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Navy railgun testing

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PiratePast40, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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  2. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Central Oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    High friction + atmosphere = combustion?
     
  3. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    What I have heard is that the amount of energy used creates a plasma which ignites the oxygen in the atmosphere.
     
  4. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    See also http://www.northwestfirearms.com/threads/now-heres-a-gun.167723/

    The projectile is traveling at Mach 7 - in the neighborhood of double the typical rifle bullet.

    I don't think you are seeing a muzzle blast, but rather as the projectile contacts the target you get heat, light, sound and other energy conversion displays.
     
  5. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Didn't see your post on the gun Ric. Sorry.