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Just imagine a portable railgun rifle with special laser sighting in the hands of a sniper.


17 posted on 03/21/2012 12:34:54 AM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238; Squantos; Travis McGee
Just imagine a portable railgun rifle with special laser sighting in the hands of a sniper.

The immediate problem is that the relatively immense power source involved for powering the weapon would be immediately detectable by sensors, negating the sniper's stealth advantage. That's already becoming a problem in sniperville with conventional small arms, hence the proliferation of suppressor/silencer mounts on sniper rifles.

Will we return to the crossbow as a sniper tool? A kinetin-energy launched silent weapon with a terminally guided fire-and-forget projectile, with the effect of a 40mm M203 or GP-30 grenade once it gets there? Stay tuned.

36 posted on 03/21/2012 3:01:14 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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