Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [weapons]

For questions about existing weapons or designing new ones.

2
votes
2answers
77 views

Weaponising Implosion instead of Explosion

Explosions are really messy - they cause debris to be spread over a wide area. They may also cause collateral damage. I want to use implosion instead. I wish to use a force-field sphere that contains ...
2
votes
1answer
20 views

What would be the ideal way to weaponize plasma?

Plasma is a relatively common weapon in science fiction, with weapons that fire magnetically-bound superheated plasma or melee weapons that hold plasma in a containment field to burn through just ...
4
votes
3answers
139 views
+50

self-charging pcp airgun

In my story idea the main character is given a pcp airgun with a sort of self-charging mechanism in order to commit certain covert operations by assasinating certain individuals. (don't ask he was ...
4
votes
6answers
263 views

How could a silver sword give off a golden glow in the light?

Now, I am not talking about a golden glow that overtakes the sword itself. I'm not looking for a Lightsaber. I'm talking about a sword that is silver in color giving off a golden reflection (or ...
2
votes
6answers
180 views

Stealthy and hard to sink marine drone made out of… fiberglass and styrofoam

OK, the weapon idea is the following: general shape similar to the drone on this picture modular armament, in default configuration with anti-ship missiles (but goes with torpedos, gun, mines, etc.) ...
43
votes
15answers
9k views

Mosquito Assassin: What is the most deadly substance that can be injected into someone?

Designing an electronic 'mosquito' among my arsenal of 'bugs'. Some work as remote ears, others as eyes. This mosquito is the assassin. He can fly into a room and when he 'bites' someone can inject ...
4
votes
6answers
399 views

Causing motorcycle crashes with a sniper rifle, no evidence left

If you wanted to force motorcycles to crash utilizing a sniper rifle from no more than 800 yards, what part of the bikes would you aim for to not only cause the rider to lose control, but not leave ...
4
votes
5answers
248 views

How to detect gyroswords

So, in the land of futuristic feudalism, the board of sword duels has a dilemma. During a duel, one of the duelists added put gyroscopes in his sword. He claimed this was to improve his balance, which ...
12
votes
11answers
3k views

Hot air balloons as primitive bombers

Imagine a medieval-style city, besieged by enemy army. It might be big and have wide river preventing besiegers from direct attack on the walls and launching projectiles significantly far into the ...
62
votes
16answers
10k views

Making a sword in the stone, in a medieval world without magic

This relates to a world in which there is no magic and only medieval technology. The ruling and religious classes want to convince the general populace that magic exists. For example a sword-smith ...
41
votes
12answers
7k views

How to trigger explosive arrows?

So, I have a small tribe of island people with stone-age technology who have discovered how to make gunpowder. However, they want to make war on the neighboring islands, and they need a delivery ...
-6
votes
1answer
63 views

Metal cannon wall thickness [closed]

I'm planning on making a cannon with a bore of anywhere from 2 inches to 3/4 inches. How thick should the wall be?
4
votes
3answers
239 views

Use bomb to detonate a white dwarf?

Suppose there is a Sirius A based alien civilization, but their planet is heavily defended, so direct attack is useless. Could we use some kind of weapon to detonate the Sirius B and cause a disaster ...
24
votes
6answers
4k views

How to create a glowing weapon with pre-20th Century technology?

In my hypothetical world, a bladesmith is challenged to create a sword with supernatural properties by the King, to prove his ability. The swordsmith wishes to present the King with a sword that glows....
23
votes
9answers
3k views

How advanced or effective weapons can be created from mostly animal body parts?

I have a race of carnivorous mammals living in a very resource-poor environment. Due to a mixture of lack of resources (no metal, no wood or tough stems, etc) and cultural taboos, they are only ...
103
votes
11answers
21k views

This sword is forged from meteorite iron - but how is that any good?

You know the common trope in fantasy. Meteorite iron is amazing. My armor is made of sky iron, made for me. A bear's armor is his soul, just as your daemon is your soul. You might as well take him ...
-1
votes
2answers
185 views

Would weapon firing both recoilless projectiles and guided rockets be feasible?

Idea for a weapon: hand held recoilless gun with caliber around ~75mm (to hit nearby, low value, easy to hit targets) to this weapon also anti-tank or anti-air guided rockets can be loaded (when ...
34
votes
9answers
8k views

How effective would a stone cannon be?

How effective would a cannon made of stone be? Would it actually fire? Would it still be usable after firing? Would it be as effective as a metal cannon? How thick would the walls of the cannon ...
32
votes
9answers
6k views

Are external lights on spaceships even necessary?

Many fictional spaceships of all kinds are known to have external lights. Do they even need them? Outer space is lit by the billions of stars and galaxies, so why are there external lights on ...
6
votes
3answers
124 views

How to redesign modern weapons in order to make their indefinite storage easy?

As usual useful TVTropes: Superweapon Surprise [...] Comes in at least six flavors: Break Out the Museum Piece: It doesn't matter that there hasn't been any fighting for a long ...
45
votes
15answers
6k views

Quenching swords in dragon blood; why?

Imagine a typical fantasy world. Elves, goblins, dragons, magic. If you were to equate it to a D&D campaign, you would be close enough for proverbial government work. That said, thanks to time ...
3
votes
8answers
279 views

Will a civilization need to make weapons if their use of magic is limitless?

OK here's the scenario. After 1000 years, the elves were able to build a kingdom for themselves. They were given by their creator God the ability to wield unimaginable magic, magic that can shape ...
6
votes
2answers
446 views

Could a human die through a dream?

I am sure anyone had terrible nightmares, some are even that terrifying that they wake you up with a bed soaked in sweat, skyrocketing the pulse that it almost bursts your heart. However, can a dream ...
3
votes
8answers
308 views

Tactics for society with indestructible material

I'm thinking of creating a society with an indestructible material at its disposal, with molecular bonds impossible to break once it has been synthesized and cast. How would a society using this ...
14
votes
13answers
7k views

How do you make a gun that shoots melee weapons and/or swords?

In my industrial-punk-with-airships setting, I think it would be cool to have ship-mounted and personal-use ranged weapons that shoot swords, axes, glaives, or other heavy melee weapons. I'd like this ...
8
votes
9answers
663 views

What could be a means to defeat a child’s nightmare? [closed]

In my world, there is a monster that materializes as a childhood nightmare (nothing specific, just this general fear children feel when they are alone in the dark). I wonder what would be a nice way ...
11
votes
7answers
12k views

How can I make scythes a viable weapon in a (slightly) less-realistic world?

I've always liked the idea of scythes. Their connotation of death and reaping is always satisfying. But they're also a polearm, and that could make for some interesting martial feats. But nearly every ...
11
votes
15answers
2k views

Slow moving projectiles from a hand-held weapon - how do they reach the target?

Human Earth explorers land on planet X. They are there to survey it. They are unaware that there is life on X until ... The locals are very aggressive and fire on them from a distance. The thing is ...
8
votes
4answers
842 views

High pressure canisters of air as gun-less projectiles

Imagine a small metal canister, with a narrow exit on the top. There is a sort of door covering this, with a metal plate that is removed from the side. The pressure inside of the canister acts as a ...
11
votes
1answer
88 views

Degradable ammunition for electro magnetic guns

Would it be possible to make ammunition for railguns and gauss rifles that would degrade over time either through a natural process or by the means of star radiation, so the missed shots don't ...
22
votes
19answers
11k views

What is a good reason for every spaceship to carry a weapon on board?

In the near future humanity has started mining on Mars. International (and interplanetary) treaties governing the use of lethal weapons in space dictate that anyone possessing such a weapon must carry ...
5
votes
5answers
3k views

Why would an object be shot in an arc instead of in a straight line?

So assuming an open field and there are targets set up away from you. Now you are shooting magic spears or spears that defy gravity(I don't know what I'm talking about). You have the option to have ...
4
votes
3answers
140 views

Vacuum Cleaners as Weapons against the Spider Folk - improving their range

Background The spider folk, excluding their legs, are about the size of a golf ball but they are very numerous, they are highly venomous and, they're invading. Various tactics have been tried but the ...
31
votes
34answers
12k views

How can guns be countered by melee combat without raw-ability or exceptional explanations?

I'm writing a science fantasy setting for a tabletop game. Its major influences are Dune, Final Fantasy 7, and Borderlands. My goal is to give a universal account why swords, spears, etc., equal or ...
3
votes
4answers
192 views

Could a Civil War tech society reverse engineer modern weapons/vehicles?

This is a continuation of my other question How does a mid-19 century military combat a modernized one? So, let’s say our USCA was able to destroy those damn meddling Bunkerites once and for all. ...
23
votes
6answers
5k views

Can I create an unstoppable disease?

Illnesses caused by bacteria can be held at bay by antibiotics, and some viruses can be fought with anti-viral medicine. However, I'd like to create a disease for use as a bioweapon that cannot be ...
4
votes
14answers
3k views

How to achieve physical gender equality? [closed]

Now, I am constructing a human-like civilization that has more advanced technology than our own. They share genes through sexual reproduction. I hope in this world, there will be fewer rapes caused ...
0
votes
1answer
123 views

What was the range of Greek Fire? [closed]

As stated above, what was the range of this Byzantine superweapon and could it be modified to increase its range? If so, how would the Byzantines have done it?
10
votes
11answers
1k views

Space weaponry?

So in the sci.fi world I am currently building, I am trying for a fairly technical approach to space combat. Movement is cumbersome and you're strafing more so than performing maneuvers that aren't ...
55
votes
11answers
10k views

What would be the best way to fight a duel with lightsabers?

Lightsabers are really, really different from modern swords. They have weightless blades, will cut through their targets independent of velocity, and can be turned on and off fairly quickly. In light ...
-1
votes
3answers
91 views

Non-lethal nanite weapon, how could they quickly incapacitate any animal?

So, I was working on limitations for my cheesy overpowered cyborg, Anon, and then pacifism came to my mind. Being forced into using non-lethal measures drastically decreases and caps any character, ...
11
votes
5answers
4k views

Modern Body Armor for Medieval Style Weapons

Imagine an alternate history, where weapons types didn't advance past "medieval" type weapons. So like: swords, maces, flails, crossbows, bows, polearms, mauls, etc. I'm intentionally excluding "gun"/...
18
votes
12answers
4k views

Hands-Free Methods of Firing Arrows for Flying Soldiers

There are flying warriors wear wing suits. Kind of like this but with wings extending past the arms that they control with their hands These warriors do not have the technology to make guns but ...
4
votes
2answers
109 views

Best Way to Weaponize Malleable Golems

There is a race of golems that can Change their shape at will (although not their color) Manipulate objects within their body Change their hardness between modeling clay soft and rock hard The ...
3
votes
3answers
193 views

What weapons would nanomachines use? [closed]

So, the strongest of my current characters is a happy little cloud, that's composed of nanomachines (well, not exactly nano, it's well in the micro prefix, but individual parts obviously require ...
1
vote
8answers
2k views

What would a relativistic kill vehicle hitting the moon look like from earth?

For some reasons aliens wanted to kill off humanity, and therefore they sent a relativistic kill vehicle to Earth, with enough energy to destroy all life on Earth. However they slightly mis-targeted ...
2
votes
1answer
205 views

Designing a pocket Kusarigama

Well, this is a simple question. This is a Kusarigama: I like exotic weapons so I want to reduce it to pocket size but without rendering the weapon useless. Furthermore the weapon needs a folding ...
7
votes
7answers
523 views

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 ...
5
votes
10answers
2k views

What kind of weapon would enable fairies to defend against the invading 13th century medieval army?

The adult fairy is non magical being as tall as a tennis ball with a wing span of a standard tennis racket. They are fairly agile in the air with maximum flight ceiling of 1000 m from ground level ...
5
votes
3answers
330 views

Can a troll hide withstand bullets?

The trolls in my story have a very thick and nigh impenetrable skin. In the time before guns, you would need a very sharp high-grade steel blade to breach the skin and, even then, after a few hits, ...