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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.
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 handle.
Originally posted by BIHOTZ
reply to post by Druscilla
Well they could use the mechanized battle platform like this one.
I always thought they should use these future weapons on a mechanized platform.
Imagine that with all the portable power you need attached, with whatever laser weapon you can fit on it.
I never understood why they didn't follow up that design with a heavy machine gun and some descent armor. You could have a hummer walking around house to house instead of parked outside.....
Originally posted by Druscilla
reply to post by Bedlam
How about punching a finger sized hole in someone's forehead from 3 or 4 miles away while someone's doing an outdoor podium speech?
Originally posted by earthdude
reply to post by Druscilla
What is a DIY and what do you mean by tech? Are you in the assassination business?