Monday, January 14, 2008
In a note recently, J.D. brought up something about how small arms technology hadn't changed much in a long time, and it reminded me that I had I posted something on coilguns a while back. I haven't been keeping up on it, but I kinda like the way Donnie's coil-pistol looks and shoots. (Go to his page, and click on the four-target demo vid at the bottom.)
This technology still has some drawbacks. Projectiles need to be ferrous, and you don't want to shoot it next to anything that magnets will screw up. The rounds require more juice than you can stuff into a handgun to kick them out fast enough to be any kind of potent. The recharge times tend to be slow to get the capacitors up to snuff, but with better batteries, these things show some promise down the line.
Nothing useful in commercial production, and I suspect it'll be a while, but it's another interesting direction.