posted on Sep, 24 2005 @ 02:55 PM
Originally posted by northwolf
why not simply use Tungsten?
It has a tendency to turn itself to plasma in high energy impacts. So when fired from rail/gauss/magnetic gun to for example tank armour at high
velocities, it turns into plasma as it penetrates.
This is true, and most likely what will be used in near futurer rail weapons. The only catch is that you need a hard target to zaporize the tungsten
round and the effect is more limited. What I'm imagining would have more of a splash effect and thus be more useful against soft targets.
I've got an idea of magnetic shotgunround, a round where pellets or even better flechetes are held in a group thats size can be varied (for example
1m in diameter) by magnetic force between the projectiles... useful?
I have a *feeling* that this would reduce overall range. The magnetic force would be pulling against the air currents and would induce more drag for
the cluster as a whole.
This is just a feeling based on my basic understandy of areo-dynamics, however. I could be wrong.
On the topic of shotgun ammo, have you ever hear of "dragon's breath" rounds? It's using thermic pelets in a shotgun that are ignited when fired.
This makes for a very nasty insendery weapon. Unfortunatly, it also tends to melt the barrel of your shotgun.
I've toyed with the notion of using a liquid cooled multi-barreled rotery shotgun to off-set the heat build up. Such a weapon would probably have to
be mounted (we're talking some serious wieght here!), but it would amount to a flame thrower that could melt concreat or armoured trargets at close
It would also be hella spectacular to see this proposed beast firing!
Originally posted by Neutrino
im thinkin that microwave weapons are going to be the more likely weapons to be made in the near future .
I have questions as to how tight a sustainable beam you could produce would be. It seems to me that if the beam was powerful enough to do significant
damage quickly, it would also "cook" the air that it travels through. Thus, you'd loose alot of power in transmition.