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Posted: 12/9/2003 3:51:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/9/2003 10:01:51 AM EDT by StariVojnik]
I found this site to be very informative regarding this type of weapon. It is very detailed, and explains how to build one. This is cool. A complete electromagnetic handgun! I always thought these things were huge or ungainly to carry around. I hope you find this interesting as much as I do. Check it out.

By the way, no silencer required! WoW!

ENGLISH VERSION LINK BELOW

www.pskovinfo.ru/coilgun/indexe.htm
Link Posted: 12/9/2003 4:23:25 AM EDT
Here is a different prototype....not Russian.

complete....


internal mech's...



Link Posted: 12/9/2003 5:10:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/9/2003 5:41:13 AM EDT
Just imagine, this can be built into any configuration in your own kitchen. It doesn't have to look like a gun. It could be a shoebox, flashlight, briefcase, etc. The device makes no sound, no kick, no smoke, no friction because there are no moving parts and...its powerful.

This is the future.



Moving away from a weapons perspective, one can imagine many civilian applications, one example would be to place satelites in orbit without damaging the atmosphere from rocket fuel exhaust. This is just facinating!

Link Posted: 12/9/2003 6:19:32 AM EDT
So whats the barrel velocities out of something like that handgun? Is it subsonic or could it compete with my AR?
Link Posted: 12/9/2003 7:10:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/9/2003 10:00:54 AM EDT by StariVojnik]
From the Russian version, I believe he said somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5 joules.
But he used old parts for his gun. Many of his parts can be found elsewhere that are smaller in size and contain more energy.


Link Posted: 12/9/2003 9:02:50 AM EDT
I've always read/been told that these things are very loud. Your still going to generate a supersonic shock wave.
Link Posted: 12/9/2003 9:20:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/9/2003 10:08:47 AM EDT by StariVojnik]
Well, if one were to design it so that the muzzle energy is in the neighborhood of 550 to 650 joules, it would have the power of a 9mm hand gun, providing that you use a steel bolt that weights about the same as a 9mm slug.

I don't think you will hear a super sonic boom, but I would imagine you would hear something like a swish sound, like a bullwhip without the snapping noise.

As long as it breaks the sound barrier, you will hear something depending on the size of the object traveling.

a .22 long rifle cartridge if I remember correctly travels faster than sound. What do you hear? A zipping sound right?

Link Posted: 12/9/2003 10:20:17 AM EDT
Whats a joule? I aways thought of that as something to measure electricity with.
Link Posted: 12/9/2003 10:42:34 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/9/2003 11:55:24 AM EDT
Radio Shack, here I come!


Link Posted: 12/9/2003 2:49:57 PM EDT
I call BS on the no-sound thing.

If it's going faster then the speed of sound it's going to have a supersonic "crack" no matter if there's an explosion or not.
Link Posted: 12/9/2003 2:58:14 PM EDT
It will have sounds, and it WILL have some kick to it.

Newtons laws, remember?

You're accelerating an object by applying a force to it -- therefore, there is an equal and oposite force.

Now, it probably won't be the same "type" of kick -- but the laws of physics say there will be something.
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