I have a question regarding coilguns, but I'm using this knowledge for a specific worldbuilding project. I'll start with my question and some brief constraints, but I'll also include a brief description of my world's setup to give some context.
My world's constraints: Coil guns used by infantry within a planetary atmosphere with no access to modern firearms. Assume that power supply isn't an issue.
My question is would coil gun equivalents to modern firearm types make sense? For example, could a coil pistol be practical? Would the construction of a coil sniper rifle differ from a coil assault rifle, or would the only difference be the addition of a scope? Do coil shotguns work?
Or a shorter version of the question; Which types of modern firearms would have coil gun equivalents, and which coil gun equivalents of modern firearm types would be impractical or redundant?
I'm trying to create a somewhat comprehensive list of weapon categories for this world, so addressing as many gun categories as you can will be helpful. Thanks!
So here's the set up for my world. It takes place on a planet where the people living there left to their own devices would have a technology level approximately similar to Earth's technology during the Roman Empire. But, these people have access to the technology of an advanced alien race and have been taught enough about that technology to re-purpose it for, surprise surprise, murdering each other.
I'm assuming that these people have not yet invented black powder on their own and likely wouldn't have learned how to do so from aliens. My current idea is that they have been able to re-purpose alien technology to create coil guns and portable power supplies to power them.
(Sorry for the lengthy explanation, but I didn't want too many answers that wouldn't pertain to my worldbuilding project. As an added note, I was hesitant to use the science based tag as this isn't a strictly hard-science project, but regarding the coil gun technology I do want to have a basic understanding of how it would really work so I know when I'm deviating from reality)