January 23, 2006

Gun porn: 240,000 rounds p/m = dead

New super-gun to be tested in Feb.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Next month a new high-explosive munition will be fired in Singapore and then tested again by the U.S. Army, heralding what may be a sea change in weaponry: a gun that can fire 240,000 rounds per minute.

That's compared to 60 rounds per minute in a standard military machine gun.

[...] A Metal Storm gun of any size -- from a 9 mm hand-gun up to a machine gun size or a grenade launcher -- has no moving parts other than the bullets or munition inside the barrel. Rather than chambering a single slug for each shot - very quickly in the case of machine guns -- the bullets come pre-stacked inside the barrel and can be shot all at once, or one at a time, as the shooter decides through the electronic controls.

Because there are no moving parts, the weapon is less likely to jam, and will presumably need less maintenance.

Knowing all that know about guns (which is nothing) --- when I think about "electronics" being implemented into such weaponry... does that not raise the risk for an "electronic" malfunction of some sorts?

Posted by Kyer at January 23, 2006 12:53 PM | TrackBack

I've been hearing about this gun for a few weeks, and my military friends are stoked. I'm not in the military, so all guns are the same to me. They shoot bullets, people die, end of story. However, if this gun is revolutionary enough to make my military friends make excitemtent in their pants, then it must be pretty cool.
You raise a good point. How tough will it be to electronically jam or over-ride this gun? Time will tell.

Posted by: Stevin at January 24, 2006 08:40 PM