this is my first question here. I’ve wondered about this for a while, and the original idea wasn’t on Roadhog’s gun but I thought it similar enough for this question.

SCRAPGUN SCREENSHOT https://overwatch.gamepedia.com/Roadhog

So, the Scrapgun. A very short and wide double barrelled break-action shotgun that uses partially melted scrap as ammunition. There are three parts to how this would work that I would like to know.

How the scrap is partially melted and isn’t falling out of the barrels. (I’ve come up with induction heating coils in both barrels powered by a handwavium battery. These coils can heat the scrap up to 815 degrees Celsius very fast. https://hackaday.com/2015/10/23/a-small-1000w-induction-heater/ The scrap would be held by friction and being partially melted would stick together. Unfortunately firing it might damage the coils or other problems might arise.)

How the partially melted scrap is fired. (I thought if we were going to use a handwavium battery we might as well have a rail gun but I don’t know how that would work with the induction coils and whether it would fire like a shotgun like I want it to or in a straight line. Perhaps when you break it open to reload it you put a gunpowder charge at the back?)

And finally, how much damage could this abomination do it if it worked and were to fire at someone.

I know this is more than one question but they are all connected and are really just one big question with three parts.

  • $\begingroup$ Reminder to close-voters: The problem cannot be fixed if the OP is not made aware of it. $\endgroup$ – Frostfyre Nov 25 '19 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ Personally, I see this as on-topic. It's a clearly defined question asking about the construction of a device. $\endgroup$ – Frostfyre Nov 25 '19 at 13:34

Firing Thermite!


The wiki description

Thermite is a mix of ferrous oxide, so you could add scrap iron on it. It releases soo much heat that the railroads are bound with the extreme exhotermic reaction.

If you scrapgun shoots cases with thermite, your handwavium wouldn't be the battery, but the composition of the barrel. Maybe tugsten or ceramic in order to endure the incredible temperature.

  • How the scrap is partially melted and isn’t falling out of the barrels.
    Before activating the shoot, you store thermite as powder. Next.

  • How the partially melted scrap is fired
    Two stage shotgun shell, fisrt part with run of the mill propellant and second stage with thermite.

  • And finally, how much damage could this abomination do it if it worked and were to fire at someone That abomination can melt engine blocks, can melt support columns, no way some protective gear would shield a squishy human from this.


The shortness of the barrels would mean the effective range of the weapon would be very short. It would be more like a sawn off shotgun or at very short barrel length more a directed grenade than a gun. Hopeless at long range, but at short range and with sufficient propulsive force such a weapon would be lethal over a broad arc.

The scrap could be mixed in a mould with a small quantity of any old binding agent. Some weak glue, clay or mud perhaps this is then crushed into a large slug. A waste paper roll is crimped at one end and filled with black powder and the slug added to it.

  • $\begingroup$ Agreed - the cluster of pellets depicted in the screenshot is more like what you would see with a regular shotgun. At that distance this thing would hit the broad side of a barn; all of it and anyone next to it. Your answer is: this is a shotgun. The scrap is hot because it was next to a big explosion. Yep. $\endgroup$ – Willk Nov 24 '19 at 15:02

If this is some sort of electric weapon as the OP seems to indicate (this isn't very clear), then any metalic scrap or projectiles would be rapidly subjected to induction heating in a rail or coilgun.

The shot would be held inside some sort of non conductive sabot (which would happen normally), with only metal rings or a base to provide contacts for the electric arc or "grip" for the magnetic coils to act upon. The heat of the plasma pushing a railgun projectile down the barrels, or the inductive heating by passing through alternating magnetic fields will bring the shot up to temperature fairly quickly, and when the sabot falls away, the projectiles than spread outwards in a (literal) cone of fire.


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