A recoil force and weight loss simulator is disclosed which generates
vars predetermined forces that may be imparted to training weapons,
and other devices so as to give them realistic operational characteristics
which they otherwise would not have. The recoil force and weight
loss simulator includes first force generating means adapted to
move a weapons support stand and, thus, an imitation weapon effectively
mounted on the weapons support stand in a rearward direction when
activated, and second force generating means adapted to release
a weight, when activated, from a predetermined position above a
terrain surface such that the weight will fall freely to the terrain
surface. Actuating means activates the first and second force generating
means whenever a marksman triggers the trigger mechanism of the
imitation weapon such that the marksman will experience a recoil
force and weight loss upon firing the weapon.
The digital moisture meter includes means for taring an empty sample
pan placed on the balance platen. After the balance has been tared,
a small sample is placed in the sample pan and a heat lamp energized.
At this same time, the initial weight of the sample is stored in
memory and after twenty seconds a first calculation is made to determine
the percent weight loss, the value of which is also stored in memory.
Subsequent percent weight loss values are calculated and if the
latest percent weight loss is greater than the one that has been
stored in memory, the stored one is then replaced with the latest
value. However, if the latest percent weight loss value is less
or equal to the stored value, the stored value is retained in memory
for comparison with the next percent weight loss value that is calculated.
When the percent weight loss value remains constant for a predetermined
number of checks, the stored percent weight loss that has remained
constant is then considered to be the correct value and is both
visually displayed and printed. Provision is made for energizing
the heat lamp at its full intensity for a preselected period of
time and then reducing the intensity of the heat lamp so that the
sample dries more slowly and thus does not burn or lose volatile