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Found an interesting website about futuristic/sci-fi weapons

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Nightcrawler, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member

    Observe the sidearms page from the Atomic Rocket Website.

    I've read elsewhere on the site that when objects get to 2kps or greater in velocity, their impact energy is roughly equivalent to their weight in TNT. Anybody know about this?

    I know the military did a lot of research on hypervelocity flechette weapons. Weapons like the Steyr ACR were a result. The problem was that 5,000fps isn't quite enough velocity to achieve much of anything (at least not with a 10-grain projectile). But if you could get, say, a 20 grain projectile to about 7,000 fps, what would the end-result be?
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  2. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member


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  3. bigun15

    bigun15 Well-Known Member

    Hollywood would get a kick out of making a movie with that. They'd be torn between their love of money in the box office and their hatred of freedom against guns.
  4. Very cool, it even had the weapons from "Space 1999" and Han Solo's blaster (my personal faves). We have a big sci-fi museum up here in Seattle that has the actual weapons in it. There is actually a large section dedictaed to the sci-fi weapons. :)
  5. Manedwolf

    Manedwolf member

    I expect the next battlefield-useable weapon to be railguns. The current roadblocks are that superconductors still need to be chilled, and develop "quench" points that reduce their effectiveness.

    Once they get superconductors to work at high temperatures, it's just a matter of sequentially firing a line of ring magnets to accelerate a projectile to hypervelocities, and designing a stable projectile. Explosives aren't needed, just the kinetic impact.

    I'd expect to see those first on nuclear-powered ships, with their unlimited electricity, and then perhaps on something like a main battle tank as a primary cannon. Very little recoil, MUCH less stress on the crew inside without the massive explosions, and smaller, nonexplosive and more effective ammunition. Win-win all around, once they get it figured out.

    Rifles? Eventually. If you can't drop it, bang a door open with it, drop it in mud and sand and have it keep working, it's not much use in combat.

    I'd also expect to see big anti-missile lasers on ships replacing the Phalanx guns. You can have enough to have redundancy if some fail, you have power, and you have the advantage that a laser hits its target in (to our perception) the instant it's fired.
  6. MillCreek

    MillCreek Well-Known Member

    And that is one of my very favorite sections of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame Museum. There are a lot of props from many SF movies and television shows; including the original captain's chair from the original Star Trek series. The interesting thing about so many of the props is how crude they look close up. They look much better on camera.
  7. Manedwolf

    Manedwolf member

    Check out some of the Star Wars props close up. Lando's spear/axe thing from Jedi includes the casing of a Conair wand hair dryer and what seems to be part of a toilet float.
  8. Manedwolf

    Manedwolf member

    From the aforementioned site:


    Woah, watch that muzzle, Buck! :eek: :D
  9. Chrontius

    Chrontius Well-Known Member

    Manedwolf: that's a coilgun, not a railgun.

    I want one of those powerholsters!
  10. 50caliber123

    50caliber123 Well-Known Member

    what about magnetic-coil technology? I heard that is starting to take off well. I still believe that firearms will always play an important role in combat though. At least for the next 1000 years.

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