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Questions tagged [weapons]

For questions about existing weapons or designing new ones.

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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. ...
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The feasibility of a robot with a chest-mounted missile launcher

I have a humanoid 6-7 foot tall combat robot that can let loose a barrage of small homing missiles via a series of missile launchers built into the chest. I do realise that it would require a great ...
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What's the plausible purpose of a freezing weapon or tool? [duplicate]

Elemental weapons are quite common in video games, and I'm interested in writing those types of weapons in a setting of realistic consequences. However, I am having troubles justifying the existence ...
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Feasibility of “stealthily deployed missiles” in 0G

Please focus your evaluations only on the maneuver, not any aspect of stealth in space. I repeat: Stealth in space is not asked for, just the maneuver. Let's take a more advanced world based on today....
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Why would anyone want a freezing weapon? [closed]

I have a hobby of writing video game item descriptions, usually trying to justify game mechanics within the flavor text. Elemental weapons are especially fun to explain in-universe. Lightning spears ...
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Realistically, how useful would a bayonet be on a crossbow in medieval, close quarters combat?

Historically, there's about a 700-year gap between when crossbows start appearing in European texts around 950, and when bayonets do the same around 1670. And those bayonets are strictly associated ...
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Creating a portable nuclear bomb launcher?

So, in my story the United States Army created a large amount of new weaponry and armor to protect its troops while they marched into the resource rich countries of South America. They invented ...
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Steam Powered Hammer

Question So lets say a post-apocalyptic society that primarily uses steam to power everything wants to make war hammers that have their impact force enhanced through the power of steam. What ways ...
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Armor for Giant Crabs to Defeat Explosive Bites from Predators

The Eternal Arms Race Between Weapon and Armor This world has a race of giant crabs who have developed armor sufficiently strong that the top predator's teeth can't puncture the armor. In response, ...
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Plausible explanation of nano-tech shapeshifting weapon holding together?

In my book, I want to have a character who has a weapon that is actually a swarm of nanobots, and that can take on the shape of any melee weapon within a matter of seconds. I'm thinking of holding ...
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Superheated bullets and the damage they would deal

So, imagine that we're using technology that allows us to fire superheated bullets, and we decide to implement it against three types of opponents: Unarmored, wearing just normal clothes Lightly ...
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A poison for fairies & fairy-tale beings [closed]

My dwarves are starting a war with other inhabitants of Fairy. They have gone to Earth to seek a weapon. They can't import any weapon with iron/ steel. They find toy water pistols and wish to load ...
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Shattering Swords: Yea or Nay?

First of all, I have searched for a similar question but couldn't find anything. Sorry if it's a duplicate. The idea is this: my fantasy world has, beside regular ones, a set of Amazing Swords™. As ...
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Effect and “mitigation” of missiles in space

A few related questions here. The level of technology is that of humans capable of solar system exploration and colonization, with sub-light drives for long journeys within the solar system and ...
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Developmental symmetry; where do you spend the R&D budget? [closed]

I've realised while formulating this that the question is in fact two fold but both sides of the question come from a single fact any given that any sociopolitical entity has finite resources with ...
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Armament for airships filled with non-flammable gas

In my Fantasy/sci-fi universe there exists a lighter than air gas, that is non-flammable, while having density similar or even smaller than hydrogen (I will post some questions related to this gas in ...
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Is it possible to make pulleys and cams required for compound crossbows with medieval or early renaissance technology? [duplicate]

I am thinking if it's possible for craftsmen of late medieval times to achieve precision required to repeatedly make crossbows enhanced by use of cams or pulleys. As far as I know, pulleys were used ...
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How would cursed items work in when the wielder is disarmed?

In many video games, particularly the rogue-like genre, cursed items are items that cannot be unequipped once equipped unless the curse is lifted from them. For instance, a cursed ring, once equipped,...
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Aerial combat: winged humans

I shall present myself: I am Alfara Gal Strid, proud leader of a clan of Arat'nie - what you would simply call "winged humans". I come to you with a troublesome question. You see, for a long time we ...
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The gun which makes no sound

Is a gun which produces no sounds within the human range of hearing possible? I know of a couple issues: Most bullets move quick enough to make a whistling sound, but I may be incorrect in that ...
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War on Greenland without destroying earth [closed]

Background Let's assume our world, just like it is today, but it has taken a different path about five years ago. We are about five years in future. Any country has joined one of two powerful "...
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Using the Casimir effect with a railgun to reduce mass, size and recoil?

The civilization I've built has developed the technology for near limitless, sustained power generation. Through this advancement it's been possible for them to solve for Alcubierre's Bubbles and ...
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How would the introduction of firearms evolve in a society with limited economic development?

I hope this isn't too broad, but I thought it would be useful to get some logical progressions for how my feudal-gunpowder society might develop. It's building on an earlier question I asked here, but ...
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Could siege weapons be used in field battles against massed enemy troops?

In my fantasy universe, dwarves use a tactic that involves using a lot of catapults and ballistas mounted on carts that look like Polish/Cossack tabor or Hussite war wagon, which are parked behind the ...
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Are nuclear-propelled shotgun slugs viable?

Would a nuclear bomb surrounded by large amounts of separate shotgun-like slugs be a good anti-fleet weapon in space? If yes, how could you counter it? (If there is a better StackExchange for this ...
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What materials would we need to have melee weapons and body armor become the norm?

In a hypothetical scenario humans have discovered a new material that is decently expensive (not antimatter levels). Let's say it's slightly cheaper than gold. What properties would it need to have to ...
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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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Can biological material be magnetic?

To clarify, in full Cronenberg fashion, I would like to know if there is any biological material that does or can exist that is magnetic and could work in a Gauss Rifle. Using a Gauss Rifle or Coil ...
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Optimum wavelength for ground-based laser weapons

In a futuristic setting where people are worried about enemy spacecraft doing things like dropping bombs from orbit, and are building ground-based lasers to shoot back, Given that such weapons have ...
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Are wolverine style retractable bone claws possible?

Is it possible for Wolverine style retractable bone claws, to work in real life? Either from the knuckles, or from the wrist (hidden blade style). How would such claws, if possible, change the ...
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Projectile that crystallizes a target

Can arrow heads containing certain substances cause skin and flesh to crystallize, giving the impression of the target being frozen? Do such substances exist?
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What is the closest Mesolithic/Neolithic peoples could get to making a flint-knapped “sword”?

In the two latter periods of the Stone Age, the Mesolithic and the Neolithic, technology improved significantly. Their predecessors, the Paleolithic people, used roughly hewn flints as weaponry and ...
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Would it be realistic to have arsenic-bronze weapons? [closed]

Assuming that arsenic-bronze was used to make bows and swords, would they be practical and offensive weapons?
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Synthetic Opiate Based Chemical weapon

So the idea is for chemical weapons to come back into use because they are marketed/propagandized as humane. I got the idea from a documentary on how easy it is to overdose on Fentanyl. Basically the ...
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Plausible weapon or other cause for a space-stage civilization to shatter and revert to primitive societies

So I have been creating this one planet recently. It has naturally occurring water, atmosphere, and alien life already there. It's a nice place that is almost a duplicate of pre-human earth, just with ...
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Could marble sized bombs which detonate on impact (launched with slings) replace muskets in warfare?

I'm trying to build a sort of prime directive violated medieval or ancient society, where outside forces have influenced the development of their warfare. But the outsiders are reluctant to trade in ...
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Curved vs. Straight swords [closed]

Aesthetics aside, what are the pros and cons of a curved sword vs a straight one? Both are double-edged and the same length. Fantasy/medieval setting. Curved example: https://slytherinjess....
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What would be the effect of a very very fast sword strike

Let's imagine some very powerful dude with absolutely ridiculous strength/speed/durability. I'm not asking about the credibility of this, let's suppose it's magic. He's got some magical sword as ...
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Would being hollow solve the weight problem of giant swords?

As mentioned by Shad in a recent video ( https://youtu.be/0t8ZrI5JqCw ), a big problem with giant fantasy swords is that they are often simply too heavy for the wielder regardless of superhuman ...
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Naming Important Magical Objects [closed]

You know how all important objects, like swords,n relics, wands, etc. have special names for them? I'm having trouble doing this. I'm making two groups of weapons,one on classical elements, and ...
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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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What would a medieval mech look like? [closed]

My kingdom has the tech and arncane knowledge to build mechs,A soul is harvested and trapped inside a crystal core to power the war machines,However im limited to medieval europe materials. How would ...
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Forging metal under water, using thermite

I have a world setting that contains a variety of underwater species, some crustacean, some cephalopodic, and other varieties. Different species are adapted to different depths, and a few are ...
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Sonic Weapon for Non-Lethal Crowd Control [closed]

In my book there is violent protesting throughout the city. Peacekeepers have been called to quell any acts of violence, but there are rebels amongst the crowd that attack and kill peacekeepers when ...
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What sort of claws would be best utilized for melee combat and quickly scaling the walls of a modern day building?

A book that I'm currently writing called Surge, my protagonist, Joseph Norton is an "Ascended", a human that is able to draw upon an energy source called the Nexus (à la the Force) to enhance his ...
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Nanocellulose swords/ melee weapons

In a world with no metal resources existing in a usable fashion a civilization with tech similar to that of the Mayans discovers a way to make nanocellulose, the ultimate natural polymer from algae. ...
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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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The “Best” Blunt Weapon? [closed]

So there is a humanoid creature 9 feet (2,75 meters) tall, about 1000 pounds (about 450 kg), and 10 times the strength of even the strongest men. What would be the best one-handed, blunt weapon for ...
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Is a “constructive” explosion with reactive armor possible? [closed]

I know most reactive armor contains explosives which are designed to take out the shell before it hits the main section of hull. If a shaped charge (or high explosive) detonated within a meter or less ...
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Could there be a way to explain a sound wave (produced by a device) that can control people's actions?

This isn't the same question as the one about a Sound Gun, although it could be viewed as a weapon, for sure (because controlling someone could be a form of weaponization depending on the action). ...