A Video Demonstration Of The Navy's Latest Railgun

July 24, 2017

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This is a video demonstration of the Navy's latest and greatest railgun, which looks suspiciously like the torn off member of a Decepticon if you ask me. "You're the expert." You're damn right I am, I spend time in the bathtub looking these things up on my phone.

The revolutionary railgun relies on a massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles - and at speeds that exceed Mach 6.

Apparently the smoke from the gun isn't actually smoke, it's the result of all the air around the projectile being vaporized. Tell you what -- you give me $10 and I'll stand in front of it and see if I can stop the projectile with my belly like an old fashioned strongman and a cannonball. "I'll give you $100." Deal. "Then take it back when you're dead." Money's no good in hell anyways.

Keep going for the demo, but skip to 0:50 if you're impatient.

Thanks to Gabe, who agrees a railgun's greatest weakness is requiring electricity to operate.

  • rhartness

    Pfft. Shinra was doing more than this in 1997.

  • RU5TY $H4CKL3F0RD

    Kind of disappointed it wasnt more Metal Gear Rex like.....

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Surely this will secure our dominance in the upcoming trade war with China

  • hyperghost11

    ALL I think of is the certain scientific railgun theme

  • The_Wretched

    I had to go look it up. It's entirely forgettable.

  • Jenness

    100 nautical miles is pretty impressive but how do we know what kind of damage we're talking about? I'm with Draco and want to see it. Can we explode ships or take out my neighbors Amazon Echo? Because if I hear them singing Despacito at the top of their drunken lungs one...more...time...

  • GeneralDisorder

    I feel like a good test for the naval railgun would be to scuttle old mothball ships that aren't worth repairing. They want to sink ships to create artificial reefs too. So... use this system to do that.

  • F = m x a

  • Draco Basileus

    Two things.

    1. NO IMPACT FOOTAGE! Thing could have been a compressed air gun for all we know.

    2. Not mounted on a Metal Gear, so lame.

  • Moshugaani

    3. No slow mo footage either!

  • TheQiwiMan

    ..Bet THAT could take down one of her dragons...

  • Irina Abramovich

    Here I am logging into my other account to write about how fat afterooster's wife is: I heard that one time a dragon was covered in liquid popcorn butter and she ate the whole dragon. Also, at the Olive Garden, afterooster's wife asks to have her pasta covered in olive oil or she won't eat it. Yay!! Tomorrow's Taco Tuesday!!! I heard afterooster's wife eats salmon tacos drenched in fish oil and mayo. After feedings, afterooster's wife brushes her teeth with Sensodyne toothpaste.=)

    <3 Thomas

    Hubree: You're the bravest kitten in ALL of the world.=)
    Irina: I'll share my toothbrush with you when we go camping.=)

  • Uhm.... Yea WHAT?

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