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Thursday, 29 August 2019

[TLE] Re: Armies of Chaos (2)

Filed under: Correspondence, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:29 PM (17:29)

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 at 7:21 AM:

His is something sci fi if it’s more powerful than a 44 mag.

Here’s the technical details as specified by L. Neil:

  • 4 times as powerful as a .44 Magnum projectile
  • Half the size of a Smith & Wesson Model 29
  • Can be constructed by unskilled labor using manual tools in 60 minutes with 5 bucks worth of materials
  • Very durable if built from steel or titanium
  • If made from plastic, is disposable and undetectable by metal detectors

Most of the “sci-fi” (pronounced “skiffy”) type devices (lasers, railguns or coilguns, or plasma projectors) that people are building at home are either way larger than a Model 29, or way less powerful, and almost always cost more than 5 bucks to construct. Also, they all require quality tools and a working knowledge of electronics. Plus, the schematics for such devices often are multi-page, considering the details involved.

Most if not all of them are not at the point where they can be used as actual weapons, as described in L. Neil’s article.


  1. The Libertarian Enterprise [TLE], #1,035: Sunday, 25 August 2019Armies of Chaos, by L. Neil Smith

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