Investigations of shock induced conductivity of insulators and semiconductors both crystalline and non-crystalline, were performed. Although the insulator-tometallic state transition time was measured, the focus of this investigation was on the recovery phase of the induced conductivity (i.e. metallic-to-insulator state transition). The recovery time and shock conditions were measured with high speed electrical diagnostic equipment. The goal of this research is to determine the feasibility of using shock induced conductivity as a means of producing a high power opening switch. To minimize switch losses, the insulator-to-metallic transition time and conductance is also important, but has been more widely studied. Various shock profiles and intensities and used in the study. The shock is produced primarily with conventional commercial explosives. Shock reverberation is planed in some tests to minimize sample heating and to produce tailored shock time profiles. In addition, the impacts of sample thickness and compression duration on the induced conductivity were also studied.