posted on Jun, 17 2005 @ 09:39 AM
The same thing was bothering me too Simon, I mean the feeding mechanism would have to be revelutionary along with the gun for this to work. I would
guess perhaps a high pressure system that pumps the balls into the gun...but still...for that speed....I would also worry about jamming. By this I
mean, wouldn't it be possible for the balls to hit the mehanism that spins them? Picture a straight metal rectangle extending along to the end of the
disk which would spin the balls. If this is a centripetal motion gun, you would need these pieces, and quite a few to allow that high rate of fire.
With each metal rectangle, you increase the chances of a ball hitting the bottom if its bottom loaded, or the side depending on where its loaded from.
For this to work, there must be something to synchronize the loading of the balls with the position of the metel piece. To rely only on the trigger
pulling of the user might cause jamming, and damage to the mechanism is the ball is loaded behind the last piece and hits the next one at a
high speed. Of course, these are all assumptions, and I don't know the exact working of the gun.
Skippy, I doubt that positioning would be that much of a problem. Once the ball is released, it will travel in a tangent line. My guess would be that
there is a hole or two that opens up when the ball is firing. That way the ball would get out of its circular orbit and travel in the tangent. For 360
degree fire, the entire circular 'head' must also move. I wonder if firing could take place from two openings? If you load from two different
points, you cut the rate of loading in half needed to sustain that rate of fire, and also counteract the forces if you spin in the opposite direction.
Of course, you couldn't have the two loading points on the sides OR the bottom, or the ball 'pushing' mechanisms and balls would interact and it'd
be catastrophic. If I designed it, I'd load one from the side, and one from the bottom, not the top which would obstruct vision. One of these loaders
would be closer to the center of the disc than the other.
Whatever it is, it must be one hell of a complicated machine and require a large energy source, as well as materials we've probably never heard of to
be strong enough to take those forces. If this exists, you're right Skippy, it will change everything in warfare.
[edit on 17-6-2005 by zhangmaster]