Source: Defense News
quote: until they can get guidance systems to survive the shot.
quote: Try telling battleship gunners that they can't hit anything because their platform is bobbing in the water, the target is over the horizon and their 1 ton dumb shell has no terminal guidance.
quote: I get the idea of ballistic calculations ok? Give me some credit.
quote: A railgun round hitting 50 feet from me wouldn't be pleasant but it's not going to kill me like 1000lbs of explosives would.
quote: You're just so full of shit. This isn't WWII anymore. "Ranging shots" are practically a thing of the past. With the incredibly accurate and predictable ballistic properties of a Railgun, your first shot WILL hit. And that's the only shot you're going to need.
quote: Railguns have NO recoil, will fire exactly the same every time, and have absurdly low travel time at realistic ranges. Gee can you guess what this does for ballistic calculations? They get a hell of a lot simpler.
quote: Yes, you absolutely would be dead or several injured at the least. Do you understand physics? A railgun slug isn't just going to harmlessly dig itself into the ground. The massive kinetic energy and heat of the round is going to cause a blast similar to a bomb hitting the ground and the same shock-wave effect.Good grief man. I suppose you think you can stand 50 feet from a meteor impact as well. Since it's not a bomb, you should be fine right? Wrong! Where did you learn physics?
quote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1q_rRicAwI&feature...Observe please, and educate yourself. This was just a test slug, not even a warshot. It doesn't just punch a hole through something, it causes it to EXPLODE instantly and violently!