On Target – Why Precision Swiss Screw Machined Components Make a Difference for Firearms & Defense Applications

Whether it’s firearms manufacturing, aerospace engineering or any type of defense system component in between, precision in production can never be questioned. And we are not just talking about components for small arms and rifles such as firing pins, fuzing components, takedown pins, etc. Virtually every component on tanks, jets, rockets and weaponry is precision and reliability critical.

That’s why manufacturing and design engineers – not to mention purchasing managers and quality managers – should hone in on Swiss screw machine technology for the components they require. Accuracy, precision, quality and dependability are just a few of the hallmarks of Swiss screw machined parts. And that can make all the difference.

So what are some of the benefits of Swiss screw machine technology?

 To begin, we should understand that there are a number of different types of Swiss screw machines including CNC and cam driven technology. From the latest, state of the art 6-axis CNC milling machine – which enables an additional rotation around the Z axis for faster cut times – to tried and true Swiss screw lathes, the technology is precisely what firearms and defense applications require. For example:

One of the greatest benefits of Swiss screw machining is better support for all stock material. This is because the part moves while the tooling is stationary. The result is fewer defective parts because there is reduced risk of the support material moving.

Swiss style tools also offer superior tolerances. They use a process called guide bushing which enhances rigidity, thus producing higher tolerances.

Swiss style machines can handle very small parts and are often the most affordable option for such components in firearm and defense applications. The technology can produce long runs of small, complex components faster and more cost-effectively than tradition machines.

Swiss screw machines can make complex parts using simultaneous operations – three or four tool can cut at the same time, for unmatched efficiency.

For more than 50 years, Sheldon Precision has been a leader in Swiss screw machine technology. As an independent manufacturer, we can produce the most challenging and complex Swiss screw machine components for your firearm or defense applications…confidently and confidentially.

For more information on how we can help you increase quality, precision and output, contact Sheldon Precision today.