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Guns in space?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Diesel McBadass, Aug 8, 2014.


  1. Diesel McBadass

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    Was wondering about how effective guns are in space. Ive read on some cold war weapons development stuff and their was word of short range laser weapons "could shoot to almost 50 feet effectively" and rumor the gyro jet (goofy gun) was intended to do space battles.

    Im wondering why make goofy impractical weapons if Regular guns worked fine?
     

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    :dunno: Maybe the weight issue of bringing large amounts of ammo? LBS=$ in the space program
     

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    Well, you don't want to consume oxygen needed to explode gunpowder in a space battle. Although the gunpowder creates its own oxygen (I read somewhere) as part of the chemical reaction to firing...

    If you are part of a space force, firing ballistic weapons is going to play hob with your orbital mechanics -action/reaction and all that. If you are boarding a Borg ship and you have your Tavor on full auto, you are going to be bounced all over the Cube.
     
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    Can't say I ever heard of a short range laser weapon. Certainly not in vacuum.
    And the Gyrojet predates manned space flight.

    Of course any kind of slugthrower would be a bear to handle in free fall. I have read fictional descriptions for guns with elaborate muzzle brakes and center of gravity stocks so you would at least be moved in a straight line by recoil. You would have to use vacuum rated lubricants which would bring the gun oil debates to life with a vengance.
     
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    Id heard the russians designed a laser weapon that could puncture a spacesuit within 50 feet or such. Forgot where butn heard much of it was impractical or expensive.

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    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYf6av21x5c"]Guns in Space - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    The Uranium PU-36 Illudium radioactive space modulator is still the best space gun available.
     

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    I think he's more talking about shooting them outside in the vacuum, not inside.

    The bigger problem is recoil.
     
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    yeah it would take a serious muzzle brake or good control of your propulsion equipment to keep from being pushed around now that i think of it.
     
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    So, NASA will never issue a 10mm?
     
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    Of course. How do you think they got to the moon?
     
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    Derp! :rofl: Nice catch.
     
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    Arent lasers less deadly than bullets since the wound gets cauterized by the heat?
     
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