stitch626 wrote:Heres a thought. Instead of bullets propelled by an explosion (ie, regular gun), why not magnetic acceleration?
Mikey wrote:stitch626 wrote:Heres a thought. Instead of bullets propelled by an explosion (ie, regular gun), why not magnetic acceleration?
I think MetalHead was looking for something at (or close to) current tech. A rail gun or coil gun small enough - not to mention reliable enough - along with an easily-portable power source for such a weapon pretty much falls into the "death-ray gun" category.
stitch626 wrote:Just curious, how much power would it take to generate a magnetic field (in similar form to MAGLEV trains) to propel a metal bullet (lets say 9m) to normal speeds?
MetalHead wrote:1 - Would projectile/ballistic weapons as we know them even function in a vaccum?
2 - Assuming the answer to the first question is "yes", in a vaccum, would projectile weapons (guns/cannons/etc) prove slightly more effective upon impacting their targets, as there is no air resistance to slow the shots down over large distances?
3 - Can things explode in a..uh, shall we say, cinematic sense in space? As in huge balls of fire? Or would it literally be an unseen wave of force?
4 - If the answer to the above is "yes", would more damage be caused through the actual heat/flames or simply the overpressure wave?
Mikey wrote:stitch626 wrote:Just curious, how much power would it take to generate a magnetic field (in similar form to MAGLEV trains) to propel a metal bullet (lets say 9m) to normal speeds?
I'm not sure what you mean by "9m." A 9-meter bullet, or a bullet with a 9 meter range?
Anyway, I'm not sure; but for hand-held purposes, we'd probably be looking at a single-stage coil gun. That would imply a pretty high current. Additionally, since it would be awfully hard to keep the coil of a sidearm or longarm cold enough to superconduct, you're also looking at a very hgh impedance for the coil. All this adds up to "I don't know - but a lot."
stitch626 wrote:Hmm, ok. The amount of knowledge I have about firearms (which includes their individual pros/cons) could fit in a flea's nose.
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