Looking at ulracapacitors and supercapacitors diverted me onto a tangent about man-portable laser firearms.
For those of you interested, I found this rather interesting and detailed article:
here's a small peek at some of what's described:
Laser weapons tend to have a very low firing signature. There is no muzzle flash and their operational noises would be no louder than a cough or
the hum of your computer. Trying to pinpoint incoming fire would therefore be much harder than with conventional arms. A battlefield dominated by
laser weapons would tend to be fairly quiet compared to modern battlefields, making things even more nerve-wracking for the future soldier. Invisible,
laser-borne death may hit you at any moment, and even the people standing right next to you may never figure out exactly where the shot came from.
Laser weapons also have no recoil, making repeated fire much easier with them than with conventional arms. Lack of recoil also makes them ideal
weapons for use in microgravity environments, such as space stations and ships. Shoulder stocks and such will probably still be present, however, to
offer stabilization for precision fire.
Laser beams are not affected by wind or gravity the way bullets are, and there is no projectile drop or drift to calculate for very long-range
targets. And on the scale of most infantry battlefields, a laser beam will hit its target instantaneously. This combined with their other stealth
advantages may make lasers into the choice sniper weapon of the late 21st century and beyond, even if competing arms technologies at Tech Level
14-plus may offer other advantages for the everyday soldier.
Currently, from a practical and expense standpoint, man-portable laser firearms are not anything that we'll see in the immediate future in the
battlefiled with war fighters due to many restrictions such as firing rate, recharge time, weigh, bulk and awkwardness of a necessary heavy backpack
power supply, and other such.
On the other hand, in consideration of the extremely low profile, range, and advantages of zero windage associated with a laser firearm, even if
bulky, if I'm reading correctly, it's entirely possible to DIY a one chance, one-shot, one kill laser firearm with available solid state lasers and
It would be impractical, but, were a government agency, or even some lone crazed individual with a vendetta interested in hitting a target that could
not be effectively reached by conventional methods to employ some foresight and planning in setting up a platform 3 or 4 miles away from the planned
target time/location, a one chance, one shot, invisible laser-beam firearm may suddenly be more practical than any other choice.
It would be possible to create a static laser firearm at Tech Levels lower than 14 using externally-carried power sources, such as flywheels or
ultracapacitors in a backpack and attached via power cord. However, this places a great deal of additional burden on the user and can be awkward to
I just thought this article and possible real world, right now, though 'impractical' application of such was an interesting read, especially in
consideration that, there is a 'possible' involved, and the implications such could tickle among the future conspiracy minded here at ATS.
Then again, have there been any mysterious deaths of difficult to reach personalities in the news over the last few years where they suddenly
over-heated, or had a sudden almost imperceptible needle-thin hole burned through a vital part of their person like their head, heart, spine, or
something less noticeable like the eye and into the brain?
Due the low firing signature described, even a bulky and impractical set-up targeted from 3 or 4 miles away could feasible walk away undetected.
edit on 10-5-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)