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Chaosmark's comment on 2008-12-12 02:19 PM
I now see this when I think of potential cannons: http://www.sonicbomb.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=59 Go to Comment
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Chaosmark's comment on 2008-12-15 01:02 PM
Something to consider is that powerful countries don't necessarily have the resources to field a large number of these. Depending on any number of factors, these could result in a global Cold War, or roughly the equivalent to the US after WWII, when we were the only ones with The Bomb for a while.

Heck, you only need one to be the most dangerous world power. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2008-12-03 10:21 AM
Boom.

What Scras said. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2008-12-08 12:30 PM
Damn! Its going to be hard votin' this time around... Go to Comment
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Ouroboros's comment on 2008-12-02 06:31 PM
Gotta give it to you, this one turned out excellent!

/D Go to Comment
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sverigesson's comment on 2008-12-15 08:45 AM
This is fantastic. I imagine they are relatively more expensive than nuclear weapons in our world, hence a powerful nation might only employ a handful of these, correct? Then, I would think that most war efforts would consist of espionage and sabotage, locating and deactivating these weapons so that a conventional invasion would be possible. Very very good submission, and an easy 5. Go to Comment
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Kassil's comment on 2008-11-09 06:14 PM
I'll adjust it with that in mind. The only air rifle I had was a single-shot hand-pump model.

Also, your google-fu is frightening sometimes. Or did you already know where to find that trivia? Go to Comment
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Kassil's comment on 2008-11-09 06:20 PM
Updated: Adjusted with comments in mind. Go to Comment
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Kassil's comment on 2008-11-10 07:21 AM
You just made my head hurt, man. Steampunk ninjas. Ow.

But yes, for assassins and scouts who need relative silence, they're excellent. They lack the full stopping power of a black powder weapon, really, but for what they're meant for, they're excellent. Go to Comment
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Kassil's comment on 2008-11-10 07:23 AM
Sort of. It comes with a crank you plug in, like hand-cranking an old car to kick-start it, except here each wind compresses a bit more air in the canister. Otherwise it's essentially a clockwork rendering of an air rifle. Go to Comment
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Kassil's comment on 2008-11-10 07:25 AM
That's basically it.

I decided we needed another firearm besides Ouro's Locastrian Breech-Loader and Cheka's C-47. Then MoonHunter commented about clockworks in the sidebar, and so... Yeah. Go to Comment
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Kassil's comment on 2009-06-08 11:08 AM
Actually, if you've ever used a crossbow, this is easier to reload; rather than requiring you to haul the string back and then nock a quarrel in the grove, you snap it open and slide in a fresh projectile, then snap it shut again. A slight modification could allow for it being a double-barreled weapon, allowing two shots per reload action. Overall, I'd say the basic model would take less than half the time to reload that a crossbow does. If you modified it to match, say, the loading mechanism described in the article Val linked, you don't even need to waste time on reloading - just match the ammunition to the charge of compressed air, and you're good to go until you run dry on both.

As it is, though, this is more of a sniper's weapon than something you'll find on the field of open battle. Given that most of the parts should be able to be designed in a modular fashion, it should be a fair bit simpler to innocently smuggle it into a location than most crossbows; in a world with thaumatechnology, the parts might all resemble pieces you'd find in an engineer's kit bag. Go to Comment
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Siren no Orakio's comment on 2008-11-09 01:23 PM
Cute dress-up of the classical air rifle. The reloading time is .. awful harsh, though to be expected with the handcranking.

Historically, air rifles were used by sniper units during the musket / breechloading time, for their relative resilience to the weather, as well as their extremely rapid firing rate - approximately one shot per second, until the air ran out, which was about 30 shots. Go to Comment
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Pieh's comment on 2008-11-09 05:40 PM
Good idea. I imagine it looking and acting something like a Super Soaker without the water (and minus the crazy colors... preferable), but overall it is a nice sniper/hit-and-run type weapon. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2008-11-09 05:42 PM
You'll shoot your eye out kid.

Made me think of the mechanical BB guns made by Daisy. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2008-11-09 11:49 AM
Useful for ninja types. Go to Comment
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Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-09 08:03 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2009-06-07 08:20 PM
Take one example of a historic air rifle:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girandoni_Air_Rifle

..It was 4 ft (1.2 m) long and weighed 10 pounds (4.5 kg), which made it the same basic size and weight as other muskets of the time. It fired a .51 caliber ball1 at a velocity similar to that of a modern .45 ACP and it had a tubular, gravity-fed magazine with a capacity of 20 balls. Contemporary regulations of 1788 required each rifleman, in addition to the rifle itself, to be equipped with three compressed air reservoirs (two spare and one attached to the rifle), cleaning stick, hand pump, lead ladle, and 100 lead balls, 20 in the magazine built into the rifle and the remaining 80 in four tin tubes. Equipment not carried attached to the rifle was held in a special leather knapsack. It was also required to keep the leather gaskets of the reservoir moist in order to maintain a good seal and prevent leakage. 2
The air reservoir was in the club-shaped butt. With a full air reservoir, the Girandoni Air Rifle had the capacity to shoot 30 shots at useful pressure. These balls were effective to approximately 150 yards on a full load. The power declined as the air reservoir was emptied 3.


30 Shots could be managed with basically medieval technology. This would kick the behind of a crossbow :P


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valadaar's comment on 2009-06-07 08:21 PM

Like it! Go to Comment
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freebooter's comment on 2009-06-05 10:48 PM
The question in my mind now is pretty simple... Why use this weapon instead of a crossbow? A crossbow will punch through all historical armours. Crossbows are easier to reload and would be much easier to build. That and crossbows would be sooo much cheaper. Well, the bolts would probably be a tad costly compared to lead shot.
As a coolness factor, the clockwork rifle is definately up there. But it strikes me as a pretty pointless luxury weapon. The only advantage I can think of is that you won't have a bow string to get wet. But something as delicate as a clockwork weapon most likely wouldn't stand up too well in the wet either. Go to Comment
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