100% about sums the whole kit-n-kaboodle.
Destructive testing is a standard procedure for firearms, especially for the military acquisition programs. It is essential not so much to determine catastrophic pressure failure but to project component and sub-system reliability and maintainability values for the life cycle logistical managment of the entire "series" of fireams in inventory or proposed to be placed in inventory.
Pressure testing to catastrophic failure has heretofore been close-hold proprietary information. I laud Clark et. al. efforts to initiate the development of credible and reliable data for the public sector. This is no little undertaking, albeit possibly too much fun and a "blast" to do.
[This message has been edited by Mykl (edited July 18, 2000).]