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k77/22rp
June 10, 2001, 08:33 PM
I stumbled upon this story

New Super Gun Fires Bullets Super Fast

NewsMax.com

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000
An Australian inventor has come up with a gun that can fire 180 rounds in one hundredth of a second, or an impossible 1 million rounds a minute – so fast that a bullet enters the barrel before the preceding one has even left the muzzle.
Incredibly, storekeeper James Michael O’Dwyer’s gun has no moving parts and operates entirely on electrical impulses.

Despite the fact that O’Dwyer’s invention has vast and even dizzying implications as an awesome military weapon, when he approached Australian defense officials in 1994 with his idea they turned a deaf ear. And when he showed his gun to former U.S. Special Forces chief Gen. Wayne Downing, the general said O'Dwyer was "certifiably" crazy.

That’s no longer true. The general is now a member of the board of directors of Metal Storm Ltd., O’Dwyer’s new company, along with retired U.S. Adm. William A. Owens.

As described in the Nov. 13 issue of Forbes magazine, in the barrel of the gun "bullets are stacked like Life Savers with explosive charges sandwiched in between."

The charges are set off when electrical contacts spark them in "precisely timed electronic sequence," much the same way an ink jet printer sprays ink.

O’Dwyer’s company now has a $10 million contract to design a .50 caliber sniper’s rifle that could fire three rounds before the rifle even recoiled, spoiling the sniper’s aim. In Australia the military is working on a 40 mm grenade launcher.

According to Forbes, in a recent test a 36-barrel gun fired bullets at a rate of a mind-boggling 1 million rounds a minute. Among the weapons O’Dwyer’s idea could produce would be super-rapid-fire multiple barreled guns that would emit a "cloud of hot metal" instead of a stream of bullets and capable of downing cruise missiles and modern versions of Kamikaze suicide planes.

O’Dwyer’s super gun has already created a cloud of hot money – though his company hasn’t produced a single sale, his stock is now worth $180 million, and he owns half the shares
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Apeach
June 10, 2001, 09:41 PM
It's true, but it's a really wierd system. The bullets are caseless, fired electronically, and aren't in a magazine like we know it. They're packed in tubes that you insert into the barrel, kind of like a break open shotgun. Using the electronic system, you can get variable rates of fire and fire off as many bullets as you want to with one trigger pull. It's a strange system and I don't think it'll ever hit the mainstream, but it's interesting technology. The address to the Metal Storm Weapons website is http://www.metalstorm-ltd.com/
They don't have much good information on there, but check it out anyways.

PreserveFreedom
June 11, 2001, 12:49 AM
With that rate of fire, who could afford to feed it? There are two ongoing threads if you wanna see what has been said about it here in the past.
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=31375
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=38061

Apeach
June 11, 2001, 10:03 AM
The rate of fire that they say they achieved is technically not accurate. If you look on the website, what they say they did is get a 3 round burst off in 1/500th of a second, which mathematically turns out to be 1 million rounds per minute.