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Questions tagged [firearms]

For questions about weapons that use an explosion as their main propellant.

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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 ...
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How to make firearms rare while metal is still widely available.

My world is in a Napoleonic era in terms of weapons technology, but firearms are extremely expensive and rare. How do I make his believable? Im doing this because I want to keep bows, swords, spears, ...
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How to prevent the baddies from using my stolen firearms?

So, in this generic fantasy setting, where magic is technology, I have trouble regarding adventurers. To avoid rolling up a new character every time, adventurers are rebuilt shortly after death at ...
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Would a world without reliable gunpowder still develop firearms? [closed]

I'm wondering if a world, given the capabilities of at least early 20th century industrialization, but without any substance equivalent to black powder/gunpowder would go about producing ranged ...
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Futuristic high-caliber low-range weaponry

In Destiny there are hand cannons, which are pretty high-caliber revolvers. In the context of other technology from there, is their hand cannon feasible, is it obsolete in favor of other small arms, ...
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Post-apocalypse ammo

The world has ended and our valiant group of survivors is roaming around the ruins of the old world about sixty years after the apocalypse. Now, most people carries around black-powder muskets and ...
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Firing an AK-47 while anchored to the ISS [closed]

The Setup I magnetically anchor myself to the floor of the ISS. (yes I know there's no "floor", any wall will do) Then, I fire a 5-round burst out the airlock. The Question Can the recoil from ...
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What guns could a WerWolf use? [closed]

Assume these WerWolves are about 8ft tall and are human-level sentient can move their fingers like humans as far as the trigger goes. Besides larger than normal trigger guards, what other features ...
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Crossbow that fires ice-bolts? Seeing as Ice Bullets are impractical and don't work, would firing Ice Bolts work instead?

(To specify, it doesn't have to be specifically a crossbow, if you can think of another weapon that can fulfill the same job like a speargun or a harpoon, or even just a regular bow you're welcome to ...
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HESH rounds in infantry rifles vs robots: Is it viable?

In the semi-distant future, humans are fighting robots with steel armor tough enough to reliably stop a round fired from a regular infantryman's rifle of the time (say something roughly equivalent to ...
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Sustainable firearm production?

In a colony 50 years into the future with few metal resources, but large population on a relatively densely forested (forests similar to those of north america) island similar in size to greenland is ...
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Can firearms be ignited by piezoelectric crystals?

Can firearm propellant be ignited by piezoelectric crystals that are activated by the trigger? This is for use in a world 50 years into the future similar to Earth. The people there are gearing for ...
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What effects would propellant that expands at near light speed have on firearm technology?

Think of firearm technology similar to that of today with better materials, machining, etc. A colony of humans has discovered a way to make propellant that expands at near light speed. What advantages ...
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Why would be preferable use crossbows than firearms? [closed]

First of all, I am aware that its impossible for a planet with less gravity than the Earth, to naturally maintain an atmosphere with the same terrestrial gases, in an equal or greater proportion. ...
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Could a pearl make a good bullet?

If I were to use a pearl instead of a bullet in an old fashioned flint-lock pistol or a musket, could it survive? What would it do on impact? Would it be too light for an effective ammunition? ...
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Production of ammo in post-apocalypse - problems and solutions

First i'll introduce the settings, it's the same one as for my previous question (about currency). It's happening in post-apocalyptic SE Europe (Balkans specifically), about 60-80 years from now. ...
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What technological improvements need to be made to gyrojets in order for them to be militarily effective?

Gyrojets are weapons that fire rocket propelled darts,they are lightweight, they have low recoil, are very silent, and at long ranges have extremely high velocity. They however are highly inaccurate, ...
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Ways to make a creature immune to bullets other than bulletproof skin? [duplicate]

In my story, I want a creature to be immune to bullets, but giving it bulletproof skin seems too obvious. I want it so that you could shoot the creature a few times at its seemingly vital spots (the ...
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Can a weapon that uses plastic materials be mass-produced with WW2-ish technology?

So, there's a WW2-1950's-ish era in my world, and currently I'm designing a couple of firearms. As far as I've read most weapons at that time mostly uses stamped metal and wood, and only a very ...
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Could you strap shotguns to the back of a centaur to be fired during a charge?

Thinking about the possibilities a centaur has over traditional cavalry, I was considering the fact they can be cavalry without a rider. Therefore, their backs would be free to mount something else. I ...
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Shouldering a Ma-Deuce

The setup; We have discovered the ability to make super-men... well not quite, but we can do super-er men. They are...actually not that super, basically just bigger and a little more monstrous. And ...
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Why might modern demigods be unable to use guns? [closed]

In Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse, Annabeth’s dad, Dr. Chase comes in at the end of his book and uses a machine gun on his Sopwith Camel, along with some celestial bronze bullets he created in ...
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How could gunpowder be inventable/refinable, but not percussion cap primers, with the least collateral damage to the world?

While gunpowder has been rightly characterized as one of the greatest leaps forward in the lethality of weapons, guns required some companion inventions to become the dominant small arms weapon system ...
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Feasible guns and ammo in a distant future post-apocalyptic setting [closed]

I'm working on a setting for an rpg and I definitely want to go for a distant future, post-apocalyptic world, not unlike Numenera. In Numenera guns of all different kinds would be considered Cyphers ...
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In a post-apocalyptic future planet where robots are the only sentient life… why would they use wild-west and WW2-era tech?

Context: The setting is a future where the planet is pretty much a giant city and due to reasons has become a post-apocalyptic landscape. Humans are long dead and the only sentient life left are the ...
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Can a technological world exist that does not have the means to invent guns or explosives?

My world has automation but I do not want guns or explosives. Yet, there is oil, and internal combustion to drive cars. I'd simply like no guns, for the purposes of the story. They can have knives ...
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Small flying drones with firearms are legal [closed]

In this hypothetical world which is very similar to our world, small drones carrying light firearms (think handgun) are made legal. They were first mostly used as home security systems. They fly ...
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How would I make guns uncreatable in a post-apocalyptic world?

I am building a world in which technology has taken an enormous step back due to an apocalyptic event. For one reason or another guns no longer exist in the world and I would like to have a reason why ...
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What type of weaponry with the minimal amount of force would be appropriate to kill and subdue a superhuman? [closed]

I know this question might seem a bit vague so I hope to clarify here. Say, an individual, or group of individuals, is tasked to kill several superheroes/villains with superhuman physical ...
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Would it be possible to fire an explosive cannonball, similar to an artillery shell, using stone age technology?

Ignoring how the stone age people acquired gunpowder (see this question), and manufactured cannons, (see this question) would it be possible for them to produce and fire effective shells made of stone ...
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What's the most advanced weapon a time traveler from the 21st century could make with the technology of the Middle Ages?

Assume the time travel is a soldier who has a good idea of how to maintain and care for most guns and knows how all the parts fit together. They've brought with them a working assault rifle, a double-...
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Reasons to pack weapons on interstellar mission?

Question inspired by discussion under this answer: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/70360/2071 Dear people of Proxima Centauri. Our planet is dying. Our suns are dying. As you all know. We ...
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Conceal carry: limits in a modern society

The setting is modern and very Earth like in many ways (technology level being one of them). In one of the largest nations--first world, high GDP, respectable per capita income--there exists this odd ...
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A weapon-of-choice for a Chinese marksman [closed]

For the backstory of a character of the wife of a Chinese marksman who has to escape China after her husband is accused of treason. She decides to take her husband's trusty rifle. It has to be a ...
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Guns vs. Moon Dust

I'm building a sci-fi world in which there are a lot of wars, fought across the galaxy. In order to make this world feel real, I want to design weapons that are well-suited for the environments they'...
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Can guns be rendered unusable by changing the atmosphere?

I have an idea for a story in a post-apocalyptic setting where guns and other explosive devices unusable or otherwise impractical. Is it possible to do this by changing the atmosphere (either by ...
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How would a lack of smokeless propellant affect WW1?

Gunpowder, also known as black powder, is some nasty stuff. It's extremely corrosive, it produces large amounts of obstructive grit and fouling, and using it creates a cloud of obscuring smoke. So ...
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Why would a culture use wooden cannons? [closed]

Why would an empire living in the medieval era with medieval Europe era technology choose to use(and continue using) wooden cannons in spite of advancements in technology and metal working?
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Earliest Possible Gun?

Assuming a technological progression roughly similar to that of Europe in our world, what is the earliest that a civilization could have developed rigid-frame Guns? As far as I know the Chinese even ...
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What non-metallic materials would allow making guns and bullets?

(Related: Warfare without Metal) In my setting, metals (including common metals such as tin and iron) are a rare commodity. Because of this, humans have to make weapons such as firearms (guns) with ...
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Anti-zombie warrior squad

Scenario: A major stock holder in the stack exchange group is a survivalist. And he is fearfull of a zombie outbreak and apocalipse. He has a lot of money to spare. He intends to store a certain ...
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Massive Murderous Destruction (also Manportable)

I want a weapon that can: Chew through reinforced concrete like it were popcorn, Blast through 4-inch frontal armor plating of tanks like it were papier-mâché in the wind Has a high (or continuous)...