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jellyghost 12-20-2012 01:02 AM

Apex Barrel - military application?
 
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Do you guys think there could be a military application of an apex barrel?
It is hard to get a sphere to fly straight, and it is hard to get a rifled bullet to bend.
Could spherical projectiles sometimes be advantageous for the military? These projectiles may go around bunkers, corners, or into foxholes using something like the apex barrel technology. It's easy to imagine projectiles ranging from 68cal to baseball size.

heinous 12-20-2012 01:05 AM

if they could, we would have civil war stories about them.

jellyghost 12-20-2012 01:09 AM

The bending of the projectile path may require a low velocity like a paintball gun or a baseball pitcher. A gun powder explosion may be too much force to get a radical bend.

Bloop 12-20-2012 01:09 AM

It would be possible I think, but you wouldn't get that much of a change as you do with a bullet. It would probably be very little of a trajectory change, therfore useless.

MrFancyPants 12-20-2012 01:11 AM

Don't need to the Army is developing the smart round, an shoulder based indirect fire weapon system.

http://kitup.military.com/2010/02/ar...ve-weapon.html

idkfa 12-20-2012 01:19 AM

Somewhat related:

Krummlauf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

ta2maki 12-20-2012 03:42 AM

I think a Nikita Missile is more plausible than an apex barreled musket.
http://i.imgur.com/32q2a.jpg

Patar 12-20-2012 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by idkfa (Post 2567907)

always the germans.


Crazy amounts of technological ideas came from Germans man!

Kermit 12-20-2012 02:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patar (Post 2568228)
always the germans.


Crazy amounts of technological ideas came from Germans man!

It's an AK47 with a flatline :D

bond commander bond 12-20-2012 02:52 PM

Quote:

Crazy amounts of technological ideas came from Germans man!
They got help from the ancient aliens.


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