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    What's Next?

    Consider just a few of the major milestones in small arms improvements. Rifling and the minie' ball, percussion caps, self contained cartridges, lever actions and all the different variations of autoloading automatic weapons and their respective actions.

    Question. What's next?

    It seems as if any of the weapons that are meant to replace the existing weapons have only minor improvements. Take for instance the M-16. The HK416 is one such moderately improved weapon. If I'm not mistaken the only deference between the two is the short stroke piston of the HK416. Sure it increase the service life and reduces malfunctions but I don't know that I'd classify that improvement with the ones listed above. It wouldn't be a milestone.

    Are small arms as good as they'll ever be? Are all the milestone improvements going to be in the larger weapons with things like computer guidance or in the ammo such as the types of things seen on TV?
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    Phased plasma rifle in the 40- watt range.
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    wolfhunter Guest
    Look for weapons with electronic primers and caseless ammo: Electronic primer ignition system - Patent 5485786 and HK G11 RIFLE WITH CASELESS AMMUNITION

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  6. How about gyro stabilization that engages with a half press of the trigger?

    Or how about a lead computing 1 - 1.5 power sight?
    Last edited by GSDMan; 06-15-2010 at 01:42 AM. Reason: kant spel

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    how about "green" ammo. The projectile biodegrades without harming the environment... right after it rips through the BG.

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    handgonnetoter Guest
    They already have "caseless" ammo, the Army and Marines have been testing it for a while now. I read all about it in an issue, of a certain gun magazine, last year. My guess for replacing the bullet would be some kind of focused energy weapon. Think Star Trek! Beam me up Scotty!

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    Look for weapons with electronic primers and caseless ammo
    I did some looking around with regards to caseless ammo and found this: Metal Storm - Home

    After watching a few videos, I looked decided to look around on YouTube and found this. How did I miss this? Mac in all his coolness offers a narration of the Metal storm system on Future Weapons.

    YouTube - Future Weapons-Metal Storm
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    wolfhunter Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by handgonnetoter View Post
    They already have "caseless" ammo, the Army and Marines have been testing it for a while now. I read all about it in an issue, of a certain gun magazine, last year. My guess for replacing the bullet would be some kind of focused energy weapon. Think Star Trek! Beam me up Scotty!
    Quote Originally Posted by 91JEEPYJ View Post
    I did some looking around with regards to caseless ammo and found this: Metal Storm - Home

    After watching a few videos, I looked decided to look around on YouTube and found this. How did I miss this? Mac in all his coolness offers a narration of the Metal storm system on Future Weapons.

    YouTube - Future Weapons-Metal Storm
    HGT, I provided a link to the HK G11 which uses caseless ammo and was developed in the 70s and 80s. When I said to look for this, I meant production models available to the public.

    Jeepy, I can see Firestorm technology replacing the GAU-series of multi-barreled guns.

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    I'm going to vote caseless ammo. I know it's been in the works for a while but obviously it isn't perfected yet. I'm pretty sure it is a necessary technology for the metalstorm weapons.

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