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how long do you think it will be until brass and bullets are thing of the past?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by JLStorm, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. JLStorm

    JLStorm Well-Known Member

    There hasnt been any really huge change in ammunition technology in a while. People are still using blackpowder to hunt, and still use lead based ammo often. I am happy with the current rounds and weapons available, but it seems like innovation drives the markets and I was wondering how long you think it will be until brass and bullets are thing of the past in leathal weapons for the every day civilian and LEO markets.
  2. MErl

    MErl Well-Known Member

    until extremely good batteries of some kind hit the market.

    powder is never going to fully go away though given that flintlocks are still popular.
  3. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    Since there hasn't been any serious propellant innovations that I know of, it'll probably be the same until someone develops a reliable compact destructive laser. Maybe someone will come up with a turbo-diesel rifle, hehe
  4. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    Man, I hope soon. Projectiles are so old-school. We've been throwing things at enemies for millenia.

    Frankly I think the taser is the most innovative weapon to come down the pike in a long time.
  5. Jack A. Sol

    Jack A. Sol member

    as long as it's non electric it will be available to some extent.

    ditto on the battery thing tho, as it may become more efficient to carry a spare battery than 100 rounds of ammo.
  6. yesit'sloaded

    yesit'sloaded Well-Known Member

    Magnetic accelerators and energy weapons are very real. At this point they cannot be carried because of energy requirements. Polymer casings are out there but they are not yet cost effective. It would not surprise me if we got rid of brass cases in the next 20 years. Possibly something like a carbon barrel could be made if cost were not object.
  7. zinj

    zinj Well-Known Member

    Well, muzzleloaders using blackpowder were the standard for a couple of hundred years. Before that arrows were the standard for a couple of thousand years.

    I'd say that smokeless powder cartridge arms still have a good bit of their run left in them. I'm sure there will be changes to the materials that make up the case and bullet as raw materials prices change and technology progresses. A major paradigm shift? Not for a while.
  8. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    TASERs have been around since the 1970s. The bad guys used an early TASER to kidnap the mayor in the Dirty Harry movie The Enforcer.

    Just my .02,
  9. Hunter0924

    Hunter0924 Well-Known Member

    I hope it is a long time. I love 69gr Sierra MatchKings and IMR 4895.
  10. Anteater1717

    Anteater1717 Well-Known Member

    179years, 4 months, 10days, 4hours, 36min, and 23 seconds exactly
  11. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    "Set phasers on 'STUN'".
  12. Guido2006

    Guido2006 Well-Known Member

    Assuming that a viable beam/energy weapon comparable to a rifle is created in the coming years, a good question is raised:

    Will the "right to bear arms" be extended to these weapons?

    Clearly, in the context of the 2nd Amendment as defense from government and for the militia, they should certainly be allowed.

    However, given the claims of ".50 BMGs taking down jets" I can only imagine the propaganda that will be spewed forth by the antis in response to private ownership of beam/energy weapons.
  13. bulgron

    bulgron Well-Known Member

    Parker makes it clear that the 2A is supposed to allow US citizens to keep and bear arms equivalent to the military arms of the day. So if Parker is upheld, then yes, I think we'll be allowed to own beam/energy weapons once they become available.

    But by then we'll also have force fields capable of stopping a hand-held beam weapon, so the balance will be preserved. :)
  14. Joey_the_Wolf

    Joey_the_Wolf Well-Known Member

    I'd actually like to see caseless ammo become popular. I know it's been experimented with, but it never really caught on. Being somewhat of a sci-fi fan, I wouldn't mind seeing effective energy/plasma weapons either. They would probably be alot cheaper to shoot, seeing as all you'd have to do is recharge a battery...
  15. Pat McCoy

    Pat McCoy Well-Known Member

    Told you those "suppository guns" wold never catch on. My flintlock still works fine.
  16. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    Alright, how about this.

    Still use ammo, just without the bullet. The energy derived from the expanding gasses could power some sort of pulse generator.:scrutiny:
  17. Tully M. Pick

    Tully M. Pick Well-Known Member

    And thus are lightsabers born.
  18. Geronimo45

    Geronimo45 Well-Known Member

    Don't count on it. There's already a ban in place on any gun similar to the mythical Glock 7, from what I've heard.

    If it's simple enough to make, you should be able to find a 'make your lightsaber guide' on any linux or anime forum in the future.
  19. Blackbeard

    Blackbeard Well-Known Member

    I'd say a VERY long time -- on the order of centuries. Think about it. Guns that fire brass-cased cartridges are astoundingly effective and far cheaper than any other tool that does the same thing. We still use knives, right? You could use a high-tech laser scalpel to cut your food, but a sharp piece of steel with a handle does as good a job for about a millionth the cost.

    The only events that could cause guns/bullets to go away are:

    A) Exhaustion of natural resources required (not likely)
    B) Cheaper and/or more effective alternative becomes available
    C) Disappearance of the need to make holes in things at a distance
  20. Wheeler44

    Wheeler44 Well-Known Member

    The government already has energy beams, they showed them on TV.

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