This is a follow up to this question I asked a few days about methods to penetrate advanced body armor. That post primarily focused on possible methods of penetration, but this post will primarily focus on methods that don't involve penetration.
Going off the last post, there are various types of advanced body armors in this setting. They range in what they utilize and how exactly they stop bullets, but the main gist is most of them can stop a typical rifle round like 7.62 NATO but strain under higher power rifle rounds like .338 lapua, .408 cheytac, and .417 barret. They're similar to modern body armor in the sense that it's arranged in plates, but provides mostly full protection to the front of the body. On the rear of the body, there's limited protection, but for the most part it's open to attack.
So my main question is, in a scenario like this where body armor has outpaced typical armor piercing munitions, what options are there for guns and weapons to advance? In my head, I've thought of a few possibilities, most going from advanced recoil systems to far out ideas such as electrolasers.
There are few outlines for what I'm asking, besides the following:
- It must be reasonable to produce. Something with a high power cost like a handheld laser is fine, but something like antimatter bullets is not.
- Must be a "gun". By this, I essentially just mean that it must be ranged, so something like a laser or electrolaser, while not a typical gun, would still count. This also means no saying "combat would resort to a ton of close range knife fights."
- The idea has to be reasonably scientifically based. Making some stretches is fine, but can't be using all sorts of fictional materials.
- Lastly, the idea has to be practical. Something like, say, a grenade launcher, might not work, mostly due to the high weight, low accuracy, and low amount of ammo able to be carried.
I look forward to seeing your responses! I'm also open to other input that focuses mostly around the tactics of things as opposed to weapons. Thanks all!