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--Grumpy 01:27, 20 October 2006 (CEST)

I added the new description, but didn't register first. I have solved that problem now. Comments anyone?

--Grumpy 20:03, 20 October 2006 (CEST) Just saw that you wanted the descriptions added here instead. So...

Description: The MkII Electromagnetic Rifle launches a small magnetic alloy projectile at medium hypersonic velocities to produce a kinetic kill on most targets. Tests with high-density penetrators against armor have shown that the MkII can penetrate the standard armor of most light and some medium tanks currently in use. However the secondary damage induced would probably not be enough to disable the target without multiple hits on vital systems.

The MkII is designed around a superconducting linear accelerator operating in a low pressure inert gas atmosphere. The new generation of switchable high temperature superconductors has made it possible to realise some theoretically sound but previously highly inefficient designs dating from the early years of research into EM accelerators.

Due to the limitations imposed by high power requirements and the external environment, the MkII accelerator is operated in an underpowered mode. If operated at highest acceleration the projectile either fragments explosively or is turned into a hypersonic particle stream when exiting the barrel into the denser air. The recoil at higher power would also be significant with the current projectile. Furthermore, underpowered operation allows higher burst repetition rates by reduced cooling requirements.

The projectile is smaller and lighter than the standard projectile used in the AR-80 assault rifle. The current design uses a composite projectile with a penetrator consisting of a high density magnetic alloy core surrounded by a low density ceramic shell for ablation resistance and increased effect on soft targets, trading armor penetration and range for tactical flexibility. The magazine incorporates a small inert gas supply and and a high capacity storage capacitor. Care should be excercised in handling of spare ammunition in the field, since a breached or overheated storage capacitor will turn into the high-tech equivalent of an incendiary grenade.

The EM Rifle has no moving parts, and is therefore silent apart from the sound of the projectile as it breaks the sound barrier. Despite heavy shielding, the switching of the superconductors in the MkII rifle has severe effects on electronic equipment in the vicinity when fired, especially in the direction of the target. Non EMP protected electronic equipment within a 2m radius or 5m in front of the gun will risk permanently reduced performance or burn-out.

Tactical implications: The MkII EM rifle is characterised by high stopping power and good armor penetration capabilities, but the relatively low overall rate of fire suggests that a secondary weapon should be considered for close combat. The lack of noise from a chemical propellant and muzzle flash makes it very difficult to locate the shooter, though the electromagnetic and thermal signature limits its usefulness as a sniper weapon or for covert operations.

Graphics - particles? One way to visualise the shots would be as an elongated fireball, but small and faint. There could also be a very faint smoke/vapor trail quickly dissipating to show the direction better. Probably not very realistic, but something at least.

--Grumpy 23:26, 22 October 2006 (CEST)

--Sklavit 22:13, 6 November 2007 (CET)Railgun`s operation description is not well-posed, read more closely Wiki:Railgun.

"The soldier can simply unlock the old barrel, let *it drop to the ground*, and slot in a fresh spare. Then he can replace the battery pack for a new series of shots." -- Projectile shells not just drop - they are shot out by gas. Two action reload also has pure reliability. I mean, it can be easily improved.