posted on Sep, 7 2007 @ 03:16 AM
While technology will progress in the centuries to come it will also remain a fact that the surest way to kill or injure an adversary is to subject
that adversary to a large dose of kinetic energy; The simplest way to do that at this time is with a firearm.
Until such time as laserbeams, heatbeams, soundbeams, and such types of weapons are manportable and can defeat most body armors, goggles, and ear
protections, firearms will still be with us. When the beam weapons become man portable and can be protected from EMP effects, Water effects and such
and can deliver a kenetic force that can kill or injure and adversary then the day of the firearm might be over.
The assault rifle while at the present is reaching the pinnacle of its developement, (not really to much more you can do with assault rifles in thier
present form), will be around for a while, and before we get to beam weapons, it is much more logical that we will have gyro jet weapons and rifles
that propel thier bullets with an electomagnetic field that sends the bullet down the barrel hence needing no gunpowder.
Firearms will most likely be around for atleast another 100 years, until such time as the wizbang weapons can be subjected to mud dirt seawater
electricity and dozens of other possible causes of malfunctions the simple mechanical firearm will rule the battlefield.