America to invest in sci-fi guns?
September 5, 2000 3:26 PM   Subscribe

America to invest in sci-fi guns? Heavy price tag... but MAN! do I want one!
posted by Bane (10 comments total)
Why was my post deleted?
posted by Bane at 3:29 PM on September 5, 2000

Yeah, because we talked about this a few days ago. I should have emailed to tell you I had deleted it. sorry.

I'll leave this here as a reminder to myself to program the "search all previous posts for this URL" thing tonight.
posted by mathowie at 4:22 PM on September 5, 2000

I wouldn't count on any of this stuff working. As anyone who owns an American car can tell you, the more options you have, the more likely something is to break.
posted by Mr. skullhead at 4:45 PM on September 5, 2000

I figured it would've been blogged before... knowing you people...
but really, you can't blame me for that one... I searched ahead of time... and now again that you've pointed out the old one, I searched again, and as it seems, the search thingie is broken.

Oh, and while you're at it, maybe make it not convert the character code for &'s... so we can do stuff like <THIS>
posted by Bane at 4:50 PM on September 5, 2000

"Shee-it, my bullets are broken! I guess I'll just have to choose between the nerve gas grenade, the flamethrower, and the laser. F***in' Army technology!"

I'm more worried about the luggability.

I read Black Hawk Down a ways back, and the top complaint of the grunts was that NATO bullets had no stopping power. They'd rather have a slow-shooting American gun any day, because it took the bad guys down.

There's also something to be said for specialized squads, e.g. long-range, room-sweeping, artillery ... versus jacks-of-all-trades with too much gear to carry around.
posted by dhartung at 8:19 PM on September 5, 2000

What percentage of users of the Internet (and this site) are American? (Gun-loving Americans at that...)
All I see here is a massively expensive project which will ultimately lead to more guns. Why is this good?
Ohhh and I'll fully admit to still not being able to figure out Americans love affair with guns.
posted by snowgoon at 3:45 AM on September 6, 2000

Have you ever fired one? I haven't. A friend of mine who is about the most left wing hippy granola chick you can imagine said she did and was embarrased to admit that it felt really good. It was just something about the power.
posted by Nyarlathotep at 8:44 AM on September 6, 2000

Wow! Pulse Rifles!!

Not for nothing, but that looks particularly heavy.
posted by Cavatica at 11:47 AM on September 6, 2000

I'm ambivalent about these things being made in real life, but god damn, I want one of those babies to show up in a first-person shooter! How many Stroggs, Nali, or head crabs do you think you could take out with one of those strapped to your biosuit?
posted by wiremommy at 12:03 PM on September 6, 2000

Certainly goes along with the bigger is better, theory of American thought.

I get stuck by freight trains a lot on my way to work (living the Chicago area I have to cross three different tracks) and it seems like the only thing they carry are SUVs. We are the country where the big gulp was not big enough. No, we need the SUPER BIG GULP! Soon you'll have to wear it on your back and have a nice long bendy straw. There will be a gas and a soda pump at stations.

I don't know why we need to get these things. Our politicans much rather bomb them out of existence from a safe distance them risk sending in troops. Why don't we just keep making the bombs smarter until they are so good that Clinton can just type in an address on the internet and have a bomb delivered in thirty minutes or less or your next bomb is free! Yeah,!
posted by john at 3:42 PM on September 6, 2000

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