The future technology of guns?
Just a curiosity. All of the firearms we have now pretty much work the same, gunpowder explodes, projectile is forced out of the gun at high speed.
Well, I'm an early adopter of technology. I love to see old ideas be replaced by new ones when there are advantages. I was one of the first to own a digital camera, DVD Player, and an electric car (Nissan Leaf). I like breaking paradigms.
Well, what do you guys think of the possibility of alternate types of weapons. Sure, we have the Taser but it is typically a single shot type weapon. I'm thinking more along the lines of a rail gun or laser gun. Both of these are viable and the government has been experimenting with both for decades. Most of the technologies work fine on the large scale such as on a battle ship and when there is a lot of money behind it. Right now, the small scale isn't too practical. But we've all seen how technology evolves and if there is a demand then things get smaller and cheaper.
So how many people would consider carrying a gun based on a different technology? The railgun would be most similar to what you have now only instead of gunpowder moving the projectile, it would be a powerful set of electromagnets. The advantage would probably be that the gun would be quiet and possibly have different adjustments for amount of power you want to use. Since the ammo would not require gunpowder or shells, you may be able to hold more rounds since the ammo would be smaller.
The laser pulse gun would have the advantage also of being quiet, with no recoil either. You would literally burn holes through your target. The disadvantage would probably be that if the laser hit anything even slightly reflective or glossy you could wind up blinding yourself and others around if you weren't wearing proper eye protection. Lasers can be powered by electricity or chemical reactions. So depending on how it is made, you might have to buy ammo that contains little capsules of reactive chemicals (this is how the military ones work) or just recharge your gun. The disadvantage of the full electric would be that you'd probably have to wait a few seconds between shots as the capacitors charge. Railguns may also suffer from that issue.
There may also be advances in microwave technology too. What about a pocket gun that when aimed at another human being would light up all of the pain sensing nerve cells in their body and make them feel like they are burning alive, even though no harm is actually being done to them? The military also has working models of this that currently can be mounted to a vehicle for use in the battlefield. I imagine over time, it could be made smaller.