posted on Apr, 22 2008 @ 09:07 PM
Looking over some weapons designs in the past few days has got me wondering:
What's there to improve on in terms of firearms?
Have we reached the evolutionary peak of firearms, to the point where they can't be developed any further?
Take for example, the HK G36. It has almost anything a soldier would need, and it requires very little training to use. Some features:
Integrated 3x Scope w Red Dot
30rd/100rd C-MAG (5.56/.223)
Easy to use (Insert mag, pull back charging handle!)
Theoretically self cleaning (Unlike the M16)
Lightweight, extensive use of composites
Accurate (Effective range ~800m)
Modular, 3 primary variants-G36,G36K,and G36C, all suiting different size preferences
Is there any way we can improve on current assault rifle technology? I can understand "future" technologies, such as 'Gauss' weapons and laser
guided bullets. But, for example, is a change in cartride in order? The current intermediate cartridge (5.56/.223) has proven to be underpowered, and
the 7.62/.308 is to powerful for automatic fire. What do you guys think?