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Is it happening? I am happening the History Channel right now, and they are saying that they are making a weapon with a high explosive 20mm round. It's called the XM-29. It has a fire control system that practicaly aims for you. It controls when the bullet is going to explode, you can also add a meter or subtract a meter depends on where the target is. This interests me because I am in High School right now, graduating 2007, and I am going to go to college. So by the time I am going to join the military, I will be somewhere in the early 20's.
What do you guys think of this weapon.
Here is a picture of it.
yikes, next the armed forces will be able to chew through metal. but the way technology has moved is frightning.
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Cool, I wonder if they pinched the idea from 40k :lol:
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If it were the size and weight of a Bolter, it'd take at least 2 men to carry it. Also, it wouldn't be made in mass production of weapons either. Looks pretty cool nevertheless.
Have a look at the (Australian) Firepower Technology known as Metal Storm. Its not just handheld short/long arms, its a new ballistics system altogether.
Metal Storm Homepage
I'm not easily impressed, but this I find wonderfully destructive. If you have the bandwidth, check out the livefire videos.
Ryan Dancey, Vice President of Wizards of the Coast, believed that TSR failed because of "...a near total inability to listen to its customers, hear what they were saying, and make changes to make those customers happy." Are you listening, Games Workshop ?
I've seen footage of both on the history channel, talking on developing the guns. Morbidly interesting. Calgar, does't the XM 29 have a camera on the end oo so you can take the picture first, the computer calculates the distance and you can shoot without even sticking your head out?
And Hard Aunn, long time no talk btw, but I think they had that weapon on the channel too and showed a computer footage of it. It would have many barrels, in one version, and be mounted on the back of a truck or something. They showed computer footage of it leveling houses and tanks.
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the xm-29 sounds scary but looks like one of those crap guns they have in futuristic videogame shooters.
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Calgar, I am in the military right now, and if you are planning on using things like those, don't be too dissappointed. You wont use anything like that, the military will keep the same thing for the next 20 years because they are cheap and can be maintained easily, but yeas they have been working on things like that for a while now, they have a round for the M-16 that is similar to that, but only ignites after going through the first impact.
Mad Props to Angel_of_Rust for the sig.
i saw a documentary on this too. it has a laser that measures the distance to the target and then "programs" (for loack of a better word) teh bullet to explode at a certain distance. this way our troops can shoot from behind walls. the rifle also has a screen to show the shooter wat its aiming at. very cool stuff
at the risk of sounding dumb, it kinda reminds me of the rifles they used in startship troopers (the first one, the second one blew, hardcore.)
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All the grenade launcher part on the XM29 is is a semiautomatic magazine-fed M203. Just a big shotgun, though with the added improvement of airbursting rounds. The rifle part is going to be released earlier as the XM9 (when I was in Iraq I had a buddy from 82nd who was attached to us from their division headquarters who said he saw some people using it) which should be released next year or the year after. Of course not everyone will have it anytime soon, hell not everyone has the M4, and that's been around for a while now. Also, the Army is spending buttloads of money on that new "Army Combat Uniform" that just looks ugly as sin with the desert boots. I love the concept, just not that particular camoflague pattern.
Calgar, are you going ROTC when you're in college? If so, you probably will never use the XM29. Officers tend to carry pistols, though occaisionally they will have an M16. Personally, I wouldn't go ROTC, as the job of an officer is to constantly attempt to impress the guy above him and basically suck his ****. Officers that don't do that tend to get put in crappy positions and don't go all that far in life. Also, my First Sergeant told me when I got out (he became an ROTC instructor at U of Nebraska) that if he saw me at an ROTC camp and I'd traded my stripes for brass he'd punch me in the mouth