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Could firearms realistically have RFID reader built into them so they could be tracked?

Firearms on their interior are very lacking in space, and putting an RFID reader on the exterior takes up the space that could be used by attachments like a CornerShot or vertical foregrip. It would ...
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Is the concept of a biometric smart gun that will detonate when anyone besides its owner touches the weapon unrealistic?

This is basically an extension of the idea of the smart gun, a gun that will only fire when in the hands of its biometrically linked owner, but two steps up. The idea is that someone won't dare to ...
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What constitutes the lifespan of a firearm? If modern guns were still used a century from now would that be unrealistic?

My setting takes place in the late 2100's, so the technology should inherently be much more advanced than the technology we currently possess. However, I still want to feature firearms that are ...
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Why are my soldiers weapons so ineffective, or the rarity of one-hit kills

Intruder alert! Intruder alert! The alarm blares in the control room. The security cameras focus on a group of people who shouldn't be there, who are carrying ...
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What chemical reaction to interfere to negate firearms?

Imagine a magic spell could allow to negate the firearms we know (edited) AND USE TODAY: what would be the one chemical process that operating in all of them needs to be blocked? If not, what would ...
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Are medieval flamethrower chariots viable?

Historically, the Byzantine Empire used ship-mounted Greek Fire throwers to defend Constantinople. These weapons were pretty advanced and horrifying for the enemy. The existence of these historic ...
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Rifle and Bullet Technology

I’m currently working on something where breechloading rifles and cartridge shot are developed very quickly over matchlocks and flintlocks. What major technological hurdles need to be overcome for ...
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Defending against poison bullets [closed]

The United States Army has recently adopted poison bullets. These poison bullets basically kill anyone that they touch. The poison acts in 10 seconds which is longer than it takes to cure the person. ...
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Can Magic Enhance the use of 19th Century Firearms?

The setting is a post-apocalyptic Earth, a few hundred years after a "world-ending" war. What remains of humanity is beginning to emerge from Fallout-esque shelters, but (more importantly) magic ...
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How Would Victorian-Era Firearms Fare Against Dinosaurs?

In a world that takes place during the Victorian era (1837-1901), how effective would period-accurate firearms be against something similar to a dinosaur? As a brief aside, I will accept weaponry from ...
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“Realistic” cowboy shootout strategy

Welcome to the West. Cliche cowboys go around doing cowboy things like lassoing indians, riding horses, and having duels. Naturally, these duels are of great importance to the gunslingers. Whether the ...
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What conditions could make air guns more common than standard firearms?

I'm wondering what kind of conditions (planetary mostly, but cultural or other such fields could work as well) would promote the development and distribution of air or pneumatic weapons over regular ...
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When (if at all) would an arm cannon be practical?

Having a weapon attached to your arm that restricts the use of your hand is a common design trope in sci-fi-themed video games, such as Mega Man or Metroid. They even appear in the Marvel movies ...
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Would people still be able to create firearms, machines and rockets as compact as modern-day firearms in a high-oxygen environment?

So me and my buddy are currently working on a story that takes place on a different earth-like planet similar to when dinosaurs like Brachiosaurus inhabit the landscape. A few differences is that the '...
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How can a city-state keep their monopoly on firearms

I created a low-fantasy world (there is magic, but it cannot really do much) centered around a city-state similiar to medieval/renaissance Venice. On the broken remains of an old empire they became a ...
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Why aren't cutebolds the dominant race in a setting with firearms? [closed]

So, cutebolds are small (85 cm tall) humanoid creatures, covered in fine (usually gray) scales with a theorized taxonomical connection to dragons, which shows in their long lifespans. They breed ...
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The best realistic spell to brick firearms

Okay, so, how does magic work? Magic, at the end of the day, is a swarm of tiny machines (hardly visible to the naked eye, but still within the 10-100 micrometer range) that carry out a task. ...
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Is there a good non-reactive metal alloy for gun making?

So, due to reasons magical, civilization has aversion towards metals which are above antimony in reactivity series. Yet, that doesn't stop them from developing gunpowder and wooden cannons. But while ...
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Massive naval cannons on age of sail ships?

So in a related question, I asked about cannons vs ships made of treated (magically) hardened, and while answers weren't as helpful as I hoped, comments provided a direction in which I focused my ...
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How would projectiles used in my magic gun look like?

So, advanced [on average comparable to the end of 19th century Europe/America, though diverging in specifics due to magic] magical civilization has a problem. They have unique magic guns, that work on ...
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Ideal Firearms for time travel or low tech universe exploration

I am a world-hopping warlock who regularly goes on adventures in various worlds with differing levels of technological knowledge. Being a crafty warlock, I have a number of tricks, weapons, and ...
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Black powder machine gun in an airplane

So, you have found yourself in a situation where the city you manage has finished producing their first powered aircrafts, biplanes. They aren't too good. They barely fly 140 km/h, so they're pretty ...
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Why would rapid-fire firearms do less damage than slower-firing ones?

It's a common trope in first-person shooter video games for the stopping power of a firearm to be inversely proportional to its fire rate and/or magazine capacity. This is done for game balance, in a ...
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Superhuman muscles that can stop bullets; would they look vastly different?

I've plans for somewhat 'realistic' (and that's already quite a stretch of the word) superhuman characters whose muscles have the strength, density, and tensile strength that can stop most low-powered ...
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How to make classical firearms effective on space habitats despite the coriolis effect?

The direction of the force will always be perpendicular to velocity and pointing to the opposite side of the rotation direction. In plain terms, any object traveling in the rotation plane: up (toward ...
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Resources to learn about firearms?

I want to learn about firearms, how to handle them, how to use them and how to talk about them without sounding like a moron for my worldbuilding and writing projects. I've considered options like ...
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Handheld Speargun used out of water for manhunting

Can I have a character make use of a handheld speargun in a postapocalyptic setting to shoot people and pull them back (or at least retain them) with the gun's cord? I came across some criteria/...
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Dodging bullets [duplicate]

We all know dodging bullets is impossible but how bout a person with super vision or just decent vision, seeing exactly when the person pulling the trigger predicts where the bullets gonna go and ...
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Is it possible for a spacefaring species to have never developed gunpowder based firearms?

A story I am working on contains a species, that evolved as tree dwellers on a planet mostly covered by giant forests, but are now spacefareing. This species tries to avoid fire due to their home ...
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A practical post apocalypse bullet farm for the survivor on a budget [closed]

In a post apocalyptic society (let's say northern Arizona or southern Colorado) or just outside of a city what would be Needed to practically 'farm' (produce) modern bullets? The idea is to be able to ...
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Best gun to modify into a monsterhunter weapon?

In my post-apocalyptical-urban-fantasy setting, the main character is a mercenary mage who uses a gun with a big bayonet as his main weapon. The blade is supposed to be some kind of a glaive. The ...
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Which modern firearm should a time traveler bring to be easily reproducible for a historic civilization?

Eureka! Our hero just discovered the secret of time travel, but what to do with it? "I know!", he says. "I will travel back in time as far as I can and hand them a modern firearm. They will learn how ...
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Why limit to revolvers?

I am thinking about a game where people will shoot out in space, with different features. However, an integral part of the game is no spraying/spamming bullets. I don't want to have it in a fantasy ...
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Why would guns not work in the dungeon?

In my setting I need to have a dungeon where people cannot use guns or other gunpowder weapons. The reason can be anything: it's impossible to bring guns in, guns don't work inside the dungeon, ...
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Why did the “Orks” never develop better firearms than Firelances and Handcannons?

The Orks of my world are actually the technologically most advanced civilization. They are bigger and stronger than humans, have bone plates on their heads, greenish skin, and are more akin to the ...
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Firearm ammunition surviving 200 years

OK - breakdown in society - economic apocalypse in 2030 - society breaks down and the supply chain of what we take for granted fails. 200 years later we have regressed to a technological period of ...
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A world without fire - what will the military use as their main soldier level weapon?

Assume that modern day Earth discovers a way to create portals to another planet. Travel between the two planets is fast, safe, and easy. The way this works is that there are fixed points on earth ...
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Can a firearm stay functional in a hidden cache in a jungle in Vietnam or in Siberia for 700 years?

I'm creating a world several hundred years after an apocalypse, but am struggling to get the decay of our current civilization right. The world in short: Earth was hit by an apocalypse in the 2060 (...
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Bolt-action rifle in the 15th-17th century [duplicate]

Lets say a nation around this timeline was making research and advancements in firearms. Other than a flintlock or breech-loader, is it possible for them to produce a repeating bolt-action rifle? ...
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Guns in space with bullets that return?

I was reading on another question (this one) and was thinking "What if those bullets could return?" What I am looking for is: Practicality Cost effective Combat effective Manufacturability
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How could my “tumbler field” steer projectiles away from its user? [closed]

In order to allow melee weapons, firearms, (and dragons) to exist side by side, I need the wheel of fortune that can turn the battle's tide to favor one over the other, then spin it. One such wheel ...
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Could a mass-proportional physical speed limit on projectiles “nerf” guns but not ruin archery?

Like many other writers, I'm hoping to create some sort of justification for destroying the monopoly firearms have on the modern combat scene so that I can justify mixing things up with melee weapons, ...
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There are diamonds 10 times tougher than ceramics, approaching some aluminum alloys toughness, are these diamonds useful as an armor? [duplicate]

According to this paper if diamonds are doped with some boron and nitrogen it will gain enormous toughness while retaining the superhardness characteristic of diamonds. This diamonds reach toughness ...
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Guns against regular people [closed]

In my story a group of people (around 18-20 years old) get superpowers but only slight ones and invulnerability is not one (e.g. perceiving time slower and breathing underwater) and only a couple so ...
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What are some reasons for mages to use guns as well as magic? [duplicate]

The world that I'm building is set in a fantasy world that is reminiscent of the early 20th century. Magic involves the traditional eight schools and anyone can become a magician if they choose to ...
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Micro Missiles combined into a compact rifle platform?

In this story I am creating, there is an airborne infantry that specializes in disabling small ships, rapid reaponse deployment, and supporting ground forces with a large number of them. For reference ...
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How feasible is a man-portable firearm capable of incapacitating a large dinosaur with twentieth-century technology?

In the movie Jurassic World there is a scene where a specialised military response team engages the Indominus Rex, a genetically modified dinosaur said to be of comparable size to Tyrannosaurus Rex. ...
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What is the biggest cartridge caliber that can be fired while standing?

I'm designing three guns here: a two-handed rifle, a two-handed shotgun, and a one-handed handgun. All of them are breechloader guns, so they can only shoot once before reloading. The goals I want to ...
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Disposable harmonica gun cartridge?

Would it be possible to make a harmonica gun in which the "magazine" is lightweight, easily made, and disposable? Preferably with the technology of the 1800s or earlier.
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What would the proper shooting stance be for a recoil-free arm cannon?

Quick summary: it’s the modern day, and everyone can use magic. Some of that magic is of the variety that lets you launch energy blasts from your fists, similar to a Mega Man style arm cannon. You ...