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Taking the bayonet to its logical conclusion. Or, the pike-rifle

Due to some copious amount of handwavium, projectile weapons are not as effective as their melee counterparts. They are still very useful, but not to the point of replacing close combat. Historically, ...
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Ergonomics of a Metal Storm Staff Gun

Upon the The Peaks of Comprehension lies the the Temple of Knowledge, where monks labor, record, observe and preserve knowledge both old and new. With the knowledge they have gained, the monks go out ...
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Sodium Azide for Bullet Propellant?

I'm considering alternatives to current gunpower or smokeless powders for bullet propellant. I ran across Sodium Azide, used for airbags mainly. If it is ignited, it starts a decomposition reactions ...
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How practical would firearms be for early humans?

The basic setup for this world is that whenever someone dies, their soul is subjected to reincarnation. However, every once and a while this system fails and the souls are lost into limbo where they ...
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Overcoming the issues of caseless ammunition

I am currently making a science fiction universe set in a very distant future. Someone suggested that the weapons should use caseless ammunition. However, I cannot find a reason to why you should ...
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Uses for dragons in combat in a Renaissance-level setting with cannons, muskets, and magic? [closed]

My fantasy setting has late Renaissance-level technology with cannons and muskets, along with a moderate level of magic (i.e. Wizards and other spellcasters are well-known, but pretty uncommon). How ...
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Effect of Modern Firearms on Dinosaurs

Man vs Dinosaur. It is a relatively common trope in various Sci fi settings, most famously done in Jurassic Park. These depictions have always fascinated me. I have always been bothered, however, by ...
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Chambering pistols in PDW ammo- does it make sense?

My setting is set around the 23rd century, and for my military, I was wondering what kind of sidearms they’d use. After searching, I found something interesting: there are pistols chambered in 5....
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Are AP slugs for shotguns possible?

When writing stories I usually use war as a simple and understandable way to introduce a conflict that needs to be resolved or sweeps the character away. To keep it interesting I need to build ...
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Metallic Hydrogen Propellant

The idea of potentially using Metallic Hydrogen as a replacement for smokeless powder in current day rifles as a propellant has often been thrown around. What these question don't ask is how well it ...
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Is is possible to create body armour that can withstand being shot ten times? [closed]

So in video games, there is there armor that is gun-resistant. I know there is real-world armor that could take one shot but is there one that could take, say, ten? Is there an example of this?
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How to keep explosive projectiles without propellants?

In the world i'm making, humans are physically incapable of producing propellants. Why? Because their God won't allow it. That doesn't mean humans stop searching for better ways to kill each other. So ...
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Logical type of projectile weapon (firearm) for use in outer space [duplicate]

So imagine a country so developed they have a space station in orbit around their home planet (nothing impossible here). That country decides to have a couple of soldiers (elite air force members) ...
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Would a full plastic gun work? [duplicate]

So a pretty simple question. Excusing and firing springs/pins and the propellant and primer. The gun must be able to work for at least 100-200 rounds without destroying itself. Could a make a gun ...
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Using a body as a silencer? [closed]

So I was shooting the other day and my friends were talking about how effective silencers are and since I was writing a short detective story I wondered how effective a human would be as a silencer. ...
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How would centaurs fight British musket infantry squares of the 18th - 19th century (aside from using artillery)?

How would centaurs fight British musket infantry squares of the 18th - 19th century (aside from using artillery)? The centaurs would have the same technology as the British, more or less. Would they ...
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Specs for body armor rated to stop a heavy machine gun

I have a setting where some units of specialized infantry use ridiculously over-engineered power armor similar to that worn by the Brotherhood of Steel in Fallout or Space Marines in Warhammer 40k. ...
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Advantage of miniguns being military standard?

I'm writing a sci fi fiction based on mass effect, different from the series though. In it I've made humans terrified of an alien invasion/genocide so they focus on firepower/rate of fire or both. ...
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The limitations of Bronze firearms

I had an idea for a world where tin and copper are both easily accesible and usually found close to each other enough that it is a non-factor. Bronze is pretty much the main alloy for use in anything, ...
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Making Modern Firearms In A Pre-Industrial Society - Cottage Industry [duplicate]

What is the feasibility of producing (on a wide scale) modern firearms (particularly small arms) of the type found roughly in the First World War and Second World War (bolt action rifles, submachine ...
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Best gun in the post-apocalyptic Wasteland?

In my world, nuclear war ravaged the world, and nuclear winter scattered the survivors, dropping down the Earth’s population from 8 billion to a few million, at most. In the region of North America, ...
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How to best miniaturize firearms? The idea is to go mechanic route as far as possible, assuming massive energy shortage

How one would go about making firearms smaller? I don't think size per se, more like make them lighter, but at the same time more powerful and having greater range. I would like to incorporate as much ...
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What is the consequence of having a tech that capable of producing early manual repeating rifles?

In my fantasy world, the manual repeating rifle (revolver action, falling block action, lever action, pump action, bolt action) is already a common weapon within human society. If possible, I don't ...
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How does gunpowder-magic reshape the world after its discovery in the year of the Water Pig 3600 Huángdì era? - The (re)unification of China [closed]

Let's assume a postulate from this answer happens: small explosions cause small leaks [in the Manasphere]. So cannon fire causes Mana to leak in for a while. - Darcy Thomas Let's assume this is true....
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Can a precognitive dodge modern firearms?

If you have a physically fit individual who can see up to 5 seconds in the future, is it possible for them to not get hit by bullets by moving away? (Precognition being defined here as the ability to ...
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Would it be possible to mount a working minigun onto the saddle of a tyrannosaurid dinosaur?

My modern setting has these humanoids called the Degenerates whose culture draws inspiration from those of Indo-Iranian steppe nomads like the Scythians, Sarmatians and Parthians who fight as mounted ...
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Firearms and weapons in space

Lets assume the setting is multiple civilizations all around the universe, each owning at least one of a planet, a huge mother space ship or a space fleet. If for some reason there would be a conflict ...
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How would larger quadrupeds dodge gunfire and use cover?

Okay, it's not exactly "dodging", more like running for cover, but you should get the point. There are a handful of creatures in my setting that are quadruped and cover the same size range ...
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Adapting humans to be more likely to survive gunshot wounds?

So, I was thinking. Modern combat relies a lot on intel and speed, but also luck. Now there is a problem. You see, in most video games, even hardcore ones, like Lobotomy Corporation, there are certain ...
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How do I write a fictional alternate history to handwave in a higher predilection for firearms among world cultures?

I'm not a fan of the word "handwaving" it just makes me sound like I'm bullshitting something I want into my story with various excuses. Essentially I want to have all of the world's ...
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Plausible setting that requires a wearable flamethrower

I've got a story I've started, and realized I have no explanation as to why the main character has a wearable flamethrower. Right now, I'm leaving it as 'He's a youtuber who makes stupid stuff so ...
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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 ...