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What would happen if you shot a gun in space?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Tech Ninja, Nov 9, 2012.

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  1. smalls

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    So what's the best caliber for Martians?
     
  2. rodinal220

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    So I could carry my C96 Bolo Mauser pistol and really be Han Bolo?? I could finally put those long range sights to good use.
     
  3. Trent

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    Last time I did that, I didn't hear my cell phone ring (ears were on). One of my coworkers showed up AT THE RANGE with his laptop and fired up a 3G hotspot for me to use it. He made sure I knew this was a "one time event".

    The thing is, I didn't even TELL them I was at the range. They just assumed.

    Back to the OP, as far as shooting yourself in the back in space, even a very accurate (sub 1 MOA firearm) is going to introduce enough variance in to the initial trajectory to make hitting something the size of a battleship impossible once the projectile circles the Earth one revolution. Let alone a human back. :)
     
  4. berettaprofessor

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    Let's see; you fire the bullet, and since it's now going faster, it achieves a higher orbit or maybe an escape velocity which sends it to Mars (sorry, but not in the mood to do the calculations). It strikes a Martian and now there are interplanetary sanctions against gun ranges in the vicinity of Earth without at least a 10 million mile range and asteroid-sized backstop.


    And recoil slows you down and sends you either into a lower orbit or into reentry where you burn up after creating an interplanetary crisis and initiating an assault weapons ban against Earthlings with primitive chemical-based weapons.
     
  5. MIL-DOT

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    How long after the first ever bullet was fired in space, would it take for the .45 vs. 9mil. or AK/AR debates to resurface? :D
     
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    ray guns sound way cooler as long as you don't get hit by them, after all no one has never shot them self’s in the foot with a ray gun
     
  7. Rail Driver

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    That's assuming Martians are anti-gun in the first place - I'd like to think other civilizations have solved those problems.
     
  8. fdashes

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    The most important unlying fact is that....there are no gun laws in space. Anyone can shoot the gun or caliber they want to see what would happen. damn,,there are no whitetials in space...I don't think
     
  9. Trent

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    Well, this would beg the question; which would penetrate a satellite better? 9mm or 45ACP? Say the closing velocity is 3000m/s?

    "45, it lets a lot of air out, and a lot of nothing in"
     
  10. NOLAEMT

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    It would be supremely irresponsible... Firing a gun in space.

    What happens if you hit the sun? you'll put a hole in it and it'll deflate. Then what will we do for suntans?

    Damn Kids:cuss::cuss:
     
  11. Trent

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    But think of the consequences of the Golden Rules?

    "Be aware of your target, and what's beyond it?"

    In order to answer that question, we need to boldly go where no man has gone before...
     
  12. Just One Shot

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    If I were to ever find myself firing a gun in space I wouldn't have to worry about the projectile hitting me in the back. I wouldn't be in the same location for long as I would be creating plenty of forward thrust by releasing the internal pressure built up in my bowel from being extremely nervous about my location. :D
     
  13. vito

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    This thread has been highly educational, and I will sure to remember it the next time I happen to find myself in space, have to overcome a threat, and somehow can figure out how to draw my gun from my IWB holster and get it outside of my space suit. The real questions are:
    - will a gun work on zombies in space?
    - if I could only have ONE gun when I go into space, what would it be?
    - which works better against space aliens, 9mm or 40S&W?
    - do they make camo space suits for when I want to go visit the space mall?
     
  14. Pete D.

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    The final frontier

    Will a firearm work in a vacuum?

    Pete

    Never mind....found the answer in an earlier post
     
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    What sights for shooting in space? Iron: Peep, Patridge. Buckhorn? Optical: 'Scope, Red Dot? Laser?

    How much would you have to "hold off" to account for the solar wind?

    (Image: "Stalking the notorious Horsehead Nebula.")

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    Yes, your secret is safe with us. ;)
     
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    You have to figure the lead.

    Martians aren't hard to kill. Shot placement is everything.

    Black with sequins.

    Get a Leupold and don't look back. The bullet might be coming around.
     
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    You can't shoot a gun in space because the powder will not ingite without oxygen.
     
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    Once more, the powder contains its own oxidizer.
     
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    but the primer won't work without oxygen? Just asking....
     
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    no outside oxygen required...

    the primer and powder carry all the oxygen they need bound in chemical form.
     
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    Ask him:
    space_patrol_kid.jpg
    You know he grew up to be a THR member.
    If he was a Commander then he's probably a Moderator by now.
    :)

    Tinpig
     
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    I always wondered if you could make multiple meteors by firing a FA machine gun at the Earth. Maybe make the bullets out of tungsten?
     
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    Tinpig: Now THAT is funny!!!!! :D
     
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