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Questions tagged [weapons]

For questions about existing weapons or designing new ones.

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A weapon of maximum fluidity

This answer got me thinking about the concept of a weapon that was hard to start moving, hard to stop moving, but stayed fluid whilst moving. I can't seem to find any lightweight melee weapons that ...
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Projectile weaponization of water

Is it possible to weaponize common tap water in some sort of gun? Imagine a basic water gun. It doesn't do much damage at all. But what if we could fire the water out in controlled spurts, at high ...
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Most effective long-term zombie killing weapon

So I asked this question a few days ago, with excellent and certainly useful feedback. I've decided I'd like to build upon that question with some ways to combat our 'new and improved super zombies'. ...
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Would glass bullets be feasible in a hypothetical world?

Enter the world of hypothetical-ness: Imagine a world where we have used almost all of our copper, lead, and iron supplies and deposits. The amount that we still do have is not enough to make a lot ...
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How to create a nuclear explosion localized to only a few square feet?

Is there a way to create a nuclear explosion that only destroys things within a few feet of the bomb? The point is to completely eradicate something relatively small, leaving no trace. Let's assume ...
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Close Quarters Combat… In Space

A simple enough question, but one that Grimmsdottir and I agonized over. Basically, what would enable close-ranged fighting between space fleets/ships? We both agreed that having gargantuan ships ...
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Dinosaurs VS arquebuses: effectivity of early gunpowder armory against giant lizards

In 1495 European sailors discover america, and found the nasty surprise that dinosaurs had survived in this continent and are the dominant species. Can an early arquebus kill or damage a large ...
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Shielding system that blocks projectiles based on speed on wet navy ships

So right now I am thinking about a shielding system that would be added to a 20 minutes into the future scenario on naval ships. This shielding system would allow objects moving slower than 400 km/h ...
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Earlier Greek fire

No one knows for sure the composition of Greek fire, but there is almost certainty that it truly existed. Question: What would be the effects of earlier Greek fire during the time of the Western ...
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Ranged weapon that can shoot through obstacles without destroying them

In the near future of some plotline, the cops have been issued some sort of ranged weapon to replace thier projectile pistols. I'm specifically looking for some sort of plausible explanation for a ...
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How could an airplane defend against an electromagnetic pulse attack from another airplane?

Two nations are at war over something rather trivial, but offenses have been perpetrated here and there such that the conflict has escalated from a couple of guys shooting each other to massive ...
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Could insects evolve that could create a hole in a stone wall within a day?

I'm finally actually participating in the weekly topic challenges, instead of just helping run them. Let's say that there's a siege around a small series of fortifications that comprise the only ...
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Alternate alloys for weapons and armor?

What other hypothetical alloys could be used for ancient/medieval era weapons/armor? Don't use made up elements (or alloys, if you can help it). Assume metallurgical technology up to the medieval ...
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Would a centaur-like race favor asymmetric bows?

A race in my WIP has a humanoid torso and a quadrupedal lower body. I like the look of the Japaneses Bow and I was thinking of having it be developed by the centaur-like race. It is theories that the ...
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Weapons for Long-armed (Winged) Dragons?

In a world I am building, I have a race of Dragons. A lot about them is based around questions previously asked on this site; as a result, most of them are around human-sized and cannot fly (a pox on ...
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Planet-enshrouding weapons grid

Suppose an advanced society of humans (or, for that matter, any universal species) constructed a space-based weapon system designed to serve functions ranging from strategic air support to a doomsday ...
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What would be a good two man combining melee weapon be?

I was playing Dark Souls II, and came across these 2 ass-hats. (Disclaimer, that is not me, I just pulled that from Google). They then inspired to make this question. Imagine a race of humanoids, 8 ...
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Magnetism-based weaponry

I remember seeing a show on the Science or Discovery channel about a certain type of star, maybe a magnetar, with a powerful magnetic field that would twist and wind over time. Eventually, the field ...
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Poisoned close-combat weaponry — practical implementations?

The use of poisons (often assumed to be in liquid form) on knives and other melee weapons, often by stealthy or roguish characters, is a classical fantasy trope. However, some have said it to be of ...
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Weaponising Local Air Pressure

There are plenty of high tech gases that humans have weaponised to give advantages not only in wars, but in close combat (not really a gas, I know) and riot control, just to name a few uses. All of ...
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What would be favoured weapons and weapon styles of a four-armed human?

I have a race of humanoids with 4 hands. They are on average 7 feet tall and are as dexterous with each of their 4 hands as a human is dexterous with each of their arms. What kinds of weapons would ...
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What would a sentient, intelligent, but very small bird use as a ranged weapon against human or larger armored targets?

So I have sparrows, which are sentient and intelligent, which are physically exactly still just the same, no extra hands or anything, so any weapon would have to be held in the feet or somehow ...
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Larger weapons for a larger world

Okay, so its been said by various people time and time again that overtly huge fantasy melee weapons are not practical in any way whatsoever. They are too large and cumbersome, and in a fair fight ...
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A more powerful bow

What methods are there to make more powerful bows, besides simply upscaling it? Just for definition, I will take more powerful to mean that it has more draw strength and longer range. The tech level ...
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How would todays (handheld) guns/ammo evolve in the far future?

If mankind in ~ 1000 years would still use chemical propellants for handheld weapons and their ammunition, how would they improve, given the following: There has been no dark age, but constant ...
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Which space-based weapon technologies are going to thrive?

Given enough time for research (centuries, basically in a post-faster-than-light-era) and resources, which current (or new) weapon technologies have the most potential? Missiles? What payload would ...
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Can a galaxy be destroyed by a single but well-accelerated particle?

Can a galaxy be destroyed by a single but well-accelerated particle, like electron or neutrino? For instance, one shoots a very high-energy electron in the direction of the galaxy. It collides with ...
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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)...
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Reformatting Death Stars as powerful telescopes

I think the Hubble telescope is too small to observe the universe. Ditto for James Webb, Keck and other telescopes out there. I decided I need something much bigger. So, I recently got two Death ...
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Guns and Tasers (lethal and non-lethal) - should we combine them (as a weapon for Police)?

Inspired by Could laser (or other energy-bolt-shooting) guns ever practically replace regular guns with bullets? As cool as the Star Trek stun gun/disintegrator is. I sometimes question the use of "...
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Could laser (or other energy-bolt-shooting) guns ever practically replace regular guns with bullets?

This question is about the technical plausibility that, instead of guns with bullets, cops would be using hand guns that emit a bolt of laser beam (or some other energy beam). Considering issues such ...
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Weapon developed in modern melee only world

Let's say a global law has been passed in the year 2000 that disallows any projectile, explosive or otherwise long distance weapon or put differently, only allows variations of melee weapons. Thrown ...
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Plausible plasma weapons?

In a lot of science fiction, the advanced weaponry takes the form of guns firing directed bursts of plasma. These searing bolts of fire are classic ways to create weapons apparently rooted in science, ...
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What can be used to make the world's deadliest bullet?

In a hypothetical near-future setting, humanity has been subjugated by an upper class of cyborgs. A melding of man and machine, they rule the world with an iron fist. The resistance has one chance to ...
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How could Golems best be used to defend a modern day city of Prague?

The Situation: The year is 2014 and the city of Prague is under siege. Cut off from supply, the city prepares to defend itself with whatever is at hand. The Jewish community offers the services of as ...
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Weapons for boarding spacecraft?

With today's technologies firing a gun inside a spacecraft could be catastrophic, although not certain it's widely agreed that firing weapons inside the space stations is very risky. Assuming space ...
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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 ...
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Could a civilization achieve spaceflight without inventing advanced weaponry along the way?

The question is fairly simple. Could a civilization progress so far as to have spaceships while still using swords, spears, and bows as their most advanced weaponry? (what those weapons are made of ...
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What would be the minimum distance between front line trenches in trench warfare?

How close could two trenches be in a stationary war that lasted about 4 months? Specification: Infrastructure should be established and there is artillery in use. The no man's land is mostly plain ...
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How different would land-based medieval warfare be if it had to combat area of effect attacks?

In plenty of fantasy words, there's a wizard who can drop fireballs on large swathes of combatants. There usually isn't a detailed explanation of how a medieval military force would deal with what is ...