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finally, the myth of stopping power put to rest

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by taliv, Apr 3, 2013.

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  1. taliv

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    http://what-if.xkcd.com/18/

     
  2. sota

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    I laughed substantially at that.
     
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    Great read... a wonderfully thorough explanation of a completely ridiculous question.
     
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    Imagine how quickly the locomotive could have been stopped if those people had been equiped with phased plasma rifles in the 40 megawatt range!!!!!:evil::neener::rolleyes:
     
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    actually a great way to pose the question... what human deployable weapon systems can stop a train inside of their effective distance.

    that would be an interesting list.
     
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    Wow, I hope everyone has on their ear and eye protection! Now I feel like looking for videos of people double wielding AK-47s. brb
     
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    But if we alter the scenario so that the locomotive is on a movie set with the villain aboard, and we have a solitary good guy shooter with a .45 Auto, one shot and the train not only stops dead in its tracks but explodes into a massive ball of flames...

    Girl runs out to kiss hero...roll credits.
     
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    .45 ACP has more knockdown power than 9mm.

    *Runs*
     
  11. 9mmepiphany

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    Engineers are always great about how they think of things...like this, from further in the article where they have upped the number of shooters to 40k:

     
  12. taliv

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    so THAT'S what homeland security needs with all that ammo!
     
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    Calculations are incorrect ... in a human wave attack against armor, REAL zealots use their bodies to slow the enemy advance. Anything less would indicate a lack of commitment.
     
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    Now I know what engineers do in their spare time. :what:
     
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    You could kill a rabbit with a BB gun.......
     
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    They actually could melt the locomotive if their phasers weren't set to stun!! :D
     
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    Once I stopped laughing and could speak coherently again, I tried explaining to a "non-details person," why I thought that was so funny. I didn't have a lot of luck.
     
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    xkcd is great :D
     
  20. taliv

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    i thought this was a particularly interesting observation

     
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    Nice find, and very funny.
     
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    Kinda interesting but it in no way actually applies to the asteroid theory because laser beams have no mass and depend entirely on a temperature variance created to explode the said asteroid. It can't be deflected or slowed down by the beam only pierced and hopefully exploded into smaller fragments and slightly altering course because of said explosion.
     
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    So 2500 people with AK's can stop that train.

    I guess that means maybe 5 people shooting the mighty M-14 could do the same thing!
     
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    Photons can have mass- As the particle is accelerated to ever higher speeds, its relativistic mass increases without limit.

    Thus a laser can have mass.

    But not much :)
     
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    I have to say it, but a GE locomotive weighs a heck of a lot more than 12 metric tons...maybe 120 tons
     
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