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Capable of over 1,000,000 rounds per minute sustained fire, no moving parts. Fires all cartridges using electrical impulses. Supposedly theres a sniper rifle prototype in the works. They lowered the rate of fire to 60,000 rounds per minute to keep it accurate. LOL ONLY 60,000 rounds per minute.

http://www.tonyrogers.com/weapons/metalstorm.htm
 

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seen that before
interesting design
looks like fun too :)
just makes an unmistakable buzzing sound but i never saw what the target looks like when that kind of **** hits
 

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I didn't bother to read the article, but I had heard previously that that gun was designed as an anti-aircraft weapon, the objective was to create a wall of lead that a plane just couldn't pass through. If it's firing small-calibered rounds, however, could they even get close to high enough?

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My problem with the metalstorm design is that, for instance, rounds that are in the front of the stack, dont benefit from as much travel through the barrel as the ones in he rear. Thats fine if you are just looking to throw a wall of lead, but, in the way of precision, I dont see it.
 

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their actually starting to bill it as an aera denial weapon, as opposed to a wall of land mines.
 

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Would be a pretty groovy anti-missile defense if you slaved that sucker to a radar or some form of guidance, like the gagling guns that protect navy ships.

New motto...60,000 shots one kill...I think the grunts actually do better lol.

I like it though
 

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Its certainly a nifty idea, but it has been done before, and i don't really see a use for it.

Weapons such as phalanx are not effective against the current generation of supersonic anti-ship missiles, no bullet based weapon is, and so I don't see how metalstorm would succeed as an anti-aircraft/missile weapon.

As for dispensing mines, there are already perfectly capable systems at doing that. I suppose you could make a kind of disposable multi-shot mortar out of it... but then I dont think anyone has such a requirment.
 

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These kinds of weapons will make it even more difficult for the conventional sniper to operate.

These type of weapons coupled with trajectory seeking or guided small arms rounds, once perfected will pose a very serious threat to anyone.

I can't imangine the damage or chaos that a weapon like this, firing at those rates would cause. :shock: Now add the fact that our US military is developing "SMART" small arms rounds that can be guided, seek heat or explode on command.

Combat in the future will never be the same. :(

Hopefully no one uses them against us.
 

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yimmy they arent for dispensing mines, you set up a perimeter in which a pod controls a slice of... when something enters said perimeter it send a request to the operator and the operator sits at a laptop and clicks yes... when he does...

well... you get the point.
 

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Pretty cool huh? I've seen it in couple other places and always like seeing it in action. I'm no expert but I don't think it's really going to fill any reqirement that isn't already filled or has a better (for one reason or another) candidate. Anti air would be what I would guess it to work best for, but the size of the projectiles and ballistic performance of said projectiles will be a major factor there. Wouldn't the gatling guns we use currently be better? Less lead used and a little less complex? I'd hate to be on the recieving end if it replaces mines...
 

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I can really dig it. As Spade said, controlling a slice of your defensive pie is a lot easier, and I bet as Specter said, in an anti-sniper role it would work wonders....provided it doesn't kill 800 people in downtown Kirkuk to nail the sniper. I know they are working on a system to trace the shot of a sniper, and if that works out, rigging up something like Metalstorm to throw a bunch of crap at him is a good idea.
 

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That sniper tracking thing you are talking about is called the "Boomerang"
I was working on one of our HMMVW's in the Motor pool, when a bunch of officers and cvivlians showed up around one of the "Hard Backed" HMMVW's. After they left, I asked one of the Tech's installing it what it was. Basically he said it is a series of micriphones set up on a pole that pinpoint the sound and direction, and sends a readout to the passenger across from the driver. I can try to get pics of it.
 

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Thanks, I'd seen only a tiny write-up in Popular Mechanics. All they had was a drawing and a paragraph. Hope you can't get in any trouble for taking pics of it
 
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