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Unread postAuthor: Solar » Sat May 23, 2009 10:17 pm

Much more when I get back from DC. Lots of good news.

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Unread postAuthor: twizi » Sat May 23, 2009 10:19 pm

holy crap

what are they gonna do with it shoot down migs with it
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Unread postAuthor: irisher » Sat May 23, 2009 10:42 pm

I truly hope you could give us some more details of military trials.
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Unread postAuthor: maverik94 » Sat May 23, 2009 10:50 pm

wait, so they're thinking of using this gun in the service? WOW!!!
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Sat May 23, 2009 11:01 pm

maverik94 wrote:wait, so they're thinking of using this gun in the service?

That's been public knowledge around here for about a year now... It even came up as recently as the last thread, so you must have been working hard to miss it.

... well, there's not much I can really say about the photo, other than "best of luck with the testing" and "hope they like it".
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sat May 23, 2009 11:05 pm

Best of luck with that :)

twizi wrote:what are they gonna do with it shoot down migs with it


Non-lethal airbase defence? The Air Force needs its small arms too, let's not forget they were the first people to see the potential of the M16 back in 1964.
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Unread postAuthor: maverik94 » Sat May 23, 2009 11:51 pm

sorry, must have missed that. Hmmm, I wonder what the air force will use it for...
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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Sun May 24, 2009 12:38 am

Thats really cool and impressive...but what on earth could they use that for? Paintpall wars? No offense either, but anything that airgun can do almost cetainly is done better by existing rubber bullets and bean bag rounds.
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Sun May 24, 2009 12:58 am

Moonbogg wrote:...almost certainly is done better by existing rubber bullets and bean bag rounds.

Was there some kind of forum boycott against reading Solar's last topic that I missed? The reasons why the military and law enforcement were interested were detailed there.

Also, to point out the obvious, the military wouldn't even have bothered to go this far unless this DID do something better.
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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Sun May 24, 2009 1:05 am

Ragnarok wrote:Was there some kind of forum boycott against reading Solar's last topic that I missed?


His last topic? Oh of course...I am supposed to read every single post by every member or else I am a negligent forum user. Sorry, my bad. I tend to read the ones that grab my interest. If there is some sort of ban against not compulsively reading every word from every user then strike my ass down for missing it.
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Sun May 24, 2009 1:15 am

I wasn't being entirely serious, but it does seem like every second person is making points which have been dealt with before.

Now, even I don't read every post on this site (as one of my recent posts even testifies), but even if you hadn't read his last topic, my second point still stands, in that it's made it this far through the testing...
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Unread postAuthor: CasinoVanart » Sun May 24, 2009 5:16 am

Whats this, an airgun thats being trialed by the military? Outstanding!
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sun May 24, 2009 5:31 am

CasinoVanart wrote:Whats this, an airgun thats being trialed by the military?


They're already used for riot control and there is anecdotal evidence towards the end of this article that they're being used for more sinister purposes too:

However, the fact that the guns discharge without smoke or muzzle/pan flash does make locating the position of someone firing such a gun much more difficult. (Modern note: Powerful, modern, silenced, 9mm PCP airguns are being used by U.S. Seals in Iraq to snipe at insurgents. Firing an M-16 at dawn or dusk could attract a lot of return fire to the flash point.)


Certainly the main subject of that article was actually used as a formidable military weapon in its time.
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Sun May 24, 2009 5:38 am

I hope they place a massive order...and inspire NATO to do the same.

Just hope they don't start classing pneumatic launchers as military weapons now...

It's great to see a fellow builder having succes..
Oh...and Moonbogg, lighten up....
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Sun May 24, 2009 6:54 am

Brian the brain wrote:Just hope they don't start classing pneumatic launchers as military weapons now...


Doesn't take that much to be declared an "assault weapon" (whatever that is) these days.

@solar: Very cool news!
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