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Mars Mission

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by RWBlue, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    Since they are beginning the selection for a Manned Mars Mission....

    Lets have a little fun.

    What gun or guns would you take?
    Think what you want to shoot.
    Think logistics.


    Talk to me about the ballistics on the red planet.


    Does Mars have the raw materials to make guns and ammo there?
     
  2. crazymoose

    crazymoose Nonentity

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    Given the gravity (just over 1/3 of Earth's gravity) and atmospheric density (less than 1% of Earth's density), I'm thinking that even calibers like 5.56 would be good for five or six mile shots. With a caliber like .50 BMG or .416, the limiting factor on range probably has more to do with the planet's curvature than the ballistics of the cartridge.
     

  3. bac1023

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    The 50BMG may be able to be shot into orbit, lol.
     
  4. nbkky71

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    Crazymoose is spot-on. The gravitational and atmospheric differences could lead to some REALLY long shots!

    WIKI lists the escape velocity on mars as 5km/sec (11,000mph), so even the fastest production small-arms cartridge couldn't reach that.

    As for me... I'd be happy to just play a game of lawn darts on Mars :)
     
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  5. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I am thinking with the lack of O2 there may be some issues with conventional cartridges.

    I would also think that a pin prick would be death to a man in a space suit.
     
  6. crazymoose

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    Gun powders contain oxidizers. Wouldn't be an issue at all.

    A space-suit tear would be a giant issue, though. Duct tape would be your friend!
     
  7. countrygun

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    Given the atmosphere and gravity, you could probably do a lot with a little. I might have a custom job done. Maybe see about having a CZ75 or BHP converted to .30 Tokarev.
     
  8. Given how much it cost to lift a pound of payload into earth orbit where the flight has to start, and the likelyhood of running into anything on Mars that needed shooting, I doubt you'd find room for a slingshot.

    Now, that slingshot...that might be neat. :supergrin:
     
  9. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

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    AK.....specifically, my Norinco Type 56S.

    PISTOL:
    Kel-Tec PMR-30


    TGG
     
  10. Glock30Eric

    Glock30Eric .45 ACP

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    I signed a petition on White House asking WH to fund and build a death star by 2016. I lol'd and signed it. I know it won't happen but it was so funny!
     
  11. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I would prefer a moon base. The Death Star was too vulnerable to small X-wing fighters.:whistling:
     
  12. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I agree that a sling shot would be neat, but I have watched too many movies. I would want to take some more lethal weapon. If just to defend against others on the trip who get space sickness.
     
  13. Glock30Eric

    Glock30Eric .45 ACP

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:May the force be with you!

    EDIT: By the way if you haven't know that they have exceeded the threshold for the petition. I signed as 35,399 something. It amazed me that many people signed for it. LOL!

    EDIT 2: Here is the link to the petition and help yourself to sign it to laugh for the day. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pe...d-begin-construction-death-star-2016/wlfKzFkN
     
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  14. 1gewehr

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    If you have an Project Orion-type ship, then weight is not an issue! A 4,000-ton ship would have some extra weight allowance for a nice selection of weapons.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)

    Personally, I would have mounted 25mm chain guns as well as FALs, M4s, and sidearms for crew.
     
  15. RonS

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    Smith and Wesson .22 LR kit gun from the good old days and a new Colt Series 70. Then my Anschutz .22 sporter. It doesn't have a model number, it is too old. A Garand or 1903A3 would round it out.
     
  16. mac66

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    Illudium Q 36 space modulator of course.
     
  17. True. A gun will fire in outer space and in the thin atmosphere of Mars. You may not get many shots off since lubricants would evaporate quickly in either environment. A graphite or dry lubricant may last longer.
     
  18. countrygun

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  19. :rofl:

    I wish I'd said that.

    :rofl: