Pulse Rifles nolonger a Sci-fi fantasy weapon


January 7, 2003, 06:40 PM
Your gunna luv dis. ;)
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January 7, 2003, 06:44 PM
Trespassers will be stunned.
Survivors will be stunned again. :confused:

January 7, 2003, 06:46 PM
I bet all the guys will have a field day and keep saying "Set for stun!" over and over again. I know I would :evil:

January 7, 2003, 06:48 PM
Wait, I thought that the M41A Pulse-Rifle fired a 10mm caseless round with an underslung 20mm pump-action grenade launcher?

I'm such a dork.

rock jock
January 7, 2003, 07:02 PM
The Army's Stryker Brigade Combat teams are "quick strike" outfits to be deployed to a global hot spot within 96 hours. The heart of the teams is the Stryker troop vehicle, the Army's vision for combining the might of its armored tanks with the agility of a lighter infantry troop carrier. Filled with state-of-the-art equipment, the mini-tank Stryker can cruise at 60 mph and can be dropped into a war zone, ready on landing to fight.
I think Bill Murray drove one of these in Stripes.

January 7, 2003, 07:07 PM
I drive one of those every day, but I camoflaged mine to look just like a Toyota Corolla.:D

mons meg
January 7, 2003, 07:11 PM
Cool! They're going to use a LAV-25? No? Oh wait...I was thinking of the troops already outfitted to do the "hot spot" job. The Marines... :D

January 7, 2003, 08:37 PM
* A pint-sized surveillance aircraft that weighs 4 pounds and can be assembled in about 30 seconds. Costing just $3,000 each, the Dragon Eye reconnaissance drone can travel at 40 mph, range as far as 61/2 miles and stay aloft for an hour, beaming back color video to a screen strapped to a Marine's wrist.

Anybody wanna bet they could be made for civilians for $200 or so?

January 7, 2003, 08:48 PM

TV Program Description
Original PBS Broadcast Date: January 7, 2003

The air war in Afghanistan showed that sometimes the hottest pilots
are sitting on the ground operating the remote controls of UAVs -- or
unmanned aerial vehicles. In newly declassified footage, "Spies That
Fly" reveals the astounding capabilities of UAVs and the ambitious
plans for future models.

As demonstrated in every aerial operation involving United States
forces since the Gulf War in 1991, UAVs can fly places and perform
missions that are often too dangerous for humans to risk. Among the
advanced UAVs now under development are super-efficient jets that
can soar halfway around the world on autopilot without refueling and
six-inch flying disks with penny-sized cameras. Right now the Marines
are developing their own UAV, which can be carried in a backpack
and launched by small units for battlefield intelligence.

The ultimate robotic flyer could be as small as a bee, however.
Because of recent breakthroughs in understanding how insects hover,
the future may hold fly-sized, flapping UAVs that can infiltrate
buildings as antiterrorism surveillance vehicles.

Currently, the top gun of UAVs is the Predator -- credited with
helping destroy 700 targets in Afghanistan. Predator can stay aloft
for up to 40 hours, making it ideal for spying day or night and in all
weather conditions thanks to visible, infrared, and radar imaging
sensors. When Predator identifies a target, it can spotlight it with a
laser for destruction by one of its own missiles or by weapons fired
from manned aircraft in the vicinity.

Although Predator is good for tracking known targets, it's not very
efficient at broad area surveillance. "Predator is a very good way for
following a truck driving down a highway," says John Pike, director of
GlobalSecurity.org. "It's not a very good way to look over an entire
city to try to find that truck to begin with."

In the future that mission will be performed by the Global Hawk. Still
in flight testing, this high-flying eye-in-the-sky was sent to
Afghanistan where it was able to survey vast areas from 12 miles up.
Global Hawk has the added advantage that it can be programmed to
fly itself from take-off to landing.

UAVs are now coming of age thanks to advances in satellite
communications and navigation that allow the vehicles to fly with
accuracy to targets far out of sight of ground control stations. This
technology also allows the UAVs to send their images to commanders
all over the world.

Historically, UAVs are an outgrowth of the Cold War strategy of
espionage from above. In the late 1950s, the piloted, high-flying U-2
performed this function over the Soviet Union until improved Soviet
surface-to-air missiles made it vulnerable. With the 1960s came
invulnerable surveillance satellites.

Neither of these systems worked well for intelligence gathering during
the Vietnam War, however, because of Southeast Asia's frequent
cloud cover and thick rain forests, along with the U-2's susceptibility
to missiles. As a result, the U.S. spent billions of dollars to develop an
automatically piloted, low-altitude UAV. But the technology of the
day was too primitive for this early robotic vehicle to be effective.

During the Gulf War in 1991, the U.S. Navy used a UAV called Pioneer
as a forward spotter for battleship guns, which were pounding
defenses on the mainland. This led to one of the most bizarre
incidents of the war. Iraqi troops learned that the noisy Pioneers
presaged an imminent artillery barrage. One Iraqi garrison therefore
took the initiative and actually surrendered to the UAV.

January 8, 2003, 02:17 AM
Dang, I thought maybe the M41A had gone into production.

January 8, 2003, 03:44 AM
I'd be the first in line to purchase a freakin M41A. Oh man, 10mm explosive tipped caseless, standard light armor piercing round. With a over-under 30mm pump action grenade launcher. And of course it has to sound like the ones in the movie too. Coolest movie gun of all time...

Actually, I'd be happy if someone just sold SBR Thompsons all duded up in the composite stockset with either a functioning, or dummy shotgun under the barrel. Get it in under $3000 and I'll take one...

January 8, 2003, 04:37 AM
I never mentioned a single thing about what technology is capable of.

& the BATF is all in a funk about "Estes rockets?"

January 8, 2003, 11:17 AM
I think Tom Cruise's character used a similar device in Minority Report. Not much good if you want to permanently immobilize a BG but otherwise a pretty neat idea.


January 8, 2003, 12:52 PM
it'd be interesting if the first part of the article were correct, and we have stun guns.

But what I think they are talking about are two things. An energy area denial device which from the descriptions sounds to me like someone pointed a vehicle mounted phased array radar at people level and noticed they found it unpleasant.

THe otherthing they actually mention in minor detail that affects vehicles and electronics just sounds like a herf gun. You can build one yourself if you want, it's not new technology.

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