In addition to weight reductions, filament wound tubes have very long continuous fibers which add to the strength and stiffness of the structure. The manufacturing process allows for longer length carbon fiber tubes than standard roll wrapping process. The angles used in the winding process makes the final shroud an excellent choice for torsion application.
We’ve tested our barrels and pushed more than 6,000 rounds through our different prototypes. Barrels equipped with Dreadnought displayed a reduction in oscillation/vibration thus resulting in a reduction in friction as the projectile exits the barrel. This is evident by the increased velocity against our baseline barrels as noted below. Theoretically, a reduction in friction as the projectile exits the barrel would result in the longer lifespan than a standard barrel all things being equal.
Throughout our testing, Dreadnought reduced the temperatures of the weapon. A detailed measurement of this temperature reduction occurred while firing the endurance rounds. The team monitored muzzle and breach temperatures and internal bore temperatures (5 inches from the muzzle) during our endurance fire. Remarkably, temperature reductions ranged between 53°F and 78°F, with the biggest reduction consistently occurring at the muzzle. The magnitude of improvement occurred whether the rifle started at ambient temperature or was already warmed from earlier firings.
Given the nearly 40% reduction in operating barrel temperatures, there is a high probability for improved barrel lifespan due to this reduction in heat load.
Velocity increase discoveries by Dreadnought Technologies LLC were validated by tests conducted by the U.S. Army at Picatinny Arsenal. Below is an excerpt form their final report.
As discovered by Dreadnought Technologies LLC, Dreadnought™ barrels increased velocity at the target by as much as 86.8 ft/sec. Also, the standard deviations of the Dreadnought™ velocities were larger than the mass simulation barrels. This validates the previous test results by Dreadnought Technologies LLC. To confirm this difference in velocity was not caused by random variation, a Kolmogorov-Smirnov comparison of the target velocities was conducted. This comparison test indicated a 100% probability that the mass simulation velocity distribution is independent of the Dreadnought™ velocity distribution (D static = 0.8517). Based on the accurate reliability of the velocity data collected, another Kolmogorov-Smirnov comparison was conducted between the Dreadnought™ barrels and the Super Dreadnought™ barrels. This comparison test indicated a 100% probability (D static = 0.5729). While inconclusive, it may be assumed the increase in velocity is a result of the Dreadnought™ and Super Dreadnought™ barrels experiencing less distortion caused by vibration than a normal gun steel barrel while the projectile is exiting the barrel.
In the reports conclusion it also notes the following:
Dreadnought technology increases bullet velocity at the target by 3.6% and may have helped improve the exterior ballistic performance of the bullet.
Dreadnought Technologies utilizes OnTarget software (www.ontargetshooting.com) when calculating improvements over baseline results as measured by radial mean dispersion (RMD), Center-to-Center (CTS) in both MOA and inches.
Dreadnought Technologies utilizes Mechanical Statistical Analysis (MSA) in determining the Tan Delta of our proprietary resin. Tan Delta quantifies the way in which our resin absorbs or disperses energy. It expresses the out-of-phase time relationship between an impact force (firing of a projectile) and the resultant force that is transmitted (vibration) to the supporting body.