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The future of smallarms?

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by von Poop, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. Kai-Petri

    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    The oddest thing is that the human being, the soldier is the cheapest part of the war. I think the droids will not be used because that would be a waste of money whereas you can get 'gun food' more cheaply. For ammo I think the idea to make more wounded than dead is 'the idea'. A wounded person takes two soldiers with him to take away from the battle scene, a dead soldier perhaps none.

    I recall that in the Iraq-Iran war the latter used teenagers to discover mine fields. They walked in bigger groups and they had been given a plastic key around their neck ' made in China' that would open the heaven's door... what utter ×××××!
     
  2. CAC

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    Western countries can’t lose people without fallout...countries that don’t respect human life, and there are plenty of them may not mind...but in the west possible casualties plays a part in if a war or confrontation will even take place let alone how long before losses are unacceptable...
    The other thing about androids is that they not only take more punishment, but deal out more punishment...they can hook up to the whole system...
    Instantly see an above view of the battle field and lock onto targets from multiple screens of vision...instantly go infra red, can see a target, and in much less than a second identify the target using face recognition, know who it is, their family and life history and still within that same second make a decision on whether to terminate, wound or leave. The possibilities are enormous...
     
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    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    I saw a document on "Magic bullets". Not sure if this is the same version/prototype of the gun and ammunition, but I found it interesting that if the enemy was in a house hiding behind the wall, you could shoot through the window and the bullet would explode in the air once it entered the room and eliminated the enemy threat. I think the distance was automatically calculated by the gun´s mechanism when you operated the mechanism by pressing a button simply.

    The setbacks are the size of the bullet 25 mm, and the weight of the gun. But being able to eliminate the enemies hiding in a room or a bunker with such a bullet, I feel you should have at least some of these with you to have the least possible amount of own losses. We know house-to-house fighting often is causing very many losses.

    Magic bullets

    2012 version but I am sure there is development done here.

    The XM25, as the new gun is known, weighs about 6kg (13lb) and fires a 25mm round. The trick is that instead of having to be aimed directly at the target, this round need only be aimed at a place in proximity to it. Once there, it explodes—just like Shrapnel's original artillery shells—and the fragments kill the enemy. It knows when to explode because of a timed fuse.

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  4. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

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    Personal flechette gun...
     
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    It was developed by the US and ultimately it was rejected it. The Koreans "adopted" their own version of the same concept, the Daewoo K11, but I haven't heard about it's use in the field. The 25mm ammuniton is crazy expensive for general use, but as a specialty weapon; well, it would be a nice option should the situation arise.
     
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    .....good call on how the archaic technology [ early 20th century ] is still being used ...
    ....I will say the combustion engine is used all over the world, but rockets are not...so, I'll give that a little leeway
     

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