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Coolest Air-Powered Weapon?
Aug 31st, 2019 at 3:27am
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This is my personal favourite air-powered weapon, the FN 303 Less Lethal Launcher.
It is essentially a really powerful paintball gun, only it fires fin-stabilised projectiles that are accurate to 50m.
The projectiles weigh about 8.5 grams or 130 grains and travel at around 300 fps.
Muzzle energy is about 25 ft/lbs, or twice that of a traditional paintball gun.
Power comes from a 3000psi air tank that lasts 110 shots, and projectiles are fed from removable 15-round magazines.
There are four types of projectiles available.
The first is a clear impact/training round that has no payload, but is still very painful.
The second carries a payload of permanent yellow paint for marking targets for later identification.
The third carries temporary water-based pink paint, similar to regular paintballs, for short-term identification.
The fourth carries a capsicum-based irritant powder that is twice as hot as OC and has a longer shelf life.

As a Pre-Charged Pneumatic air gun, a firearms licence would be required, but all of the projectiles except the irritant ones should be legal here.
It would be sweet to see those get imported into New Zealand.

Here are a couple photos:

  

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Re: Coolest Air-Powered Weapon?
Reply #1 - Aug 31st, 2019 at 8:00am
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Pffftt!

This wee air powered baby is dangerous out to a mile!

Projectile weighs about 4 kg Shocked

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Re: Coolest Air-Powered Weapon?
Reply #2 - Aug 31st, 2019 at 9:14am
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Kiwigunguy wrote on Aug 31st, 2019 at 3:27am:
This is my personal favourite air-powered weapon, the FN 303 Less Lethal Launcher.
It is essentially a really powerful paintball gun, only it fires fin-stabilised projectiles that are accurate to 50m.
The projectiles weigh about 8.5 grams or 130 grains and travel at around 300 fps.
Muzzle energy is about 25 ft/lbs, or twice that of a traditional paintball gun.
Power comes from a 3000psi air tank that lasts 110 shots, and projectiles are fed from removable 15-round magazines.
There are four types of projectiles available.
The first is a clear impact/training round that has no payload, but is still very painful.
The second carries a payload of permanent yellow paint for marking targets for later identification.
The third carries temporary water-based pink paint, similar to regular paintballs, for short-term identification.
The fourth carries a capsicum-based irritant powder that is twice as hot as OC and has a longer shelf life.

As a Pre-Charged Pneumatic air gun, a firearms licence would be required, but all of the projectiles except the irritant ones should be legal here.
It would be sweet to see those get imported into New Zealand.
Perhaps you might consider emigrating Smiley
Here are a couple photos:


  
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Re: Coolest Air-Powered Weapon?
Reply #3 - Aug 31st, 2019 at 9:51am
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And then if you want to get really serious, you may want to try one of these:

From 1894 to 1901, the US Army purchased and installed several coastal artillery batteries of 15 inch (381 mm) dynamite guns as part of the coast defense modernization program initiated by the Endicott Board. These could throw an explosive projectile from 2,000 to 5,000 yards (1,800 to 4,600 m) depending on the weight of the projectile, from 500 to 50 pounds (227 to 23 kg).
Compressed air at 2,500 psi (17 MPa) was supplied by a steam-driven compressor. In addition to the guns and their ammunition, the steam boiler, compressor, and other equipment necessary to operate the guns weighed over 200 tons. Among other locations, three guns were installed as Battery Dynamite at Fort Winfield Scott, near the Presidio of San Francisco. In 1904 the batteries were decommissioned, and the guns dismounted and scrapped. A bolt circle for a 15-inch dynamite gun remains near the southwest tip of Fisher's Island, New York on the former site of Fort H. G. Wright.


The slight imposition of having to cart around 200 tons of steam engine and air compressor makes this gun a tad difficult to hunt with though Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
  
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