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For questions about existing weapons or designing new ones.

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The Best Arsenal : The Best Assault Rifle [on hold]

I am trying to learn from my past mistakes on asking for too much at a time, while asking for the wrong things, and often forgetting about crucial details. So here I am, in my quest of finding the ...
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Deadliest Possible Small Arms [on hold]

Before I continue I need to clarify a few things. First, by small arms, I mean any weapon that can be used by infantry. Now time to define Steve, our guinea pig for this question. Steve is 30 years ...
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Gravity being weaponized for its time altering properties

Physics isn't my strong suite, but I'm trying to understand if something could be theoretically possible in some highly advanced future: Would it be possible for an advanced civilization to invent a ...
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Is a network of spoon-launching trebuchets realistic?

On a comment to My carrier pigeons have been replaced by spoons: how can I send messages? I joke about creating a network of trebuchets to launch spoons. Is it realistic? My concerns: How far ...
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Help my Assassin Kill His Target [closed]

This normal looking man here is called Sam, and he’s about to kill a VERY important person whose death will bring about a great war. This would-be assassin is posing as an Alliance guard, face lift ...
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How to build a Blood Gun?

I recently played the game Mary Skelter - Nightmares, in which the protagonist after some time acquires a weapon that is called a Mary Gun - a device that shoots his own blood. I'll change the ...
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Formulating likelyhood for civilization to face weapons-based self-destruction [closed]

Premise I would like to create a formula that tackles the question of how likely a civilization is to commit self-annihilation. At first glance it doesn't sound possible or practical for that matter. ...
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Accuracy of Machine Aimbots

The evil professor Mr. GLOOPbar has built a base IN SPACE 2 years ago in 2016 with the best contemporary technology. His base is ran by a Artificial super intelligence of unfathomable intelligence ...
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Are folding Xiphoi practical?

I have a character that fights with a pair of xiphoi (double-edged, one-handed shortswords used by the ancient Greeks). These swords are stored in thick nylon sheaths around the character's forearms, ...
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How powerful a bow would be needed to kill this lion

In this land, similar to late medieval Europe/North Africa, there are a species of very large lions, a little larger than the prehistoric American Lion, with an average weight of 500 to 600 kg, that ...
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Weapons for a tabletop game [closed]

I'm making a race for a table top game with high tech weapons. What's a weapon that would shoot through people that isn't just a high powered cannon? Didn't have to be functional today because this is ...
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How much force would this weapon apply?

In the Marvel Universe Mjolnir is said to be forged in the heart of a dying star. Neil deGrasse Tyson mistakenly assumes it was forged out of the heart of a dying star in this video. But what if ...
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Are “Midas” swords useless for warfare?

Are swords, spears, and arrows that turn slain enemies into pure gold useful, in medieval combat, or are they useless aside from free money? Notes about the weapons: flesh wounds don't turn people ...
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Man-portable anti-satellite weapon

Man-portable air-defense systems have been around for decades, and so have been anti-satellite weapons. But while the former is a small, short range rocket, the latter is as big as a cruise missile. ...
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The practicality of Wild Dog's arm-mounted gatling gun

In the Time Crisis series of games, terrorist-for-hire and recurring antagonist, Wild Dog has a cannon mounted in place of his missing left arm. Throughout the series, this weapon takes various ...
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Why would an electrokinetic be unable to create weapons made from electricity?

In my setting, there are these super-powered individuals that can draw upon an invisible energy source in order to enhance their physical abilities and use physics-defying abilities such as ...
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Why would people still use pump-action guns in the future?

9 out of 10 action heroes agree: Repeating a pump-action shotgun looks and feels just plain awesome. But besides the rule of cool, why would we still use pump-action guns in a future scenario 100-200 ...
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Can a two handed sword bludgeon when swung?

Would a large, two handed sword have enough weight behind it when swung, swung, not thrusted, to bludgeon heavy armor like chainmail or plate? So If you swung this giant sword and it hit someone's ...
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Realistic Design For Orcish Swords [closed]

What kind of sword/s might orcs use? Specifically what kind of sword/s might they use that also fits their characterization as brutal, somewhat savage, warriors. While still being practical, realistic ...
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Why would sorcerers not use guns? [closed]

I have noticed that in most fantasy books, at least the ones I read, the group of sorcerers, wizards, or demigods don't use guns or other modern weapons, and instead prefer to use medieval weaponry. ...
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Weaponry made from brittle steel: splintering projectiles

This is about a fictional material that is meant to be very similar to steel, but very brittle (under regular conditions). This means it breaks under stress instead of being strained signficantly ...
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Is it possible to create a practical sword that's naturally toxic?

While doing research, I stumbled across the alloy "arsenical bronze", in which copper is smelted with arsenic instead of (or in addition to) tin. This apparently gives you "a stronger final product ...
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What manner of weapons and armor would be suitable for freezing conditions in the middle ages?

In this story I'm giving a go at, humanity as a whole have been under siege from creatures that can be best described as humanoid demons. Things haven't been going well for the human race, as the ...
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Ordinary guns in space

Can you kill someone from an ordinary gun in space? Will it be able to shoot? I mean weapons like M4A1, pistols, rifles, shotguns, machine guns. How will they behave in open space? My thoughts are ...
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Possible character body modification for wielding large swords

Duramar was a cook, a really strange one. He would walk crooked forward and slightly bent to his right. From time to time I saw him loosing his balance trying to speed up the dinner time, only to be ...
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Effects of stray bullets in space

A battle takes place on the outskirts of a colonized solar system between attacking and defending forces. Would any stray shots have a chance of hitting a ship or station closer to the center of the ...
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What is the most effective crude weapon? [closed]

I am developing a race of generic "barbarians", but I'm looking to see what weapons they can develop that pose a great risk to others. I have not decided what kind of conditions they live in, and I ...
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Would it make any difference If I use diamonds as arrowheads?

Let's say I have a plenty of supply of diamonds for my archer's arrows and my blacksmiths can easily work with diamonds. Would diamond arrows be superior to iron arrows?
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Gravity canceling space gun vs black hole [closed]

Not sure how to say this simpler, so we'll try shorter. We have a big space gun. It makes gravity not be there where it shoots. It shoots at a black hole. Does black hole go boom? And for the ...
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How would a Bronze Age tribe arm themselves vs. dinosaurs?

In this world, a Bronze Age tribe hunts and is hunted by multiple species of large dinosaur. What bronze age weaponry would be utilized by these people for the purposes of combating these beasts, ...
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Weaponry made from extreme light-weight steel: swords and daggers

Imagine there was a material that was mostly identical to steel in almost every way, but instead of a density of $7.85–7.87 g/cm^3$ it would be a tenth of that. That is about 4 times lighter than ...
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Could a mouth-mounted gun be fired without damage to the shooter?

The world where the question spans over a 100 years between 1945 and 2045, the story beginning just at the end of WWII, and proceeding in such a way that never saw the end of the Cold War all the way ...
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Creating a medieval fireball thrower weapon? [closed]

I want to create a medium-distance personal weapon that hurls fireballs with medieval technology for light infantry against heavy infantry. It needs to be similar like a crossbow. Is it possible to ...
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Summoning OP Sword [closed]

In my story, there is a sword similar to J. K. Rowling's Sword of Godric Griffindor. When you are in danger, it will appear next to you, and then you can summon it later on. It will also replicate and ...
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What kinds of weapons produce little or no recoil that could be used aboard a spacestation?

And by "Weapons" I mean ranged weapons specifically. Melee weapons would certainly be useful for close-quarters, but due to the range at which combat occurs in this question, I'm looking for ranged ...
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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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How much energy would be required to vaporise a giant reptilian monster?

At the climax of my story, the main antagonist transforms into a gigantic and nigh-unkillable monstrosity that resembles an unholy hybrid of a crocodile, Mosasaurus and Dimetrodon. After a long and ...
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Dimensional Killer: A bullet from another dimension or parallel universe? [closed]

Let's assume that parallel universes or dimensions exist. I would like to know what are the hypothetical properties needed to make a sniper rifle (and the bullets) that can snipe a person in dimension ...
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Assassination by means of shooting through wall

In the story I am writing right now, a scene portrays the attempt to kill the main character in his own apartment. After having studied the floor plan, the assassin decides to shoot him from the ...
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Would my lizardmen be good at throwing things?

Okay, so I was creating a cold-blooded humanoid species (for a story, I'm no scientist) and ran into a problem with some of my logic. Because of their obvious issues with overheating, these ...
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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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Will cooling of my silencer help my gun's effectiveness? [closed]

Will cooling down the projectile as it travels through the "Silencer" make it: Hit the target with as much or less force? Make it quieter? Keep it just as accurate or better?
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Why might plasma weapons have different colors, even when made by the same manufacturer?

So, I plan to write a graphic novel that takes place in the 26th century. By then, humans have stopped using the old slugthrowers and have upgraded to something more.....eloquent. In mean, if you're ...
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Stoning a person to death, without stones? [closed]

So, on a far away planet, a group of about 500 kids who were raised on a spaceship has landed. Well, their not actually children, just people who still have the mentality of children. Most of them are ...
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Man-portable weapons for post-disaster Arkansan troll hunters

I have a short story in the making where two young men go hunt a troll for an old widow. I have some ideas for what they could be carrying, but am aware that messing up something as fundamental as ...
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Is a sledge hammer a reasonable weapon choice for an entire story? [closed]

I'm writing this video game and I decided to focus on a single weapon type for the combat. As the title implies, the main/playable character exclusively uses two-handed hammers as weapons. While this ...
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What mechanism would be needed to contain and inject super-heated plasma into a target?

Two days ago, I proposed a design for dual forearm-mounted super-heated stabbing blades composed of a Titanium-Coltan alloy and capable of reaching 1,000 °C. These arm-blades were intended to act as ...
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Can a society with no electricity develop modern weaponry?

If electricity didn't exist or behaved differently, would a society be able to develop and reliably produce modern-level guns and other weaponry, like assault rifles and missiles?
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What are the practicalities and impracticalities of ultraheated forearm-mounted blades utilized by a robot? [duplicate]

I have a series of humanoid combat robot dubbed the Atlanta-Types created specially to fight someone (codenamed Heracles) with the powers of electrokinesis and Low-Mid regeneration on equal footing. ...