So what is next on the horizon?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ampaterry, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Firearms development has a very long and rich history of innovation following innovation, each one a vast improvement over the previous one -

    Touch-hole -

    Breech-loading -
    Self contained cartridge -

    And what has happened since?

    Furtive attempt into rocket propulsion (Gyro-Jet)
    Furtive attempt into caseless cartridges

    What is the next step?
    New propulsion not requiring an explosion, perhaps, such as magnetic acceleration?
    Vastly improved spring/pneumatic weapons?
    Rapid chemical reaction producing pressure without flame?

    And -
    When a brand new one comes out, will you buy it if you can afford it?
  2. mncarpenter

    mncarpenter Member

    Nov 14, 2009
    dry ice and water-very impressive.

  3. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    I am waiting for a Phaser to come to market. You know, set it for stun, vaporize.
  4. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Oh, I would be FIRST IN LINE for one of THOSE!!!
  5. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    i did some work for metalstorm

    would i buy one if allowed and could afford it?

    damn straight!!!!

    5500 fps from a 5" barrel YEEE HAAAARRR

    10mm 145 gr projectile thats got a near flat trajectory for over 300 yards!!

    its a hoot folks

    two hands for the young uns ( and oldun's too)
    wont hit squat but heck its a hoot

    seen the M88 ??

    metalstorm version of the M203 on a styer base

    deployed to the ghan last year for "feild trials"

    lots of martyrs eh


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  6. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    But seriously -
    Are energy weapons the next step?
    Particle beam - laser - etc.?
    No windage, no elevation calculations - no recoil -

    Actually, that does not sound NEARLY as much fun as the boom of a .44 mag in my palm -
  7. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    I like that one, Jack!

    I had a Freon powered BB machine gun once -
    Very innacurate, to be sure, but squeeze that trigger and there was a sort of 'whiiiissshhh' which dispensed several hundred bb's in just a second or so -
    Thick bottles which are impervious to single shots with a bb gun would disintigrate under the onslaught of this thing -

    But then Freon became 'bad', and I got rid of it due to non-availability of the gas to shoot it with.
  8. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    Energy weapons for sure.
    Still a long way off for civilian use (if ever).

    But think of how 'green' they would be!:D:p:D
    No more burnt powder, no more lead, no more waking the neighbors at night.
    What's not to like?;)
  9. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    best part of the metalstorm stuff is the built in time/ distance fuse for the larger rounds like the 40mm above

    you can airburst them over a enemy trench system

    dial up the range send em down range and Boom! frags galore!!

    set it up and fire short and it will bounce a few times before exploding

    i got pretty good at bounce firing them and could roll em into a trench after a while 100% of the time at 200 meters

    nyuck nyuck nyuck, (my three stooges laugh ) pity i never got to play with one for real (real enemy )

    4 RAR CDO is screaming out for another 60 units to be employed in the ghan
    they have 6 currently and love the effect
  10. petesusn

    petesusn Member

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  11. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    We were playing with a 1MW laser back in the early 60s. It never went anywhere, as we couldn't figure out how to transport the hydroelectric dam around with us. :D

  12. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

    May 25, 2009
    Northwest GA
    We do seem to be at a peak of firearms technology. Until chemistry, mettalurgy, and engineering finds a new advance in the field we're stuck with smaller developments.
    Metalstorm is doing some innovative work with the "no moving parts" idea being one of my favorites.
    I love electronic triggers, if you've never tried one I suggest it!
  13. Suicide*Ride

    Suicide*Ride New Member

    Apr 6, 2009
    Golden, Colorado
    Boy Pops, that sure brings back memories! What I wouldn't give for a freon powered BB machine gun! :D A friend of mine had 1 when we were kids..... it would 'squirt' BB's out like water out of a hose. We wrote our names in my Parent's 6ft wooden fence from the back porch! My Father still gives me grief about that 1 to this day. :eek:

    (We're probably the sole reason why there's a hole in the ozone layer..... :rolleyes: :p)

    My favorite thing about Metalstorm is it's ability to fire several different types of ammunition from the same weapon at the same time!

    Having JHP's, buckshot, AP, etc. all loaded & ready to shoot...... yeah baby! :D I think the picture of the small arm below shows several types of ammunition loaded in the same weapon.

    @ Jack; Did they have to pay you to do the testing? :D (I woulda paid them!! :p ;))


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  14. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Mobil lasers, and sound generating weapons are already being used by the military. These type of weapons will never find their way into civilian hands, unless you are very rich, and connected. I believe that the next big jump will be in ammo, and metal technology. Pistols made of metal that will withstand the pressures that are produced by rifle cartridges, and the pistol bullets to go with them. Bullet speed is another place were we will see some changes, in both rifle, and pistol.
  15. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    You see a nice 10 point buck, take aim and it disappears, ah cwap I forgot to move the phasor off disintegrate or a perp breaks in, aim and honey can you get the broom and dust pan we had another break in.
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