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The Rigsby Coil Gun,

Invented by a Texas man named Virgil Rigsby in 1934, the Rigsby Coil Gun was a machine that was unique in that it used electromagnets as its source of ignition. A coil gun, also known as a Gauss gun, does not use an expanding gas propellant such as gunpowder. Rather the projectile is propelled down the barrel using a series of electromagnets which, if timed right, will pull the projectile down through the barrel and out of the bore at high velocity..

The Rigsby Coil Gun fired at a rate of 150 rounds per minute with little sound or recoil. It was featured in a 1936 edition of Popular Mechanics but other than that saw little use of exposure.  The military was uninterested in the design because it was large, delicate, and required massive amounts of power to operate.

The Condor Gauss Rifle

The Condor Gauss Rifle is a gauss weapon that uses electromagnetic coils to accelerate a projectile to hypersonic speeds, often nearly mach 7.5 (2552.175 meters a second). This makes it an incredibly deadly weapon, particularly for long-range slaughter.

The gun is electronic, fed from a cold fusion reactor that powers the coils and scope. The hydrogen fuel rods of the reaction last approximately a week before needing to be replaced.

The scope provides real-time data on wind conditions, penetrating power of the round against cover, and time it will take for a round to reach the targeted area. The gun features a highly complex TAI (Target-Assist Intelligence) that can scan and determine with roughly 95% accuracy the material that a given piece of cover is made of, along with a 99.9% accuracy on wind conditions, both of which can be improved even further with aid from orbital scans. Thus, the Condor is most often seen in the militaries of humanoid species, as it makes an ideal sniping weapon.

The Condor fires 80*15 mm ferromagnetic slugs, capable of piercing almost all armors found in light vehicles and infantry, though heavy armor such as that on a heavy tank or an assault mecha will merely be damaged. Like all gauss weapons, the bullet creates a stream of superheated plasma around and behind the bullet as it travels, due to the compression of air. This leads to deadly pressure differences in struck targets, where rapid expansion of air within a target causes the target to rupture.

The Condor magazine holds 10-25 rounds, depending on the model and the type of magazine used. There have been experiments into alternate forms of slugs, like the larger spaceship gauss weapons have, but so far they have remained very rare, as the simple Condor slug has proven more than effective, and incredibly cheap to produce to boot, with only small advantages being conferred with alternate payloads or shapes.

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Full-Auto Gauss Gun (by Larsplatoon)

Dude. Fucking Engineering, man. 

anonymous asked:

Do you think that Gauss Rifles and Railgun are the next stage in modern weaponry or just a passing footnote? I seen a lot of videos of people just shooting cans with Gauss guns and the navy's new railgun is just terrifying.

It’s going to be a long time (if ever) before they’re portable enough to be a handheld weapon. There’s a big difference between some cobbled together coil gun some dude built in his garage and something that would rule conventional firearms obsolete.  I can see them seeing more widespread usage on things like ships that can effectively power them.