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To: Pontiac

But that is where we are heading?All you need is a reliable power source and you have a portable rifle.


15 posted on 03/21/2012 12:26:57 AM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238
All you need is a reliable power source and you have a portable rifle.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that, but I would say that the power supply may well be the biggest hurdle.

Talisker makes good points on conductors. Making a conductor capable of handling the currents required to launch a projectile at 5000 fps and survive to do it a second time is a major hurdle.

What we may see first is a man portable shoulder fired rail gun anti-tank weapon that is used once and discarded.

Materials that can survive the high current loads are the major problem to overcome in a man portable rail gun. This is why I think a disposable man portable weapon will be the first on the battle field.

It may take high current room temperature superconductors to make a rail gun battle rifle a reality.

18 posted on 03/21/2012 12:48:35 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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