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Questions tagged [weapons]

For questions about existing weapons or designing new ones.

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Could a 2-litre milk carton be used to knock someone unconscious? [closed]

More specifically: could a 2-litre milk carton like the one pictured below be used to knock someone unconscious via a single blow to the head, or would the carton burst from the force? Here is some ...
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Could a non-newtonian armor coupled with a dampening fabric stop bullets but not melee weapons and arrows/bolts? [duplicate]

In a futuristic setting, nations have invented a way to create armor just a bit heavier than cloth. This would be worn like chainmail and would be available widely. I am looking for a way to make this ...
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Glass arrow heads

Can arrows with glass heads be effective and optimally implemented in an early medieval war setting? I'd imagine it could be cheaper and faster to produce than metal heads, since the shape of the ...
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Could the development of a body armour that completely stop any small arms' fire make a civilization go back to medieval-style combat?

In my futuristic, nations at war have invented a fabric just a bit heavier than cloth, that effectively stops any small arms fire. This huge leap in technology made gunpowder small arms useless. Large ...
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How effective is a free electron laser in space combat?

In my world I'm thinking of using megawatt class free electron lasers as main armament, hopefully somewhat minaturized with future tech. Free electron lasers are lasers that use electrons as the ...
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How would a world full of magic adapt to fighting Mechas? [closed]

Setting In my world, magic has been the predominant force in the way countries have fought war. It's been used to help turn the tide of many battles and because of it every nation has been dependent ...
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Azidoazide Azide Storage and Weaponization

AA (azidoazide azide) is a hyper-explosive 14 nitrogen molecule. My questions are: what are some theoretical ways to store it so it doesn't explode on you but on the enemy you throw it at, and what ...
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Zopheridae Super Shell

The Zopheridae is a subfamily of beetles that are known for their super hard exoskeletons. In order to stick and insect-pin in them, you need a drill to get it in them. You also cannot crush them just ...
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How Can a Slice of Toast be Weaponised? [closed]

In a short story I'm writing, the protagonist is running late to work and, as such, is having to eat breakfast on the way there. Unfortunately, the city is currently under siege by an opposing state, ...
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Production of ammo in post-apocalypse - problems and solutions

First i'll introduce the settings, it's the same one as for my previous question (about currency). It's happening in post-apocalyptic SE Europe (Balkans specifically), about 60-80 years from now. ...
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Handling a sword blade (directly) to stab

I'm ESL, hope I can deliver the questions clearly. Consider a regular and sharp longsword. Would it be possible to stab someone by handling it close to the tip or maybe in the middle of the blade? (...
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How humane are laser weapons? [closed]

Would a realistic laser weapon be incredibly painful for a human level of pain sensitivity? I'm making a story where a very high tech AI will come into conflict with a group with earth like ...
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What technological improvements need to be made to gyrojets in order for them to be militarily effective?

Gyrojets are weapons that fire rocket propelled darts,they are lightweight, they have low recoil, are very silent, and at long ranges have extremely high velocity. They however are highly inaccurate, ...
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Hand Held Hybrid Gas Expansion / Coil Guns

Would coil gas expansion hybrids hand gun be viable weapons in the near term future? I have a science fiction setting that I would like to spice up with hand held sci-fi weaponry (coil guns, plasma ...
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Would a handheld particle accelerator weapon be feasible?

I saw this on an interesting reddit and wondered if you could replace all the handwave blaster weapons in sci fi with particle accelerator rifles or pistols and what tech would be required to make ...
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Effective orbital death platforms? [closed]

So I have this secret organization that needs to eliminate most of the humans on Earth. They have designed bunkers to save the right amount of people, but in order to start over they need to remove ...
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What kind of weaponry and tactics would be effective against a plant based species?

In my world the Human Empire had always been in a constant struggle against nature itself. One of the Empires foes is a parasitic/symbiotic collective of sentient plants. Basically treants but ...
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Handheld Weapons: Gas Expansion vs Coil Guns

What would make hand held coil guns viable weapons? I have a science fiction setting that I would like to spice up with hand held sci-fi weaponry (coil guns, plasma weaponry). However, it may be too ...
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Gateway guardian stations

In space the most valuable resource is a very limited number of super advanced gateways that form a massive, galaxy spanning network with each other. Obviously, each major faction is going to try to ...
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Ideal Sword For A Giant? [closed]

OK so we have a giant. He is 9 feet tall and has a little over 30 times the strength of a man and is heavily armored so he isn't afraid to go (but generally doesn't go) waist deep in the enemy, he ...
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How long could we preserve technology post-apocalypse?

If we specifically engineered a doomsday bunker to preserve technology and weaponry, what could we preserve and how long could we make it last? I'm looking at a timeline of circa 300 years. You can ...
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Poison for Assassins

I need a venom for my world that can be applied to a blade, preferable a small dart, but that will not instantly kill the person. If it can be used to temporarily knock someone out or paralyze them, ...
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Atmosphere on fire [duplicate]

Supposedly Edward Teller was worried about the atom bomb setting the atmosphere on fire. Apparently he was wrong, but I was wondering what it would take to burn the earths atmosphere?
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Ideas for Economical Weapons of Mass Destruction? [closed]

Basically in my story There is an alien race that is trying to destroy humanity. Instead of wasting the energy for an invasion or some kind of super weapon they just broadcast schematics and ...
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The BFG, instant death from anywhere? [closed]

Mounted in the middle of the Colonist main military base is the Massive Energized Particle Railgun. A BFG (Big Freaking Gun) able to draw on an effectively endless amount of power in order to charge ...
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A Mace For A Giant

If a 9 foot tall giant weighing around 800 pounds fully armored with ten times the strength of a human (Completely proportional hand-wave that), beyond just scaling the mace up with him would their be ...
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What would make planet very hard to pacify?

I'm creating a world for a space opera as a continuation of my series: Is my habitable system possible? Is it plausible for monarch to retain some real powers in democracy Choosing limits for psychic ...
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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....
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Arrows Beyond The Speed Of Sound?

There exists a bow capable of sending a 1000 gram arrow flying at about 1900 mph. The bow is a re-curve resembling the old Mongolian style bows and is made of steel. What sort of modifications would ...
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Would this bow work in real life? [closed]

The bow in question is this one that the girl is using. https://i.redd.it/jjbrxnq1krb01.gif The setting is steampunk. The idea behind it is that the common enemy of the world are Zombies that have ...
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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 ...
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Can a weapon that uses plastic materials be mass-produced with WW2-ish technology?

So, there's a WW2-1950's-ish era in my world, and currently I'm designing a couple of firearms. As far as I've read most weapons at that time mostly uses stamped metal and wood, and only a very ...
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Thousand pound steel bow?

If a bow was made of steel and shaped like a Old Mongolian Bow with a draw weight of around 1000 lbs was made in proportion to a 9 foot tall humanoid (assume strength is enough to pull bow normally ...
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How many nukes can explode in the US without seriously affecting Canada?

Perhaps you have read Margaret Attwood's story 'A Handmaid's Tale' (spoiler alert- entire plot synopsis)? I thought a prequil is in order. A story to explain how American society got to that point. ...
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How do you make cyberwar lethal?

Imagine a world somewhat like today’s. Two servers, halfway across the world from each other, decide to declare war on each other. How would one server attempt to kill the personnel in the other ...
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Viability of laughing gas as a weapon

How effective would it be? Presume that the nitrous oxide is freely available to the user (e.g. "magically" [hand-wave] produced) and that they are immune to any effects. How far would it really ...
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Why would nations train more powerful mages?

In this world, mages are exceptionally powerful. A single powerful mage can destroy entire armies. However, becoming a 'high-tier' mage is also very difficult, so most nations have very few 'high-tier'...
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Possible concealed lethal weapons in a medieval setting [closed]

For a character based around being invisible in a crowd and stealthy alone, what could a highly intelligent craftsmen (with abilities branching into renaissance era) what type of hidden and ...
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Making a 1000lb draw longbow

Let's say a character is nine feet tall (proportioned like a normal very fit human) with ten times the strength of a fairly strong man. How could a bow be created with medieval technology to handle ...
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Creating a steampunk-esque/cybernetic “Big Iron” revolver

I've gone through most of the--quite few surprisingly--steampunk questions and although one answered my question for how a steam powered arm may function, this arm has a lot of exceptions. I'm ...
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Could Naga Reload Muskets while Marching?

Ever went to a reenactment, and tried to reload a musket while marching? Well... it's not easy, it's awkward as threading a needle in a strong wind. The question is, could a snake with arms be better ...
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Could Centaurs Reload Muskets while Marching?

Ever went to a reenactment, and tried to reload a musket while marching? Well... it's not easy, it's awkward as threading a needle in strong wind. The question is, would a quadruped be better at it? ...
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Stopping Ferromagnetic Projectiles

I'm currently building a world in which coilguns are the primary ranged weapons. Technology is advanced enough to allow for portable high velocity coilgun weapons. I'm assuming the projectiles fired ...
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Would Naga be good at throwing grenades?

Imagine Naga grenadiers. Snake people, human from head to hips, with a snake's body instead of legs. How would they throw grenades? Much as humans do. Except, as they're throwing the grenade, they ...
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What weapon would be used by a civilization living 10 000m underwater?

I am creating a population of human fish that has created a city in an oceanic trench. There are few things to know about this kind of people and the place where they live: they are a bit stronger ...
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Can a modified “grappling hook” be used to pull a human into melee range?

The design of this grappling hook is to fire hooks at a target at a max distance of 8 meters (~26 feet), a human for ease of calculation, pull the human to about 1 meter (~3 feet) to the person who is ...
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Would pyrokinetics allow the early development of effective air guns?

I was thinking about clever things to do with my pyrokinetic mages, who have the ability to heat things with their minds by burning calories of their own energy. It occurred to me they might be able (...
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Shouldering a Ma-Deuce

The setup; We have discovered the ability to make super-men... well not quite, but we can do super-er men. They are...actually not that super, basically just bigger and a little more monstrous. And ...
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What subatomic particle is best for a particle accelerator gun?

Theoretically, assuming it was possible and practical to take a particle accelerator and turn it into a gun/cannon weapon, and use it to shoot accelerated subatomic particles. What sort of subatomic ...
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The balance problems and possible workarounds for two legged war machines [closed]

I'm becoming a experimental weapons designer and mechanical engineer. I already have two designs for weapons I will build, one being a very heavy set of mechanical armor, and another being a four ...