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X-ray Lucent Gun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by svtruth, Apr 27, 2008.

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  1. svtruth

    svtruth Member

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    Would it be possible to make barrel/chamber, etc out of porcelin?
    I know the lead bullets are radio-opaque so it wouldn't help much.
     
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    I'm not ceramics engineer, but have you ever dropped a plate?
     
  3. claytonfaulkner

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    im sure it could be done in ceramic, or maybe ceramic wrapped in carbon fiber, similar to whats used in armor. i hear they are designing engine blocks now that are ceramic.
     
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    Been watching Die Hard II? :p
    Maybe for a very low-powered gun... for a 9mm or greater? I don't think we've got the technology yet for it to withstand the pressures involved. They can make pot-metal/zinc guns in .25 and .22...
     
  5. AJ Dual

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    There's always a chance that a very low density material with sufficient tensile strength could be developed, or one that's high density, but happens to have a nuclear and electron arrangment that's "just right" to pass x-rays.

    However, to date, anything with the requisite strength to act as a firearm, even a disposable zip-gun made out of glue and rolled up magazine paper, is sufficiently radio-opaque to be easily detectable by security x-ray.

    Your bones show up well enough on x-ray (albeit security x-ray machines and medical ones use different strengths and detection thresholds) and if you've ever handled human, or more likely, similar animal bones they've got an average density to them that's still less than most of the exotic materials suggested so far.
     
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    As my dictionary tells it to me "lucent" does not mean the same thing as "translucent". It means "luminous".

    I'm pretty sure I don't want any gun that gives off large amounts of ionizing radiation.
     
  7. markk

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    How about
    I hear that next year GLOCK will be releasing one in the 40 watt range...
     
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    Ja, in 10MM.

    It may be possible, but I don't think you would want to carry it. I'm sure a 3" thick barrel would contain a 9mm. :)

    Don't believe everything you see on TV.
     
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    That may be the trend in future weapons. Think Phaser.
     
  10. PercyShelley

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    Allow me to clarify:

    I don't want to carry any gun that gives off ionizing radiation in a passive and omnidirectional manner such as would be necessary to render it invisible to x-ray scanning machines.

    I do hear that the "crispy tan" look is in this year though.
     
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