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Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    Re: Hand held GAUSS cannon, no seriously.
    « Reply #1 on: August 19, 2013, 04:55:16 pm »
    That's impressive.
    Now he needs to reduce the weight of the projectiles, and either introduce rifling or fin-stabilization.

    The Black Mesa closing song is a nice touch.
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    Re: Hand held GAUSS cannon, no seriously.
    « Reply #2 on: August 19, 2013, 05:00:06 pm »
    Yeah, technology is amazing isn't it? I cannot wait to see how this advances, but to imagine (years and years down the road) a future of all small arms no longer needing gunpowder for propellant and the subsequent death of the "firearm" is a sad thing to think of indeed.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    Re: Hand held GAUSS cannon, no seriously.
    « Reply #3 on: August 19, 2013, 05:40:20 pm »
    The nice thing about firearms is that they don't require a battery, superconducting materials, nor do they produce powerful magnetic fields.

    Eventually, the technology will likely exist to produce magnetically-propelled weapons that are as efficient and reliable as conventional firearms.  But that's a whole lot of work for what is, essentially, another way of doing the same thing.

    Moreover, as this technology advances, you'll see advances in conventional firearms as well.  The current brass-cased metallic cartridge, filled with double-base propellant is a 19th century innovation.  It's not going to be at the forefront forever.

    In the future, you may have more than one option for a "modern" personal weapon. Magnetic, chemical, or directed energy could all be contenders.
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    Re: Hand held GAUSS cannon, no seriously.
    « Reply #4 on: August 19, 2013, 06:54:45 pm »
    Yeah, technology is amazing isn't it? I cannot wait to see how this advances, but to imagine (years and years down the road) a future of all small arms no longer needing gunpowder for propellant and the subsequent death of the "firearm" is a sad thing to think of indeed.

    The word death is a little strong IMO I would use retired. I mean to say that the nice thing about people is that some do enjoy history and heritage.

    Take this for example
    http://spear-hunt.com/spear-hunting-regulations/spear-hunting-regulations-alabama/

    I mean we still enjoy using all kinds of "retired" primitive weapons so would it be absurd to say 200 years from now when ranges are filled with the crackles of lasers and pops from Gauss guns with smart projectiles that once a week the Twentieth Century Shooting Society will gather dressed in era inappropriate apparel and talk about blasting commies with their trusty replicas?   
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    « Reply #5 on: August 19, 2013, 08:24:15 pm »
    When batteries are outlawed, only outlaws will have batteries.

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    « Reply #6 on: August 19, 2013, 08:42:37 pm »
    When batteries are outlawed, only outlaws will have batteries.

    /objoke

     :facepalm thank you Coronach.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    Re: Hand held GAUSS cannon, no seriously.
    « Reply #7 on: August 19, 2013, 09:54:25 pm »
    When batteries are outlawed, only outlaws will have batteries.

    /objoke
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    They will ban high output capacitors first, for the children.

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    Re: Hand held GAUSS cannon, no seriously.
    « Reply #8 on: August 19, 2013, 11:19:43 pm »
    In the future, you may have more than one option for a "modern" personal weapon. Magnetic, chemical, or directed energy could all be contenders.

    I'll take a pulse laser carbine, or a PPC gun please.  ;-)

    I think the next "big thing" in small arms will be caseless or cumbustable case ammo.

    Something like this bad boy made with modern tech could catch on.





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    « Reply #9 on: August 20, 2013, 03:46:52 am »
    I like the idea of the Dorsai "dial a gun" where you select the caliber and velocity on the fly.

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    Re: Hand held GAUSS cannon, no seriously.
    « Reply #10 on: August 20, 2013, 03:33:09 pm »
    I'll take a pulse laser carbine, or a PPC gun please.  ;-)

    I think the next "big thing" in small arms will be caseless or cumbustable case ammo.

    Something like this bad boy made with modern tech could catch on.

    I don't. Not unless things drastically change. Expelled brass is a huge heatsink. You'd need to replace that heatsink.
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    « Reply #11 on: August 20, 2013, 04:52:22 pm »
    Yup.  Especially since caseless ammo would cycle at a higher rate than conventional stuff.   
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