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January 22, 2006

War Porn: 240,000 Rounds Per Minute

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That's compared to 600 [# corrected from original article] rounds per minute in a standard military machine gun.

Metal Storm Inc., a munitions company headquartered in Virginia but with its roots in Australia, has been developing a gun that can shoot at blistering speeds, albeit in short bursts as each barrel is reloaded.

A Metal Storm gun of any size -- from a 9 mm hand-gun up to a machine gun size or a grenade launcher -- has no moving parts other than the bullets or munition inside the barrel. Rather than chambering a single slug for each shot - very quickly in the case of machine guns -- the bullets come pre-stacked inside the barrel and can be shot all at once, or one at a time, as the shooter decides through the electronic controls.

Because there are no moving parts, the weapon is less likely to jam, and will presumably need less maintenance.

This technology has potential in a number of areas; it can be used defensively as a "wall of slugs" to cut down enemy fire or fitted with other ordnance such as bean bags for crowd control at IKEA store openings.

Time will tell.

Sweet.

UPDATE: Thanks, Jason, for the video.


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