Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri May 05, 2017 10:48 am

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat May 06, 2017 9:14 pm

Slug Throwers: Technological Level Revision

Autopistol

Even if you assume that technological level four analogues are prototypes, they were mostly rather effective: the Luger was accurate if complicated, the Colt Semiautomatic tended to stop people dead in their tracks, and the Mauser was better than nothing.

The Fifties probably is the last time you really had anything revolutionary in gun design, and everything since then had been incremental improvements, with the autopistol probably equivalent to the Browning High Power, manufactured in the mid Thirties; at best technological level five.

Body Pistol

Taken as presented, rather than Bond's Walther Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell, maybe a composite carbon fibre receiver and barrel? That would certainly justify the technological level eight.

Revolver


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You had them at technological level three, at the end of the sixteenth century; reloading seems a pain. Let's call it a prototype, with Samuel Colt's making the first viable mass produced models at technological level four.

Snub Pistol

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I tend to think the human variant is likely to look closer to this, without a lot of the scifi frills.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Rikki Tikki Traveller » Mon May 08, 2017 7:54 pm

Regarding Body Pistols - think of the recent 3-D printed guns - all plastic, can barely get a shot off before breaking. These are VERY early prototypes of the TL8 plastic gun...
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Mon May 08, 2017 10:37 pm

Durability seems an issue at the moment; you probably need a more sophisticated manufacturing process for carbon fibres.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Sinanju » Sun May 14, 2017 7:59 pm

3D printed guns (and other items) today are a far cry from what actual atom-by-atom nanoassembly will make possible. The only limit on durability then will be the material limits of the elements involved.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun May 14, 2017 9:49 pm

The body pistol becomes available at technological level eight.

Just as importantly, you'll need a non ferrous material for the bullets.

I think that there is some tolerance for concealment of weapons, but not for non detectability.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat May 20, 2017 7:58 am

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu May 25, 2017 7:07 pm

ASAP - Advanced Semi Automatic Pistol

Pistols tend to have to wait a technological level before they get manufactured, which doesn't seem quite right.

Anyway, there probably is an advanced version of the semi automatic pistol; I'm inclined to think it would be available at technological available at nine, but ten seems safe. There probably would have a three shot burst fire feature. Damage potential would still be three dee minus three.

Range is likely fifteen metres, perhaps using lighter materials the pistol weighs seven hundred fifty grammes, ammunition capacity twenty, and cost four hundred schmuckers. Twenty bullets might cost only seven CrImps.

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