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The future is…here?

Crazy, man, crazy.

The Army adopted its battle rifle in 1963 and has spent 55 years looking for a replacement for the M-16 and its variants.

They might have found it in Martin Grier’s Colorado Springs garage. Grier, a self-described inventor who has worked at a local bed and breakfast, built the new “ribbon gun” with a hobbyist’s tools. It looks like a space-age toy drawn by a fifth-grader.

But goofy origins and cartoon-looks aside, this could be the gun of the future. The Army is studying Grier’s gun and has ordered a military-grade prototype.

The specifications are incredible, four 6 mm barrels cut side by side within one steel block. New ammunition blocks fired by electromagnetic actuators that could theoretically give the weapon a firing rate of 250 rounds per second.

And then there’s the feature no soldier would turn down. “It’s called a power shot,” Grier said.

That’s the shotgun feature of this sniper-shot, machine-assault gun that can send four bullets simultaneously whizzing toward an enemy at more than 2,500 mph.

It isn’t science fiction. He’s built the gun and patented the technology behind it. Now his garage-based company, FD munitions, is hoping the Army will buy it.

“A multibore firearm, with several bores within a single barrel, could potentially exhibit many of the advantages of a multibarrel design, while reducing the size, weight and complexity disadvantages,” Grier wrote in his 2016 patent application.

Pretty damned interesting stuff, ain’t it? Although at 250 rounds per second, I can see lugging the great gobs of ammo required to keep this beast fed being a real problem for the groundpounder of the not-so-distant future. Guess the Green Machine is going to need to get to work on those exoskeletons—or better yet, Heinlein’s powered-armor MI combat suits.

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6 thoughts on “The future is…here?

  1. “Electromagnetic actuators”…?

    So if the battery’s dead…no gun.
    If there’s a short or loose connection…no gun.
    If someone pops a nuke and EMPs it…no guns.

    Genius, right there.

    And looking at the Buck Rogers gadgetry, one muddy trench, and it’s tits up for the duration.

    Might work in space (Call Mike Pence and the Space Force). In a ditch full of cowshit and slimy water, not so much.

    This will replace the current weapon system when pigs fly.
    We’re still more likely to get a phased plasma rifle in the 40W range, or a good blaster and light sabers, first.

  2. Aside from the fact that there is no way the military will ever adopt this abortion for the reasons cited by Aesop, the ammo itself comes in a 4 shot aluminum block that has small holes at the ends for the bullet and primer and big cavity in the middle for the powder. How the hell you gonna machine that? And one other point, you’re shooting at troops arrayed on a horizontal plane, what good is firing a burst that is strung out vertically?

  3. Well, all that’s well and good fellas, sure. But I still like it, just because it brings us one step closer to those cool antimatter railguns.

    Oh, and Plasteel. Can’t forget Plasteel.

  4. >what good is firing a burst that is strung out vertically?

    “Gangsta style” solves that problem, yo!

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