>>28517967 Absolutely. And the round would go farther because there's just over a third of the gravity compared to earth. Recoil is another issue though. Modern powders contain their own oxidizer, so they would even work in a vacuum.
Didn't it take hundreds of years to develop from matchlock to flintlock? Not saying tech in modern times is growing at same rate as back then, but don't things move slowly and only to readers of history, that they appear accelerated?
Probably the most new advancements will be in optics and integration with the user's eyes and brain. Think of something like a NV headset with an integrated targeting recticle inside connected wirelessly to a scope on the weapon, so it can be accurately fired around corners or otherwise and automatically zooms and corrects for range and windage.
>>28518118 >no air >get shot/shrapnel hit >suit integrity compromised >goodbye breathing
>compromised suit integrity in a vacuum
>The closest known resemblance of such a scenario happened during a test of an Apollo space suit in a vacuum chamber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5HOtNcDiCs (In 1965, a tube pressurising a space suit of a test subject, a man inside an evacuated vacuum chamber, had become disconnected from the suit by accident. Essentially without any pressure on his body, he lost consciousness within about 14 seconds, while he was still able to notice fluids on the tip of his tongue starting to boil before passing out. Because the chamber could be re-pressurized to a safe level within a total of about 25 seconds, this accounts for one of the rare cases in which a human being has survived such an incident without obvious damage.)
And that was in a controlled environment where they could re pressurize quickly
>>28518128 Check this shit out: http://www.iflscience.com/space/what-would-happen-your-body-space-without-spacesuit >>28518134 Once mass production begins (if it ever does), costs will go down >>28518138 If you join the systems you were talking about, and the ones that darpa are developing, the face of combat would be changed forever.
>>28518128 That doesn't happen in vacuum though, bodies absolutely do not explode. You can survive total depressurization for about 30 seconds before you black out, as long as you exhale immediately so your lungs don't burst or take severe damage - and as long as you get back into an environment with pressurized breathable air, you'll be little harmed. A small hole in a suit wouldn't be a big deal as long as you noticed it and could slap a patch over it.
>>28518118 what the other anons have said, you get hit it would be extremely difficult to stabilize a wounded trooper, not to mention extended visual ranges, disorientation of micro-gravity battle and the extreme physical demands of working in space. Imagine a frogman battle but in an even worse environment. >>28518128 >suit gets ripped to space and you get sucked out and turned to jelly when will this meme die https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Apt
>>28518150 damn son, thanks for enlightening me instead of saying I'm wrong and going the extra length to insult me like >>28518153 by saying >wouldn't be a big deal as long as you noticed it and could slap a patch over it.
Systems that reduce recoil Systems that control the vector of a bullet after it leaves the barrel (smart bullets) Expanded LTL options for use in various situations Self-cleaning firearm mechanisms Vehicle-portable rail/coilguns Polymer bullet casings to improve heatsink effect Robust 3D printable firearms
Lasers and caseless ammunition are not going to become viable man-portable weapons systems in our lifetime, if at all. Plasma weaponry could only work in space and even then it's use is questionable
>>28518511 "Plasma weaponry" won't really work anywhere, it's little more than a puff of hot air that would immediately disperse (because it's self-repulsive) and become useless if you launch it at anything.
What I see happening is, if infantry armor ever becomes more widely used, developed, and more advanced, a bullpup weapon chambered in a full power battle rifle cartridge with a recoil compensating counterweight mechanism (similar to the AEK-971 and AK-107) would become the norm. How ever, if we continue to fight dirt farmers in the desert this will never happen and we'll have the M4 for ever. Other things like caseless ammo and railguns need far more advancement in many different technology fields before they become even remotely usable.
>>28518727 >How ever, if we continue to fight dirt farmers in the desert this will never happen and we'll have the M4 for ever Centuries from now civilizations will find the enormous stacks of M4 and AR pattern rifles issued in the continental united states and assume our culture was one that worshiped modular small arms.
>>28518685 You could just have them permanently compartmentalised with rubber grommets; the person could wear a lycra-style body suit within the space suit which would more or less seal to the body (some private companies were testing them for Mars) while still being comfortable.
>>28518673 Magnetically charged particles in plasma could be used to direct it in a matter similar to a railgun, but it would still be incredibly weak except against unprotected flesh, slow, and would disperse except in a vaccuum (and even then would only work conceptually)
>>28518727 >if infantry armor ever becomes more widely used, developed, Infantry armor will never become more advanced than it is now BECAUSE the technology to break through it is faster to develop, cheaper, and more logistically sound than the armor itself will ever be.
Even that microsteel Boeing was showing off would be easier, cheaper and more effective to implement into weapons systems than into armor.
>>28518118 There's nothing to slow you down, so firing actually pushes you back, and with no way to stop or redirect yourself you can quite easily push yourself away from where you want to be without proper tethering, and then you're doomed to suffocate if you aren't shot.
>>28517898 >LSAT program reaching completion New polymer cased 5.56 that weighs about 40% less and is the same size as .357 magnum, new feeding mechanism has less ways to jam and can fit a ~4" longer barrel into the same length gun without moving the magazine location.
>automatic stabilization systems to make it easier to shoot while standing Pic related was a prototype that allowed people to shoot groups standing unsupported similar to what they could shoot without the stabilization from a bench rest.
>mechanical recoil reduction mechanisms becoming widespread rather than just a couple guns being designed with them
>those laser guided bullets DARPA is working on
>>28520018 >Infantry armor will never become more advanced than it is now BECAUSE the technology to break through it is faster to develop, cheaper, and more logistically sound than the armor itself will ever b False, ammunition capable of penetrating ESAPI plates such as the 7.62 NATO M993 AP which costs $2.61 a round, do you think that a military power could afford to issue that in significant amounts if soldiers had a significant amount of ESAPI level armor? Then after that there are the XSAPI plates that the US military keeps around just in case they go up against a comparable country that are specifically designed to stop rounds like that M993 AP ammunition and would require either slightly more expensive AP ammunition for a magnum rifle caliber like .338 Lapua that would result in soldiers not being able to carry enough ammo for significant amounts of suppressing fire or incredibly expensive full power rifle ammunition like the 7.62 NATO M948 SLAP that costs the US government several dollars per round and would be outside of what poorer countries could afford to equip their troops with. It doesn't matter how capable of penetrating armor a technology is when it's to expensive to deploy in the quantities that you need and is to heavy to easily transport the quantities that you need.
I think the next real frontiers for firearms are going to be seen in ammunition. I don't know how feasible 'smart' ammo is, but we are already seeing things being done with a package that can be delivered from a 12ga shell that blows my mind.
For example, shells that launch a small grenade that can detect when it has flown through a window, doorway or hole in the wall and detonates in flight on the other side, spraying a everything around that opening with shrapnel.
Who is to say they don't figure out a way to put a small homing rocket into a 12ga shell that will go to wherever you point a laser attached to said shotgun. I could see that happening sooner rather than later.
If they figure this out, then this annon will be right, however. If you can fit a powerful enough power source into a rifle, you can shrink down a magnetic accelerator and thus beings the reign of rail and gauss weapons.
Smarts phones, digital music and the internet. Living in the future is pretty based, I won't lie.
>>28518128 Nah, you wouldn't explode. Just get a nasty case of the bends as your blood and bodily fluids all boil out. And it wouldn't necessarily be cold--only mediums of heat transfer in space are conduction with whatever you are touching and radiation from the sun. Keep in mind, that radiation is more than enough to heat things up pretty well.
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